What is accent lighting?

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Accent lighting directs concentrated beams of light to emphasize a particular object or surface feature, or to draw attention to a part of the field of view. Accent lighting is designed to provide focal illumination for highlighting objects such as paintings, photos, sculpture, or merchandise, or attracting attention to a particular area. The highlighting effect is achieved through luminance contrast which makes objects stand out and creates a significant visual effect. A rule of thumb is that accent lighting should be three times brighter than the ambient illumination. Many directional luminaires can be used for accent lighting. Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed downlights, surface mount luminaires, track lighting or wall-mounted lights. Outdoor accent lighting that commands the viewer to take note of a certain subject within the landscape is provided by floodlights.

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