Types of Lighting: Explore Based on Function

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When it comes to lighting you might agree with us in the fact that is one of the best inventions of mankind. Whether is for keeping us safe from the darkest nights or adding some warm atmosphere to those family reunions, light is nowadays a primary necessity on most American households. Even though we own the sun our existence regarding healthy benefits, light is our beloved partner in crime when sunlight goes to other parts of the planet.

FinishBuild is happy to share today the options available on the market at the present moment. You can choose from a wide variety of eco-friendly products to a more industrial alternative.


When it comes to choose the proper lighting is not only about the one that it looks better on your home but the one that works in terms of functionality and requirements. In the lighting field there are standards categorizations, which allow you to understand more about the function of illumination. Our first category is ambient or also called general lighting.

1b 300x300 Types of Lighting: Explore Based on FunctionAmbient lighting: offers global illumination for any room, and is planned for creating a uniform light level throughout a space. Ambient lighting can be inclined on countless arrangements, including ceiling-mounted, recessed fixtures that provide you direct light downwards or even floor-lamp torchers that wash the walls with light and most recently soffit and valance lighting that adds a more outstanding light that jumps off your ceilings and walls.

What FinishBuild loves about ambient lighting is that contributes to a delighted level of brightness without too much glare. In some small spaces such as laundry rooms, the ambient lighting also serves as the primary source of lighting, therefore we recommended for tiny and cozy home spaces.

Task Lighting: Just as the word suggested, this type of function is focused on a more concentrated light type. Working for more specify activities, task lighting is the kind you need for working purposes, meaning that is meant to support you when you are doing projects in which you need a finer light, such as, reading, cooking, writing, sewing, for example. So, if your purpose contemplates working on your hobbies you can use this form of lighting, provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under-cabinet installations, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.

Keep into account that task lighting only works well when it is used as a contrasting light; therefore it should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eye strain. Subsequently if you are trying to spend time in your living room reading; turn other lights off and allow these guiding lights take place for your activity. Table lamps are often used for task lighting to these activities.

Accent Lighting: This type of lighting is also called highlighting, it purpose is focused onto a particular object, such as artwork, sculpture, plants or bookcases. Commonly used for outdoors areas, accent lighting has the ability of highlighting a beautiful tree for instance; a plant or water feature can also help you to add emphasis on any landscape you want. So, do not hesitate on adding layers of light in a room, however since the location of objects can change periodically, FinishBuild suggest you that if you have any piece of furniture or ornament item which you want to emphasize try portable floor lamps or recessed lighting, which are often used for this purpose. Take into consideration that it does not have to be all about luxurious items, you can also use accent lights for underlining the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping.

So, explore accent lighting to add some drama into your living-room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, accent light is very well-received.

Types of lighting


3 300x300 Types of Lighting: Explore Based on FunctionIncandescent light bulbs are a source of electric light that works by incandescence, which is the emission of light caused by heating the filament. They are made in an extremely wide range of sizes, wattages, and voltages; however incandescent lighting is commonly used and usually the least expensive. This type of light has a warm and very inviting and very complimentary to skin tones and psychologically appealing.


Halogen bulbs are a variation of incandescent. They contribute to the closest approximation of natural daylight. Halogen light bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, however are more expensive and burn at a higher temperature. Most often halogen bulbs are used in under-cabinet lighting, hanging lights and recessed cans.

Finishbuild suggest you when installing halogen bulbs avoid using bare hands when changing the halogen bulb, because just with the smallest residue of oil from a human hand rubbed off on the bulb, can create an atmosphere where the bulb warms too quickly when the lamp is turned on, causing explosion.


2a 300x300 Types of Lighting: Explore Based on FunctionLED stands for light-emitting diode. LED light bulbs last up to 50,000 hours, significantly longer than incandescent and CFL bulbs. This means that replacement frequency decreases considerably.

LEDs are also highly energy-efficient, using about six times less energy than incandescent bulbs, which means significant savings on your pocket. However, not everybody enjoy this type of light, some people prefer “daylight” or “natural light” LED options. Some LED fixtures tend to create sharp shadows that may not be desirable in certain places in the home.

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