Chandeliers, spotlights, LED strips, track lights, and pendants are some of the modern light fixtures. Even a professional can easily get lost in the variety of modern lighting fixtures. In addition, it is important to think through all life scenarios, and therefore lighting scenarios, so that you can be comfortable at home at any time of the day.

Conventional lighting in living space can be divided into 4 types: main, local, accent, and decorative. Lighting can affect the mood and interior, and to create a truly comfortable space, you need to use each of them. It is the combination of all types that allows you to create different lighting scenarios. Let’s figure it out!

Basic lighting

The task of the main lighting is quite simple and clear: to provide a sufficient amount of light in the room. Usually, spots take on the role of the main lighting. These are spotlights that can be built-in or overhead. Many spots have a rotary mechanism that directs the light in different directions and allows you to illuminate all corners of the room. Also, a chandelier can be attributed to the main lighting, but it is not often found in the center of the room in modern interiors.

When planning the main lighting, the main thing is the accuracy of the calculations. Salons selling lighting fixtures will help you with this: almost all of them offer the service “calculation of illumination” when buying goods. Calculations are made in a special program and allow you to avoid the appearance of dark corners or, on the contrary, too bright light in the apartment.

Local Lighting

Local lighting is created by fixtures that direct light to specific areas. We can say that this is a working backlight since it is this light that is necessary for eating and cooking, reading, engaging in various types of creativity, and other activities.

Such lamps, in addition to the main one, also perform an aesthetic function. They allow you to make the interior stylish, harmonious and complete.

For example, a beautiful hanging chandelier above the dining table with its soft light invites you to an evening feast, and the backlight of the kitchen apron allows you to comfortably use the work surface. Also, local lighting includes floor lamps, sconces, and table lamps. All of them can become an elegant addition to your interior. Learn how to choose the right chandelier, as it can stand out in general in any space of your home.

Accent lighting

The function of accent lighting is clear from the name. It highlights something in the interior and attracts attention. Accent lighting is always directed to one point. You can draw an analogy with a spotlight in the theater: it highlights the most important part of the scene.

What can be highlighted with accent light? Anything: paintings, sculptures, vases, niches in the wall or shelving shelves, columns, steps, and much more. In general, everything that your imagination is enough for, the main thing is not to overdo it with the quantity.

Decorative light

Decorative light includes various types of eaves lighting. The name is because the LED strips are hidden in a box – conventionally behind the eaves. Since the source itself is hidden, this technique gives a soft diffused light that unobtrusively illuminates the space and creates a calm, relaxed atmosphere. It is this kind of lighting that is most conducive to relaxation.

Also in this category, do include the on-duty lighting. By duty, it means various dim sources that include a motion sensor. It is advised to install these at the entrance to the apartment or, for example, to highlight the path from the bedroom to the bathroom with them at night.


Of course, there is no one right recipe for lighting, because everything is very individual and depends on your needs. Listen to yourself and your desire to find the perfect lighting scenario for your home.