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Let There Be Light

Lighting is a crucial part of every room and can make a huge impact. It’s also something that many people don’t fully understand how to do correctly. In this post I’ll shed some light (so bad) on how you can put together a lighting plan for each room in your home. A good plan involves layering different types of light. There are 3 types of lighting that we’re going to talk about: ambient, task, and accent. When you’re planning it’s best to start with general (ambient) and move your way to specific (accent). Not every room needs all three. To determine the needs of a room make note of what you do in that room and any features of the space you’d like to highlight.

Tip: use GE Reveal light bulbs. These are honestly the only bulbs I use for anything. Regular soft white bulbs will give off an unattractive yellow hue that can make everything look odd and distorts the colors in a room. GE Reveal bulbs give off natural light that mimics daylight. Just switching to these bulbs alone will make a HUGE difference.



Ambient lighting is the main source of light for your room. Its purpose is to light the entirety of a space. This includes ceiling-mounted or recessed fixtures, wall sconces, and floor lamps. In my opinion, the best ambient option is recessed lighting. If you’re currently using lamps or a single ceiling fixture to light a room, the most dramatic change you can make is to get recessed lighting installed. You’ll be shocked at the difference. Side note, put a dimmer on everything; it gives you so much control over the feel of the room.


Task lighting is targeted to a specific area of a room where, you guessed it, tasks are performed. In a living room, this would be a reading lamp on your end table; in a kitchen, it would be under-cabinet lighting where food is prepared; in an office, it would be a desk light where paperwork is done…


Last but not least is accent lighting. This is lighting that is directed at something specific such as a piece of art, a sculpture, or the shelves of a built-in. It’s generally done by using track or recessed lighting. Accent lighting is the icing on the cake. It’s not essential but can add a lot.

Here are some photos to illuminate (I love puns) everything…

2010 Jr. League Tour of Kitchens
 Ambient (recessed lighting) and task lighting (pendant lights).
Globus Builder
Ambient (recessed lighting), task (pendant lights), and accent (recessed light on art).
2010 HHL - Family Room
Accent (recessed into shelves).
Aldine Avenue
Side note: if you’re wanting to replace some of your current fixtures with recessed lighting… check out this product from Halo (sold at Home Depot). We installed several of these in one of my client’s homes and they’re amazing. They look great, are dimmable, and are LED so they literally last forever (30+ years) without needing any replacement bulbs.
I hope this post brightened your day… 🙂


  1. Bonnie Bleier Bonnie Bleier

    Thanks for the tips….very enlightening

    • DillonLovall DillonLovall

      Glad you enjoyed it! Love the pun haha

  2. Glori Glori

    Beautiful pics. Great ideas, you are amazing!!!

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