Full spectrum lighting is creating a buzz in the sewing community. It is the best simulation of daylight available, reducing eye fatigue. It is also known as true color lighting because it is true clear light which does not distort color.
Task lights are direct lights used to enhance specific work areas, especially for close up work. Where you place task lights will depend on the task and your personal preference. Use adjustable task lights to eliminate shadows. Most task lamps use incandescent bulbs.
Halogen lights provide lighting that resembles natural daylight and are energy efficient. However, the bulbs get extremely hot and must be used with caution to prevent fires. Never leave halogen lights on when you are not working in the room.
Overhead lighting and floor lamps will provide indirect light to the room. Well placed and sufficient indirect lighting will reduce shadows. Fluorescent lights provide good indirect light and are energy efficient.