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Light Logic aims to help 
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residential lighting best pra...
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What you need to know: 
• Use ambient, accent and task lighting layers to ligh...
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LLuummiinnaarree 
Types of Lighting 
A wide variety of options is available to light every space...
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Types of Lighting 
The two basic types of lighting are daylight and electric l...
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Types of Lighting 
The two basic types of lighting are daylight and electric l...
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Types of Lighting 
Architectural: This type of luminaire integrates into the 
...
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Types of Lighting 
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Cove lighting is installed in some type of recessed spa...
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Types of Lighting 
Ceiling: Ceiling-mounted luminaires are installed on the su...
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Types of Lighting 
Recessed: Recessed luminaires are luminaires mounted within...
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Types of Lighting 
Pendants: Pendants are luminaires that are suspended from t...
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Types of Lighting 
Wall sconces: Sconces are luminaires that are mounted on a ...
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Types of Lighting 
Track lighting: Track and rail lighting consists of luminai...
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Types of Lighting 
Undercabinet lighting: Available in linear and puck 
config...
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Types of Lighting 
Desk, floor and table lamps: These portable luminaires, 
av...
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Types of Lighting 
With so many shapes, mounting configurations, styles and la...
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Defining The Luminaire

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A wide variety of options is available to light every space and task within the home. To choose the right option, it pays to understand the basic lighting unit. Read this article defining the luminaire. - http://www.ieslightlogic.org/learn-about-lighting/defining-the-luminaire/

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Defining The Luminaire

  1. 1. wwwwww..IIEESSLLiigghhttLLooggiicc..oorrgg Light Logic aims to help consumers learn about residential lighting best practices, design, energy efficiency and all topics regarding lighting a home. ! Visit Light Logic at: www.ieslightlogic.org !
  2. 2. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree What you need to know: • Use ambient, accent and task lighting layers to light a room • Many luminaire options available to light it ! Read the full article at: http://www.ieslightlogic.org/learn-about-lighting/defining-the-luminaire/
  3. 3. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting A wide variety of options is available to light every space and task within the home. To choose the right option, it pays to understand the basic lighting unit—the luminaire, or light fixture. ! To learn more about the differences read this article defining the luminaire.
  4. 4. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting The two basic types of lighting are daylight and electric lighting. Electric lights may be exposed lamps or, more often, luminaires.
  5. 5. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting The two basic types of lighting are daylight and electric lighting. Electric lights may be exposed lamps or, more often, luminaires. ! Luminaires can be used to provide general/ambient, accent or task lighting. Some luminaires can provide more than one role in the space.
  6. 6. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Architectural: This type of luminaire integrates into the architecture and uses it as a medium to distribute light in the space. The most common forms are cove, soffit and valance. These luminaires are typically used for ambient lighting.
  7. 7. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting !• Cove lighting is installed in some type of recessed space high up on a wall. The light can fill the space, highlighting it as an architectural feature, or emit light onto a nearby ceiling. • Soffit lighting is installed in a soffit or cornice near the ceiling. The light is emitted down to wash the wall with light. • Valance lighting is installed high up on a wall behind a horizontal panel. The light is emitted up toward the ceiling
  8. 8. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Ceiling: Ceiling-mounted luminaires are installed on the surface of the ceiling. Typically used for ambient lighting.
  9. 9. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Recessed: Recessed luminaires are luminaires mounted within a room surface for ambient, accent and task lighting. The luminaire may be flush-mounted (fully recessed) or semi-recessed. ! Typical recessed luminaires are downlights; light is typically aimed straight down, though aimable luminaires are available for wall washing and accent lighting.
  10. 10. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Pendants: Pendants are luminaires that are suspended from the ceiling. While popular for ambient lighting, they can also be directional for accenting objects or providing supplementary task lighting for spaces directly below.
  11. 11. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Wall sconces: Sconces are luminaires that are mounted on a wall surface. The light may be emitted in any direction to draw attention to the wall or luminaire itself. As they are visible at eye level, they contribute to room’s ambience. ! Wall sconces typically provide ambient lighting but can also provide task lighting in some spaces, such as when mounted on both sides of a mirror in a bathroom.
  12. 12. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Track lighting: Track and rail lighting consists of luminaires (track heads) mounted on a linear track or rail, ideally suited to accent lighting but also used for task lighting. The track heads can be aimed and moved, providing flexibility.
  13. 13. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Undercabinet lighting: Available in linear and puck configurations, these luminaires are mounted under kitchen cabinets to provide task lighting. Shelf lighting can be installed inside cabinets for accent or task lighting.
  14. 14. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting Desk, floor and table lamps: These portable luminaires, available in a wide range of styles and sizes, are typically used for task lighting, though they also contribute ambient light.
  15. 15. DDeefifinniinngg TThhee LLuummiinnaarree Types of Lighting With so many shapes, mounting configurations, styles and lamping options, the lighting industry offers homeowners the right light for every application need.
  16. 16. wwwwww..IIEESSLLiigghhttLLooggiicc..oorrgg Light Logic aims to help consumers learn about residential lighting best practices, design, energy efficiency and all topics regarding lighting a home. ! Visit Light Logic at: www.ieslightlogic.org !

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