How to Use Ambient, Accent, and Task Lighting
What is task lighting? How to create accent lighting? What else is available besides ambient lighting? With so many different types of lighting available, it can get a little confusing when designing a lighting scheme for your home or office. Our guide explains the different types of lighting - ambient, task and accent, how to use them effectively, and which light fixtures to use create your desired lighting.
Three Main Types of Lighting
1. Ambient Lighting (General Lighting)
This is one of the most common types of lighting. Ambient light is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare. In photography and cinematography, ambient light is considered the “natural light” within a room. In décor, ambient light is very similar, except you create the ambient light by making the room’s lighting as natural and flat as possible. While ambient light is meant to get you safely from point A-to-B, it is not ideal for working closely with things or to highlight things around your space.
Atmosphere: When used correctly, ambient light creates a fantastic environment to relax from an overly stressful day or to have a warm conversation with an old friend. Ambient lighting is often referred to as mood lighting, because this light captures the soft curves of your face and allows your pupils to dilate slightly (a physical sign of affection). Some yoga studios have even begun using the softer ambient lighting in their classes to help draw stress from the body.
How to Get This Look: We recommend using the following lights to create ambient light.
Incandescent Light Bulbs: The Controversy
As children, many of us were afraid to sleep in what seemed like then our pitch-black bedrooms, and we begged our parents to leave the bathroom or hallway light on. If you were lucky, they agreed after many outbursts. If you were truly lucky, you had a night light or a portable lamp on a bedside table. Kids still play the light game at night, turning lights on and off continuously. It seems they haven’t heard, according to some sources, this kind of behavior could get them arrested in 2013.
What Led to the Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs
As it is often the case, the truth is less dramatic than the hype. The legislation that has everybody all worked up over incandescent light bulbs actually passed back in 2007, and is known as the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007. The entire energy act is 822 pages long, and encompasses everything from building regulations to fuel standards, but the section that has generated the most speculation is the one on the simple household light bulb.
So what does the government have against these harmless looking incandescent light bulbs, anyway? It turns out, they are the household equivalent of a gas-guzzling SUV; they require energy to run, and lots of it. Light bulbs that are used in chandelier lights are the incandescent bulbs they are talking about. The scientists at Michigan State University explain the process this way: “Incandescent bulbs use heat caused by an electrical current. When electrical current passes through a wire, it causes the wire to heat. The wire, or filament, gets so hot that it glows and gives off light.” All to power a single light bulb.
Westinghouse Wants You to Recycle Your Old Light Bulbs
Recycling used to mean only one thing to most of us: tin cans. And maybe the occasional cardboard box. But that is so 2012. Today, H&M offers a coupon for a bag of your old clothes, the military will recycle your unwanted cell phones, and Apple will gladly take that retired MacBook off your hands. Environmentally conscious consumers are composting food scraps and reusing milk jugs, and words like repurpose and upcycle have entered the mainstream. Many people are even recycling ceiling fan light bulbs.
Reasons to Recycle Your Old Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) contain a trace amount of mercury, an essential component in attaining energy savings, and while these light bulbs help consumers and businesses reduce their energy use and energy costs, it's important that any product containing mercury is properly handled in order to protect public health and the environment. It is estimated businesses recycle 30 percent of the used light bulbs annually, and this number is only set to increase as more switch to energy-efficient lighting. Consumer are also embracing this practice with Westinghouse Light Bulb Recycling Program. You can bow recycle the light bulbs from your Westinghouse fans as well as any other household light bulbs.
The Advantage of DC Motors Explained
What do the abbreviations AC and DC meant to you? As Floridians, here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, the term AC reminds us of a summer staple used to keep us cool; and DC is the abbreviation for our nation's capital. Rarely do these terms conjure images of best ceiling fan motors. However, our journey to understand the difference between an alternating current (AC) motor and a direct current (DC) motor has been an enlightening one.
Which motor is going to be best choice for your ceiling fan? Brands like Craftmade, Emerson, and Fanimation use DC motors in many of their popular ceiling fan models such as the Craftmade DC Union. But still, we asked, what are the differences between these two motor types?
All motors work by converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, but the similarities end there for AC and DC motors. AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source. DC motors are powered through the use of a battery or a converter. The speed of the motors is also controlled differently.
For an AC motor, the speed is controlled by varying the frequency, while the speed of a DC motor is controlled through the current. A DC motor is by far the preferred motor in many applications today, from electric trains to cranes to elevators, and are definitely the choice for ceiling fans.
Calculate the Angle of a Sloped Ceiling
A sloped ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings with angles, also known as a pitch, up to 30 degrees. However, if your ceiling has a pitch greater than 30 degrees, you will need a sloped ceiling adapter for a proper and secure installation.
A standard sloped ceiling adapter allows the ceiling fan to be installed on ceilings with pitches ranging from 31 degrees to 45 degrees. The Fanimation Fan Company produces a sloped ceiling kit for a 1-inch downrod that allows a fan to mount on a ceiling with a pitch up to 52 degrees.
Select a sloped ceiling adapter in a similar finish to your ceiling fan. To ensure compatibility, choose a sloped ceiling adapter from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan mounting systems, including sloped ceiling adapters.
To determine if a sloped ceiling kit is necessary, gather the following materials and use the steps below to calculate the angle of the ceiling.
The rise is the height difference between two walls. To find the rise, follow the steps below:
Using the tape measure, measure the height of the ceiling, from the highest point of the ceiling to the floor. Record this first measurement.