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Layers of Lighting

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Ambient/General Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic layer of lighting. It fills an area with a comfortable level of illumination and allows for safe movement in the space. Ambient lighting is fundamental to a good lighting plan, and is the base on which other layers of light are added. Nearly any type of lighting fixture can provide ambient light, including chandeliers, pendants, flush and semi-flush mounts, wall sconces, recessed lighting, track lighting, and even table and floor lamps. To avoid glare, it is best to use fixtures that either are shaded or bounce the light off the ceiling...