3 types of lighting and how to use them effectively in your home

Well-designed interiors combine these three different types of lighting to create a comfortable, functional, and stylish space.

As well as being functional, the lighting in a room plays a huge part in creating an atmosphere and setting a mood.

Each different space in your home will require a different combination of lights, depending on the purpose of the room and the mood you wish to create.

Understanding the three different types of lighting and what they are used for will help you to effectively light your home.


Ambient lighting is your most basic lighting and is used for general, even lighting of a room. Ambient lighting should give a soft glow and not be too bright or harsh.

Examples of ambient lighting include:

  • Overhead lights
  • Wall lights
  • Recessed lights
  • Pendant lights


Task lighting gives off more focussed light, and as the name suggests, is used for carrying out tasks, like working, reading, or cooking.

Examples of task lighting include:

  • Floor lamps
  • Table lamps
  • Under cabinet lights
  • Pendant lights


Accent lighting draws the eye to a focal point or feature in a room. It could be used to highlight a painting on the wall, a detailed architectural feature, or even decorative items on shelving.

Examples of accent lighting include:

  • Wall lights
  • Spotlights
  • Display and picture lights

Layer all three types of lighting in a room to create a practical, well-lit space, and an ambient and impactful atmosphere. Spread your lighting out around the room to eliminate dark corners and create a functional and calming space.

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