Inside homes, lighting systems are setup based on the type of room and activities being conducted in the space. Such considerations ensure proper lamps are used and installed in the right parts of the area. Ambient lighting and task lighting are two main types of LED fixtures that are designed to support specific spaces and activities. Below compares the two lighting systems and provides recommendations during setup.

Ambient Lighting for General Spaces

Ambient lighting is ideal for wide, open spaces and rooms where general activities are carried out. Examples of rooms that benefit from ambient illumination include living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.

Bright illumination is required, so that the entire space can be used. LED floodlights, as well as diffused LEDs are applicable to such luminaries. To prevent glare, Indirect lighting can be applied. It is best practice to avoid targeting a specific section of the room; and all sections should be illuminated consistently.

A wide range of mounting solutions are suitable for ambient lighting systems. Ceiling mounted and recessed LED fixtures are the most common inside homes. Track lights, wall scones and floor lamps may also be utilized for even illumination.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is applicable to illumination for specific tasks or activities. Examples of task lighting systems include cabinet lights, LED strip lights for hallways, LED table lamps, pivot lights and etc.

LED spotlights, due to its tight and powerful beam characteristics, are frequently used for task lighting systems around homes. Some rooms, especially large, general spaces, may incorporate both task and ambient illumination. This practice is suitable for creating multiple activity areas inside the room. For instance, a living room may include ceiling mounted fixtures for general illumination, while a table in the room could be equipped with an LED table lamp for task lighting.

Ambient vs Task Lighting for LED Lamps
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