Bob Vila Radio: Lighting in Layers

One of the most important things to think about when you’re remodeling is lighting: It can make or break the room.




Listen to BOB VILA ON LIGHTING IN LAYERS  or read the text below:

If you think about it in layers, it’s easy to see the light!

The first layer is ambient lighting, which should never seem like it’s coming from a single source. You want recessed or semi-recessed down lights, or cans, or wall-washing fixtures like sconces to spread the light around.

The next layer is task lighting. Whether it’s under-cabinet LED strips, pendants over an island, or a reading light over an easy chair, you want strong, separately controlled lighting when and where you need it.

Then, there’s accent lighting, focused on the room’s best features—cove lighting above a bathtub, spot lights on art objects, or lamps with wide shades that pool light on a table. They’re great accents for a layered look that makes your room come alive.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on lighting, consider:

Kitchen Lighting
Landscape Lighting 101
Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way