Nowadays, lights and lightbulbs are available for just about every type of lighting effect imaginable. Some lights shine in a specific direction; others in all directions, some radiate even and shadowless light while others have direct focused light that intentionally creates shadows and contrast. Therefore it is important to consider the type of fitting and bulb to be used during the design and planning phase as opposed to deciding on these afterwards.
Other factors to consider when choosing light fittings include the practicalities of installing the chosen light plus the ease of changing bulbs in a particular location, and the power requirements of the light fitting.
Thinking in terms of ‘layering’ lighting, no single light will be perfect for all applications. Not only does layering give more options for how the space is lit, (more than just on or off), but each type of fixture can do what it does best. For example, track lights are great for creating accent lighting, under cabinet lights for task lighting in a kitchen and decorative fixtures for providing ambient light. This layering strategy is critical to creating a rich visual environment.
Spectacular effects are surprisingly simple to create once dimming capabilities have been included in a lighting scheme. Aside from the energy consumption and also the soothing effects that are felt when dimmed lights are used.
An extension of creating lighting effects using dimmable lights is to be able to save and then recall these settings later using ‘preset’ buttons. This is a real convenience, allowing different moods or scenes to be recalled at the touch of a button, and is a function that is offered by the sophisticated lighting control systems available today.