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Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to enhance architectural features, artwork, plants or any other special features of a room's interior design or landscaping. It is mainly decorative in nature, creating visual interest and adding drama to the mood of a space.

Types of Accent Lighting

Lighting can be used to accent homes or commercial areas in many ways:

1. Sconces

Sconces are a great way to make foyers, halls, and stairways warmer-just be sure to mount them above eye level so the light source is hidden by the sconce.

2. Recessed lighting, track lighting, low voltage strip lighting

Recessed lighting, track lighting and low voltage strip lighting can wash a wall or a piece of art in a glow to create a more dramatic affect in living areas or studies.

3. Adjustable halogen fixtures

Adjustable halogen fixtures when recessed and aimed at a table can help create a personalized setting for a romantic dinner.

4. Brilliant chandeliers

Chandeliers when combined with lights hidden inside cabinets generate a cozy and impressive setting for a dinner party.

5. Exterior lamps

These can be used to illuminate statues, tree branches, sidewalks, and other landscape features.

With the correct accent lighting, you can create a myriad of effects to bring your environment to life.

Accent Lighting Positioning Tips

When determining the position of light sources, always plan where accent lighting will go first. If the environment needs more light, general illumination can always be added after the accent lighting is complete. Accent lights create bright shafts of light to make objects stand out in their surroundings. To control the way the object is separated from its surroundings, one must manage the intensity, size, and focus of the light beam.

Any size home or building can take advantage of accent lighting, but to make the accents look good, it is critical to organize:

  • The spread of the light beam. The beam diameter should cover the full surface of the painting, fountain, or other object being highlighted, and not draw attention away by illuminating areas around of the object.
  • The angle it is aimed at. Light angels should be set between 25�� and 35�� from the vertical plane, with this angle reduced to stop reflections on glass covered art.
  • Its intensity.
  • The fixture's distance from the object. Fixture distance from the object affects the size and intensity of the light beam, which should be focused only on the object.

For soft accents, the light cone should be 3 times brighter than the background light, and 5 times brighter to create a sharper accent.