I remember when I was about 11 years old, I came home one evening and there in my parents room was a blue light bulb. My father out of nowhere (in my opinion) had replaced the yellow bedroom bulb with a blue one. I remember wondering why he would do that. For starters, it made the room darker and I personally couldn’t see properly. The only times I had seen coloured light was in roadside bars when we were travelling at night but not in a home. So I associated that kind of lighting with debauchery. It not much later, in my adulthood when I discovered that these coloured lights are referred to as mood lighting that I understood why my father had made the decision he did.
Most of us are conversant with the term mood lighting, Led lighting and rarely task lighting.
Task lighting is the measured use of light for both practical and aesthetic results. It can be applied in homes to improve task performance for instance when cooking, applying your make-up, reading, sewing and doing art work. It can also be used in commercial or work areas such as operating theatres, dentists’ surgeries, and under display shelves among others.
In such cases, the task is accomplished by maximising natural light through strategically placed windows or sky lights or by making good use of artificial light sources such as lamps.
Harnessing natural light is obviously a better option because not only do you save money but it is also good for your health. Many experts have warned against the negative effects of “blue light” emitted from your phone late at night because it has been discovered that light from artificial sources disrupts the body’s production of melatonin, affecting our ability to fall asleep.
People who live in homes that use excessive night time lighting get lower-quality sleep. Making natural light a part of your everyday life will have you more energetic by day and ready to sleep when bedtime rolls around.
Task lighting is presented in either fixed fixtures (a none movable light dedicated to lighting a specific task) that is recess or spot lighting in homes placed under cabinets or pendulum lights hanging above the dining table. It is also presented in adjustable fixtures such as gooseneck lamps, swing-arm light and balanced arm lights mostly used for reading.
Task lighting can also be broadened to be applied not just in the interior but also in landscape projects such as on steps, foot paths and highlighting a water feature like a fountain.