As with any industry, the lighting industry uses certain definitions to describe different types of lighting, light fixtures, parts of fixtures, etc. Understanding the definitions used in the lighting industry can help you light your home properly. Please join us as we teach you about lighting terms beginning with the letters A and B.
Accent Lighting – A type of lighting that is used to highlight or draw attention to a certain object.
Ambient Lighting – A type of lighting that is used to illuminate an entire room or space.
Architectural Lighting - Light fixtures that have an architectural appearance. Some of these built-in fixtures include down lighting and valance lighting.
Area Lighting – A type of lighting that refers to lighting large landscape areas.
Baffle – Often referred to as stepped baffle trims or step baffle trims, a baffle is a grooved surface, which redirects and controls the flow of light, as to reduce glare.
Ballast - An electrical device used in fluorescent and HID lamps, which is used to provide the lamp with the proper amount of voltage needed to start the lamp and to limit the amount of current used as it continues to operate.
Base - The end of a lamp that is used to connect the electrical and mounting connections.
Bollard – Often used to light walkways, this type of outdoor light is a short post with the light source located at the top.
Brushed Finish – A lightly textured finish that is created by brushing metal with a wire wheel, or by buffing the surface with a fine abrasive.
Bulb – The outer glass part of the lamp.
If you know of any other lighting terms beginning with A or B that we didn’t define, let us know with a comment. Check back with our blog again to learn about more lighting terms.