The Ultimate Home Lighting Quiz

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The Ultimate Home Lighting Quiz
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About This Quiz

Living spaces can become dark and dull when the sun goes down. With proper lighting design, home lighting can bring any room to life by creating interest and adding visual drama. Take our quiz and see whether you are doing everything you can to maximize your lighting potential.
What is the main goal of lighting design in a modern living space?
to set a mood
to add light to dark
to introduce various degrees of light to a room
The goal of modern lighting design is to introduce various degrees of lighting to a room, commonly referred to as layers of light.

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Lighting is all about:
creating texture and mood
creating highlights and ambience
creating interest and visual drama.
Proper lighting design can indeed play a part in all three answers to this question. However, lighting design is really all about creating interest and visual drama.

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What is understood to be the greatest influence of any lighting scheme in your home?
helps set personality of any room
Proper lighting has the ability to highlight architectural features and it can create a cozy feeling. However, the greatest influence of lighting is to set the personality of any given room.
helps create a cozy feeling
highlights architectural features

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What is the primary purpose of ambient lighting?
to create focus
to create a diffused, even light
Ambient lighting is your primary light source to illuminate any room. Ambient lighting generally consists of typical ceiling lighting that serves to create diffused, even lighting.
to create light suitable for reading

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In most homes, ambient lighting makes use of:
compact fluorescent bulbs
quartz spot lamps
incandescent bulbs
In the majority of homes, ambient lighting makes use of inexpensive incandescent bulbs installed in overhead light fixtures. Compact fluorescent bulbs are a popular green alternative that has the additional benefit of being energy efficient, long lasting and recyclable.

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Overhead lighting is functional, but it has a bad reputation for being:
maintenance intensive
inefficient
garish
Overhead lighting is practical and functional, but carries a bad reputation as being garish and uninviting. You really cannot live without overhead lighting and you will want to supplement it with alternative lighting options.

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What is the primary function of accent lighting?
Accent lights provide visual separation and supplement your ambient lighting.
The primary function for accent lighting is to provide visual separation as a supplement to ambient light. Accent lighting will help focus the eye on features that you want to highlight.
Accent lights provide additional lighting in dark corners and small spaces.
Accent lights provide light in places such as stairwells.

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What is a rule of thumb when we refer to the brightness of accent lighting compared to ambient lighting?
at least twice as bright
three to five times brighter
Accent lighting should be three to five times brighter in order to achieve the desired effect of visual separation. The accented area needs to be significantly brighter than its surroundings to entice an eye to focus on your target.
at least five times brighter

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Accent lighting:
usually requires special wiring
can consist of simple spotlights and floodlights
Express your taste and have fun when you add accent lighting to your rooms. Accent lighting consists mostly of plug and play floor lamps, table lamps, floodlights, track lights and spotlights readably available at your favorite hardware outlet.
is best left for your next renovation project

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What used to be considered task lighting in days gone by?
We all know they used kerosene lamps.
Wax candles were our ancestors' only choice.
A single bulb in a desk or table lamp.
Kerosene lamps and candles were considered ambient lighting, because they were the only options available. From its inception, task lighting usually consisted of a humble table or desk lamb illuminated by a single incandescent bulb.

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What is considered a green benefit to using task lighting?
Task lighting can reduce the need for overhead ambient lighting.
Task lighting normally reduces the requirement for ambient light. Many wise consumers switch on their task-oriented lighting and shut off the overhead lights when they get busy with a project.
Task lighting generates less heat, which helps reduce air conditioning costs.
Task lighting makes use of low wattage bulbs to reduce energy consumption.

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What is one benefit of selecting proper task-oriented lighting?
focuses light where you need it
reduces energy cost
reduces eyestrain
Benefits of good task lighting do include the ability of focusing light on a task and can help reduce energy costs, but a prime function is to reduce eyestrain.

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Where in the kitchen should we install task lighting?
Have the electrician install it under the cupboards to light up the counter.
Task-oriented lighting finds a perfect home in your kitchen. Have it installed under the cupboards, above the counter, over the breakfast nook and above your cooking island.
Replace that ceiling fixture with a double fluorescent light.
Place a quartz floodlight over that oil painting of a fruit bowl hanging on the wall.

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What lamp option is considered a perfect choice for most task-oriented lighting?
compact fluorescent bulbs
dual filament incandescent bulbs
halogen lamps
Halogen lamps are noted for producing intense and focused illumination. They are a perfect choice for task-oriented lighting as long as the intense heat they generate is not a deciding factor.

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What are modern contractors finding that their clients are requesting more of for their home?
modular electrical wiring
low voltage plug and play wiring
more natural day lighting
Consumers are demanding that contractors include abundant natural light in their home design. People spend more time indoors now than ever before and they demand that natural light reach them when they work at home.

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A recent study found that working in natural light:
makes for happier employees
reduces sick days by about 50%
results in increased productivity
The overriding benefit of natural light is a significant increase in productivity. Natural light will probably make employees happier and it will likely reduce sick days, but the prime benefit for business is a more productive individual.

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What is the best way to reduce heat from the sun when you open a home up to natural light?
Use curtains and blinds.
In the Northern Hemisphere, southern exposure provides the most natural sunlight. Sunlight generates heat by default, so you will need to reduce heat in the summer by using blinds, such as venetians blinds that allow lots of light while reducing direct sunlight.
Choose tinted windows.
Large windows must face north.

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What is an efficient way to increase the benefit of natural light without adding more windows?
Use light-reflective paint.
Pruning vegetation and using mirrors could be beneficial, but the simplest solution is choosing a light-reflective paint for the walls in order to increase natural light from your windows.
Place mirrors in strategic spots to help reflect the sun.
Prune trees and hedges that block natural light.

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Where should you start when you want to improve the benefits offered by outdoor lighting?
People use the backyard more, so start there first.
The front door is the obvious place to improve lighting.
Start with the front walkway for your guests’ sake.
Start with your front walkway to welcome your guests and insure their safety. Walkways are a great place for ground lighting to highlight not only the pathway to your home, but also surrounding shrubbery and landscaping.

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What is a good ground rule to follow when picking accent lighting for the outdoors?
Motion sensors, photocells, and bright floodlights are the secure way to go when adding outside lighting.
Go with a lighting scheme that mimics moonlight.
both of the above
For increased security, you will likely want to combine motion detectors, photocells and floodlights along with entrance and accent lighting. Try to mimic moonlight without over-lighting your yard and activate the security lighting only at bedtime.

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