Ailani French. Lighting. September 21st , 2018.
Accent lighting is used as part of an interior design scheme to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. To be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights. The upward vertical ones are lights which light effect is created primarily by reflecting the beam in the ceiling. This system is often used to create a soft indirect effect. For this purpose you can use wall lamps and floor lamps.
When you start developing your "project plan" for garden lighting, one of the first things you should consider is the type of lighting you will need in your various outdoor spaces. Task lighting is mostly functional. It's the most concentrated type of lighting. You need to install this type in areas where you want to read or carry out any form of detailed work (e.g. needlework and other craft hobbies). You may also want to install task lighting on your deck or in a work space or private area somewhere else in your garden.
Fluorescent lighting has been around a long time and you may not think it is that efficient. Old fluorescent lighting certainly isn't T12 and T8 tubes and their drivers can be horribly wasteful, sometimes using double the amount of power they are rated at. However T5 fluorescent tubes coupled with a modern ballast is remarkably efficient, almost as efficient in fact as LED lighting. Modern warm start ballasts have also increased reliability and allowed for extending the life of the tubes which can now reach as much as 30,000 or 40,000 hours. Modern drivers also operate at high frequency, unlike their older counterparts, which mean there is no longer a noticeable flicker with fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights do also suffer from early failures, and because they rely on a filament the more often they are turned on and off the shorter their life will be; this means turning them on and of with presence detection to reduce their use and save money on your bill could backfire when you have to frequently replace the tubes. If you do go down this route make sure the drivers feature warm start and don't set the controls to frequently turn the lights on and off.
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