Simply put, a task light is a light used to illuminate a task. And while traditionally, we think of tasks in relationship to offices and work spaces, couldn't a task be just about anything, and occur anywhere?
The reality is that rooms are designed according to the tasks for which they are intended. A bedroom is designed for sleeping, snuggling, reading, etc. The dining room is designed for eating and entertaining. The living room is for reading, relaxing, watching television, and so on. Add open floor plans and dual-purpose spaces to the mix, and there are a myriad of possible tasks to be accomplished in each space.
All of this is to say, task lighting can be used anywhere, for any task. These flexible, articulating wonders can stand on the floor, set on a table, attach to a wall or hang from the ceiling. They can be understated and elegant, industrial and love-worn, clever and colorful, outlandish and oversized. Today's task lighting has come into its own — moving beyond practical, institutionalized necessity and into the realm of dynamic, dramatic statement piece.
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