There is a concept in interior design called task lighting, which is a process of increasing the amount of light present in a specific place of the house for practical reasons. A lot of home owners are considering putting up extra lights around certain parts of their property that needs it. Today we will go over what task lighting is and how it can be used to improve your home.
Importance of Task Lights
We take the kitchen as the primary example of a place in the house where task lighting comes in handy. A simple overhead light might give us the necessary lighting we need in order to cook our meals. However, what if we are just using a portion of the kitchen? For example, we don’t have to turn on an overhead light if we are just cutting vegetables on our countertop, or washing the dishes in the sink. This is where task lighting comes in.
The main purpose of task lighting is to provide a high intensity light to improve the brightness of a specific room in the house. In the kitchen example from above, we can put task lights beneath our cabinets so that chopping vegetables or using the microwave oven becomes easier. We can also put task lights near the dishwasher to help us see clearer without having to turn on the overhead lights that may use more energy to light up a large space when we only need a portion of the light.
Task lighting takes into account the proper amount of light in order for our eyes to work comfortably with it. Task lighting is also installed in places where the bulbs are hidden from plain view, in order to reduce glare and improve contrast
Installing Task Lights
Installing task lights are relatively easy, but there are factors involved that should be taken into account first before doing so. Discussing it is not the purpose of this article, but in general, you need to choose the color temperature, color rendition, and glare of the light. Generally, our eyes are more accustomed to cool light, which is why white and blue lights are more suitable for bedrooms, reading rooms, and kitchens. Warm lights, or lights that have a yellow or red color, are better outdoors on the other hand.
In installing task lights, we also need to note that the light source should not be visible in order to reduce glare and contrast. A perfect example is lampshades, wherein the light source is enclosed in a cover to direct the light downwards where you are supposed to put your book for a more illuminated reading.
In house setting, task lights are usually installed under cupboards in the kitchen, on the medicine cabinets of bathrooms, near the tables in bedrooms, and some parts of the living room that needs extra amounts of light. Typically LED lights are used as they save power and come in many different options. A professional electrician can help you with the choice of lighting and the manner of installation for your task lights.
Task lights provide the added illuminance needed by our eyes while removing the contrast and glare that may strain them. Task lights are installed in areas of the house that need extra light intensity. They provide the necessary intensity that we need to cook food properly, or read books without having to turn on the overhead light, and do other activities that need an extra amount of luminescence without having the need to turn on the overhead light.