Designing With Light
in Other Areas
In the entrance foyer,
general lighting is
needed to welcome
guests and for safe
passage. This can be
provided by a decorative
ceiling fixture that
provides good general
providing a decorative
focal point. Additional
layers of light, such as wall sconces or small portable
table lamps, can provide visual interest.
Photo credit: Hinkley Lighting
Hallways should be illuminated with ceiling fixtures
or recessed downlights mounted every 10 to 12 feet.
Wall sconces or track lighting also are an excellent
source of light in corridors. Track fixtures will provide
general lighting for moving through the space while
also providing illumination to accent artwork or
Stairs should be illuminated from top to bottom for
safety. Place switches at the bottom and the top for
convenience. A surface mounted fixture at the top of
the stairs, or wall sconces along the stairs, will provide
additional illumination and a decorative accent.
Utility/laundry areas need plenty of diffused general
lighting for sorting laundry, measuring detergent and
setting dials. A ceiling fixture with energy-efficient
fluorescent bulbs will provide excellent general lighting
and sufficient task lighting.