Home / About Kichler / News Room / Kichler Press Releases / 6-23-11 Light Layering Release Light Layering is Cutting Edge in Interior Design for the Home Technology Advances, Greener Living and Awareness of Lighting in Design Bring Light Layering Into Vogue CLEVELAND – June 23, 2011 – Lighting is no longer the forgotten element of design in today’s home. Instead, technology advances and lifestyle trends are converging to increase the use of light layering in all types of rooms. While it may sound complicated, light layering – the use of ambient, task and accent lighting in combination – can be as simple as 1-2-3. Jeff Dross, Kichler Lighting’s corporate director of education and industry trends, explains that ambient, or background lighting, is the first layer used to brighten a room. Layer two is task lighting, or light focused on particular surfaces or areas to increase visibility, work efficiency and even safety. The third layer is accent lighting, which can accentuate and add beauty to a space while often meeting nighttime navigation needs. Light layering is easier now than ever due to the recent availability of affordable, small-profile LED lighting that allows the fixture to remain invisible and the light to make a statement. Pendants, chandeliers, and ceiling-mounted lights are often used to provide ambient light, while under-cabinet lights such as Kichler’s new Design Pro LED Modular 2.0 system and track lighting are ideal for task lighting. For accent lighting, Kichler’s Design Pro LED Linear system features a string of remarkably thin LED light “pods” that hide within any application and easily bend around corners and tight spaces such as inside a bookcase, around a cove, within a toe-kick, inside a tray ceiling, above kitchen cabinets, and a variety of other areas. “I like to think of accent lighting as the jewelry of room lighting,” Dross says. “It’s in the area of accent lighting that technology advances are making an enormous difference. In today’s well-lit home, traditional and new technologies such as these work together.” No two homes are alike, and their lighting plans shouldn’t be either, Dross notes. Not only should homeowners consider how the fixtures will be used, but how often. Dross suggests remembering that infrequently-used lights may not need to be energy-efficient, but lights that are left on all day or night should be. Traditional incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lights can still be a great option, while the new compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LEDs provide the best technology for lighting that is used for long periods of time. “LED lighting options from Kichler now offer homeowners unmatched flexibility when it comes to kitchen lighting design,” Dross says. “These award-winning products emit a high-quality of light and superior color rendering, all in an energy-efficient package.” Kichler® is a world leader in decorative lighting and ceiling fans, encompassing more than 3,000 products, including chandeliers, wall sconces, bath lighting, ceiling fans, under-cabinet lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, lamps, mirrors and accessories. A leader in energy-efficient technology, Kichler’s line of Design Pro LED fixtures feature several winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow Award, sponsored by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Lighting Association. Kichler products can be purchased at independent lighting showrooms nationwide. View Kichler products, as well as interactive electronic catalogs, at www.kichler.com.