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Posted by Amy Siders on August 22, 2023 0 Comments

Some ILLUMINATING information about Lighting from your friendly lighting experts at Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio


It may be something that you take for granted but take just a moment to look above you right now.

What do you see?

Is it this?


Or this?

Or even this?

The dreaded “boob light?”


Lighting is an essential part of any interior design project.  It can make (or break) a room.

Simply speaking, you only need lighting for a few reasons:

To keep you safe outside.

To keep you safe inside.

To make tasks easier.

To make things pretty.


Here’s a crash course for you – we’ll call it LIGHTING 125 (that’s our address…125 E. Indiana Avenue, in Perrysburg, Ohio…see how clever and BRIGHT we are?)


There are FOUR main types of lighting.

  1. GENERAL (ambient) LIGHTING – light up an entire room

While we would all love to live somewhere where the sun shines all day, every day, that just isn’t in the cards for some of us.  Sunlight provides wonderful natural lighting to your home’s interior, creating relaxed and cheerful spaces to work and play.  Unfortunately, sunlight can’t reach every corner and sometimes, it’s just not anywhere to be found.  That’s where general lighting comes in. 

This is the lighting on your walls and ceilings that illuminates the overall space, creating a warm and welcoming environment for you, your family, and your guests.


General lighting is for exterior spaces too.  Landscaping lighting, front porch lights, pool lights, solar lighting in your planters and bistro lights over your patio?  That all fits into this category.



  1. TASK LIGHTING – put a spotlight on the task at hand (pun intended)

This is exactly what it sounds like.  Don’t want to cut your finger off while meal prepping?  Install under-cabinet lighting or bright pendants over your kitchen island.  Task lighting is usually 2-3X brighter than ambient lighting – that’s what keeps you from applying too much blusher, helps you see the splinter for easy and painless removal, and lets you study without eyestrain.

Task lighting can go outdoors as well – this is the security lighting over your garage door, the bright lights at your front and back door, and the safety lights along your front walk.

  1. ACCENT LIGHTING – accentuate the positive

Highlight the things you love about your home. It’s as simple as that.

Shine a light on things you love, architectural details.  Add drama and character with spotlights and lowlights.

Picture lights for artwork, halogen lights on your trophies, cove lighting for molding, diffused light for ceiling details.


  1. DECORATIVE LIGHTING – Attitude. Style.

Decorative lighting is simply hanging around to look amazing.


Have a grand entrance?  Hang the most amazing, ornate, large chandelier to fill the space.


Music room?  Library?  Just want your bedroom to feel incredibly royal?

Art Deco opaque globes, netting and golden accents, anyone?


Need some whimsy?  Add fairy lights to your child’s bedroom.


What about “hotel” or hallway sconces down long passages that double as pieces of art?


This is what takes your home from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY.

It adds the VA VA VOOM to your spaces.


Let the Waterhouse team enlighten YOU on all-things-lighting.

Lighting should be pretty AND functional AND accessible.

Waterhouse will check all those boxes for you.


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