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•Accent Lighting

Accent lights offer you a way to illuminate the subtle spaces of your home or office. The right accent lighting can also be used to set the right ambiance for any occasion. Accent lighting is exceptionally versatile. Accent lighting can be installed in a variety of places, and used in numerous applications. Lighting under cabinets allow for easier cleaning and navigation in your kitchen. Island lights over an island is nice decorative touch as well serves a functional purpose by illuminating this task area. Wall sconces adds elegance to any room. Rope and string lights and cove lights can be used for parties or holidays. Book an appointment today to have accent lighting installed in your home or business.

Accent lighting focuses light on a particular area or object. It is often used to highlight art or other artifacts. Common types of accent lights include wall sconces, floodlights, recessed lights, torchère lamps, or track lighting. The brighter light from the accent lamp creates visual interest to a room. Accent lights may also be used to shine light on a stairway, or as in movie theaters, light a walkway.

Some accent lights aren’t made to shine on a particular object, but are themselves a piece of art with a self-contained light source. Often made with Tiffany glass, these serve as a piece of functional decor for a home.

Accent lights can also be used outdoors as guides for pathways or to spotlight garden art.

Because of the many options a homeowner has when it comes to lighting, I always recommend speaking with one of the professional licensed Electricians at SafeSide Electric in Sacramento, serving all of Sacramento & surrounding areas.

Accent lighting could be the spot light on river rock fireplace or the light inside your china cabinet, or even the picture lights that focus your attention on the painting hanging on the wall, it could also be the halogen puck lights under your kitchen cabinets, the fluorescent back-lighting at the top of your kitchen cabinets, or the rope lighting in the kick-space under your kitchen cabinets. Dining rooms and living rooms, along with entrance foyers and other areas of special architectural interest, benefit most from accent lighting. Accent lighting is also used for dramatic flair in landscape lighting.

To be dramatic, accent lighting should be at least three times as intense as the surrounding area. For highlighting paintings you want to use a spacing ratio of about 2/3:1, with the second number representing the distance from the center of the painting to the ceiling, and the first number is the distance between light and wall. For highlighting three dimensional pieces of art, like a statue you would use the same 2/3:1 spacing ratio, but you would need to hit it from multiple directions about 18? between lights.

Here are some common lighting terms and their meanings.

•LED - stands for "light emitting diode." A diode is an electrical component with two terminals which conduct the electricity only in one direction. With an electrical current, the diode emits a bright light around the small bulb. Typically, diodes have been used in many technologies such as radios, televisions and computers as an electrical component for conduction. •Beam Angle or spread - This is the shape of the light emitted from a bulb with reflective properties. The beam expressed in the form of an angle measurement can be wide, normal or narrow.

•Color Rendering Index (CRI) - This is a scale of 1 to 100 to determine how the light will show the color of an object. With 100 being sunlight, that is the reference point. An object will appear as the color it should to the human eye. A lower CRI number will distort the color of an object.

•Color Temperature - This is used to measure the color appearance of light. It is measured in units called Kelvin or K. Light sources below 3200K are considered warm and have reddish overtones. 4000K and above are considered cool and have bluish overtones. For reference a normal home will be in the 3000K area while Offices and retail establishments will be in the 4000K area. 5000k is reserved for such areas as an operating room or jewelry store.

•Compact Fluorescent (CFL) - This is a term used for fluorescent bulbs that are made to take the place of incandescent lamps and are manufactured in shapes and sizes to accomplish this task. They outlast an incandescent about 10 times and use energy much more efficiently.

•Foot candle - This is was originally the unit of measurement based on how much light will reach the surface of an object one foot away from a candle. It is now considered equivalent to a lumen which is the illumination of one square foot.

•Work Plane - The work plane is considered to be an area about 30" off the floor. Lighting this plane should be your goal as this is where the majority of tasks are done.

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