Access Lighting - Safety and Aesthetics, From The Inside Out
Access lighting is an inexpensive way you can add drama or whimsy to any room in your house, or even to the outside of your home. In addition to the safety features of lighting up the outdoors, you can really add style with your choice of outside access lighting.
Just a few of the sources of outdoor lighting include bulkheads, spotlights, wall lamps, post lanterns and sconces. When you're back in the house, and you want to light up some specifics posters or framed art, or add emphasis to a corner or area of a room with directional lighting, try track lighting or picture lights.
It should be noted that track lighting is not the same as a strip light or vanity strip, both of which serve as more functional than decorative (although the designs can be stunning). You'll usually find strip lighting mounted in the bathroom above the mirror.
If you're not sure what to do to brighten a low ceiling or light narrow hallways, a flush mount can be installed directly into the ceiling or onto the wall. If it's a stairwell that needs some pizzazz, you can increase both safety and enhance aesthetics with the use of step lights.
These are very nice at night, especially if there are children or seniors in the home. Sometimes access lighting is used for specific tasks, the most common being perhaps the swing arm lamp often used in bedrooms as a source of bedside lighting. Because of the design of the lamp, the beam of light can be directed by the user.
Task lighting is also use in other cases where directed spots of bright light are needed, such as in a sewing room for needlework, or (in the shape of a hanging fixture), above a kitchen island or a pool table.
Access lighting such as chandeliers are not just for the dining room anymore! You'll see both standard and mini chandeliers (called chandelettes) in foyers, bedrooms and even hallways and bathrooms, especially those with higher ceilings. The styles are so varied that you can go as ornate or as casual as you wish, using candelabra lamps or halogen lamps, and add a touch of class and glamour to any room.
Pendants are great for adding some attitude to your lighting design. If you've got a breakfast nook, for instance, you can center a pendant above the table. Styles range from contemporary or casual to transitional or traditional, so you're likely to find something that meets your requirements in terms of lighting, size, look and price.