Once you’ve seen what kind of activities will take place in a room and what kind of lighting is required, you must decide what works best fitting in any room in your new home and do not be afraid to use multiple types of interior. In fact, mixing and matching different lighting can help create a dramatic look and aesthetic room. The type of lighting you choose can also help a room look larger or smaller.
Be prepared: Walking in a light fixture store can be overwhelming, so be sure to list the types of programs you have seen and what you need in each room. Before purchasing any program, make sure you ask your builder if there are any restrictions on the types of fixtures that can be used in a specific area, because sometimes things like pipes, insulation or ceiling height can affect whether a fixture can be properly installed in a room.
Tip: Your local American Lighting Association (ALA) showroom is the best place for the many different styles, sizes and forms of lighting available for the ambient / general, task deliverables, and accent light you need to view. Below is a list of the different types of lighting.
Hall / Foyer Fixtures can create a harmonious atmosphere, while the general lighting you need to greet guests and safely move from room to room. Use ceiling, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixtures in hallways, stairways and entrances.
Chandeliers can sparkle and style to your dining room and enter the ambient / general lighting you need for dining and entertainment. They are also used in bedrooms, foyers, or over a living room grouping or a grand piano. Some are designed with downlights for task lighting for homework or table games. Chandeliers are available in both incandescent and halogen. The addition of a dimmer control allows you the intensity of light to adjust the mood and activity going on in your room.
Pendants can be both task and ambient / general illumination. Equipped with shades or globes to avoid glare, they are usually found hanging from the ceiling over dinette tables, game tables, countertops or other areas. When used over end or night tables, they free up the space occupied by table lamps. For even more flexibility using a dimmer.
Ceiling Fixtures usually provide general lighting and are very practical in busy areas such as foyers, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, playrooms and dens. They are available with incandescent, fluorescent and energy-efficient bulbs.
Wall Races to ambient / general, task and accent lighting. Many are designed to fit and complement a dining room chandeliers, or hallway, bedroom or living room relief. Wall brackets are often used for task lighting in the bathroom mirror. They are available with a choice of incandescent, halogen and energy-efficient bulbs.
Bath / Vanity light strips provide task lighting, in addition to the general lighting provided by ceiling fixtures. Similar to the lighting in theater dressing rooms, the soft glow strips of globe-shaped incandescent bulbs provide excellent lighting for grooming.
Portable lamps provide ambient / general, task and accent lighting and give you the added flexibility of moving the light when you want. Table lamps, floor lamps, torch and irish are available in a variety of styles to complement your interior. Small specialty lamps, such as clip-on lights, uplight cans, adjustable task lights, mini-reflector spotlights, desk and piano lamps fill a variety of task and accent lighting needs. These lamps are available with incandescent, halogen and energy-efficient bulbs.
Track lighting can provide ambient / general, task or accent lighting all at once in one flexible system. You can move, rotate, rotate, and aim the individual programs in any direction along the track, giving you the versatility to change your lighting scheme whenever you want. You can also hang chandeliers and pendants from the track. Track fixtures are available in standard or low current, and a choice of incandescent, halogen, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent light sources.
Recessed lighting can provide ambient / general, task or accent lighting inconspicuously. Installed in the ceiling with only the trim showing, recessed fixtures can be used anywhere in the house. They are ideal for low ceiling areas and with a special adapter they can also be used in cathedral ceilings. They are available as downlights, adjustable accent lights and wall washers in both standard and low current and a choice of incandescent, halogen and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps.
Under Cabinet / under tablet Fixtures offer both task and accent lighting. Under kitchen cabinets they light a countertop. In a display cabinet they show off special collections. They include slim, energy-efficient fluorescent, miniature track lighting, and strips of low-voltage mini-lights.
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