Putting Atmosphere Front and Center with Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is more important than you may think. Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting.
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Ambient lighting is more important than you may think. Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting. www.hinkleylighting.com

When people think of lighting design, they're typically visualizing how lighting fixtures can help them accomplish a task, whether it be cooking dinner or curling up with a good book. And while task lighting is important, it also pays to consider how lighting design can impact the character and quality of a room.

Creating Atmosphere with Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting is all about the overall illumination of a room, and as anyone who's ever set foot in a space with too much or too little light can attest to, it plays a big role in how a room feels.

From chandeliers to ceiling-fan lights, having a central source of illumination in a room is not only essential to being able to see and walk around safely, but also to setting a mood. After all, a room that's too bright or features a harsh glare won't exactly call out for rest and relaxation. Meanwhile, a room with too little light will limit how it can be used.

Next time you find yourself considering your own lighting design, make sure to give ambient lighting the care and attention it deserves.

Visit your local ALA showroom or americanlightingassoc.com to learn more about ambient lighting and how it can affect your space.

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