A sales assistant told me that a particular light was good for task lighting, but not room lighting. What did he mean?
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'Task lighting' is also referred to as spot lighting or feature lighting. It provides a concentrated pool of light.
Halogen downlights, for example, are well suited to task lighting.
Task lighting is often used to shine a spotlight on paintings or other decorative features, in reading lamps and over kitchen benches.
'Room lighting' is really general lighting and is done most efficiently using a single bright compact florescent lamp pendant light.
Light is spread over a larger area - an efficient way to provide enough light for you to see your way to the bathroom without tripping over the coffee table.