Task lighting refers to any lighting that is used specifically for certain tasks such as food preparation, reading or doing homework. It’s important to know what task lighting is, what it’s used for, and how to incorporate it at home.
While a combination of natural, ambient and accent lights will be sufficient in many spaces throughout the home, task lighting provides a fit-for-purpose solution where extra illumination is needed. Choose fixtures that suit the job at hand. Small pendant lights create a spotlight effect ideal for compact spaces. However, those same spotlights may be distracting for a kitchen island. In that case, multiple, larger pendant lights may work better.
To help you determine where you might need task lighting, consider what activities you do in each room of the home.
When lighting a kitchen island or other food prep zone, track lighting can provide clear and direct illumination, while stylish pendant lights can offer a decorative element in addition to their practical use. Under-cabinet lighting provides an unobtrusive solution to countertops, lighting the required area without taking up valuable counter space.
Task lighting is used to add visibility to a small area, with light bright enough to illuminate small details, reduce strain on the eyes, and avoid distracting shadows. In living areas, tightly-focused pendants, wall sconces and downlights are the most common light sources for task lighting. Moveable floor lamps and desk lamps can also be used for tasks such as reading.
Will you opt for fixed lights like wall-mounted swing-arm lamps or beautiful sconces, or mix it up with freestanding lamps? Commonly used for reading in the evening, task lighting in the bedroom should be positioned to direct light where needed, minimising eye strain and avoiding unwanted glare.
In this area, activities like applying make-up, shaving or other forms of grooming are made easier with carefully-placed lights. Installed either above the bathroom mirror or down either side, these task lights illuminate the face evenly and reduce shadows cast by downlights. When it comes to mounting fixtures on either side of the mirror, aim for mid-face level to provide a soft, even glow across your face.
Working in front of a computer for long hours can cause discomfort and eye strain without sufficient light. A focused light source, such as an adjustable or articulated desk lamp, directs light exactly where you need it, ensuring a comfortable and practical working environment. Task lighting is important for your eye health. Inadequate lighting can cause eye strain and lead to vision problems.
To learn more about task lighting and how Amphis can guide your lighting layout, contact one of our team members.