WHAT IS A TASK LIGHT, AND WHERE DO I PUT THEM?

Using dimmable lights like these from Bulb Daddy over a sink is a great way to strike the balance between task and ambient lights.
Using dimmable lights like these from Bulb Daddy over a sink is a great way to strike the balance between task and ambient lights.

Task lights are the specialists of the lighting world. They are usually angled toward to a surface like a desk, table, or counter, and can be found in offices (desk lamps), above kitchen islands (3-tiered fixtures are popular; more light where there are more knives is a good thing), and around places like vanities and hidden underneath mudroom benches.

A sink with under-cabinet lighting strips.
A sink with under-cabinet lighting strips. Available here from Bulb Daddy.

When considering a task light, ask when and for what purpose the light is going to be assisting with.

For example, I may have a task light in my kitchen over the garbage disposal which is directly overhead and slightly brighter than the rest of the lights. This is because I mostly do my dishes after it’s dark out, so this light is brighter to compensate for evening light. This set-up may not work for the office area which I’m in during daylight hours.

One way to check if a light will be too bright is to bring in a light bulb from the existing room set-up, and Bulb Daddy will help you match the light if you need another one, or give you a comprehensive rundown of all the types of LED task-lights you can pair with your current lighting.

T8 tube lights inside a grocery store frozen or refrigerated section. These are also a kind of task light.
T8 tube lights inside a grocery store frozen or refrigerated section. These are also a kind of task light.

In an office, a more appropriate task light is an LED strip or two under your desk’s overhead shelving to provide an illuminated surface.

One other option to consider is a tube light set up in garages, or libraries and study areas that have shelving. These task lights make it easier for users or customers of your business to find what they’re looking for quickly. And, hey, it looks pretty futuristic in the process.

Another option is to install a single light on a gimbal, which will swivel so you can direct the light exactly where you need it to be.

Bulb Daddy brand cob light for work, work sites, garages, and other industrial uses.
These cob lights from Bulb Daddy are the ultimate task light–and, this one is portable.

If your tasks take a little more elbow grease than what you might expect indoors, see our cob-lights, designed especially for areas where lots of bright, clean light is needed. Think garages, outdoors, and work sites for this kind of task light.

Task lighting still sound clear as mud? That’s okay! We have a Pinterest board dedicated to just task lights right here, or you can use our pincode below:

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