Task and Accent Lighting 101

Lighting is about so much more than mere illumination. Lighting sets the atmosphere, creates elevated design and draws attention to whatever you choose all while being functional and purposeful. Two brilliant types of lighting that do just that are task and accent lighting. 


Task lighting is concentrated lighting that does just what the name suggests, provides lights for tasks. Task lighting is also often called office lighting. This can be used in multiples as the primary light in a room or used as secondary lighting. Task lighting is very versatile. 

How to Use Task Lighting?

The concentrated light provided by task lighting allows you to focus on whatever it is shedding light on. Thus, creating a focal point. 

Task lighting can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Swing-arm lamps
  • Pendants
  • Vanity lights
  • Under cabinets
  • Kitchen stove/extractor light
  • Table-top lamps
  • Desk lamps
  • Under-the-counter lights
  • Recessed lights
  • Floor lamps

A good tip for choosing task lighting for your space is to make a list of all the tasks this light is aimed at shedding light on. 


It is commonly believed that accent lighting is simply mood lighting. This is far from the truth. While accent lighting does set the atmosphere and mood of a room, it also draws attention to the intended highlights of a space, such as decorative objects or focal point furniture. It also distracts from things in the room that are less aesthetically pleasing, thus elevating the quality of whatever room it is used in.

How to Use Accent Lighting?

Accent lighting easily adds an air of sophistication to whatever room it exists in. It is feeling-evoking and is used quite often in public space such as galleries and museums, where lighting is a key element. 

Examples of accent lighting include:

  • Wall Lighting
  • Recessed lights
  • Landscape lights
  • Track lighting
  • Up-lights
  • Picture lights
  • Candles
  • Niche lights
  • Chandeliers on dimmer switches
  • Wall sconces
  • Lighting inside cabinets
  • Light bridges 

Questions that you must ask when picking out your lighting is how you want to feel in the room, what you would like to highlight in said room and what you would like to be hidden in the room. Consider the lighting’s placement in relation to other nearby objects such as paintings and decorative objects or even furniture and walking room. This give you the opportunity to view your home as more than just a space, but as art that require the appropriate illumination to be properly enjoyed. 

Regardless of the type of lighting you need, you can contact us to talk with our team of professionals and find the right lighting solutions for you.