Home accent lighting is designed to highlight and showcase desired areas and objects in the home. Accent lights can have a decorative and/or functional purpose. For example, kitchen accent lights are typically used only for function to help out in the kitchen. Lights for showcasing a piece of art, however, are used for decoration only. The following sections describe the three most widely used types of accent lights.
1. Track Accent Lights:
Track accent lighting consists of a metal track with multiple spot lights within. Each light “pod” can rotate in any direction to accent artwork, pictures, shelves and more. In addition, each light can slide along the length of the track for superior versatility. Built with both straight and curved tracks, track lights can replace an existing ceiling light in the bedroom, kitchen or living room. By nature, track lights are designed to focus on specific objects, not light up an entire room. Focus on illuminating key objects for best results.
2. Recessed Accent Lighting:
The primary benefit for recessed lighting is that they are kept out of the way. Being recessed, these fixtures are set into a wall or ceiling and have minimal material out in the open. You can find them in flush and partially flush models each of which have a different feel. Recessed accent lights have many uses in the kitchen where ample lighting is needed that does not get in the way of cooking. When placed under a stove or above a food preparation area, recessed lights can really shine through. They also have uses outdoors on decks and patios. When used as closet lights, they leave more room for clothing and shoes.
3. Wall Mounted Accent Lights:
Wall mounted lights can be defined in a variety of ways. Ceiling-based lights are usually referred to as flush lights, unless of course the fixture hangs from the ceiling such as a chandelier. Ceiling lights are ideal for accenting large portions of a room such as an entryway or corner. Other types of wall lights are designed to shine on tight areas. Spot light wall lights typically have an adjustable light pod, sometimes two. Vent-style lights are a different beast altogether. Vent lights are installed flush with the wall and are designed to shine light on the wall itself, either upwards or downwards. They are meant to define the boundaries of a room and guide the way.