Flipping the switch on the right type of lighting for your home is an "executive" decision that can make a huge difference in the ambiance and overall vibe of your space. Adopting optimal lighting not only goes a long way to creating or enhancing a certain mood and atmosphere, but it also plays an important role in one's energy, productivity and natural circadian rythym. With the right type of lighting, your home can be transformed into a cozy, inviting retreat, a productive work place or that special dream space.
While not every light is 'turned on' by what we're about to say, when it comes to lighting, we should note that there are several different types of fixtures and bulbs to choose from. Some of the most popular types of lighting fixtures discussed in this article include: Recessed Lighting, Hanging Pendants, Chandeliers, Wall Sconces, and Track Lighting. Each of these types of lighting have their own unique benefits and drawbacks and should (ideally) be chosen based on the specific needs of the space.
Recessed lighting, sometimes referred to as the "underdog" of lighting - pun may be intended - is the most common type of lighting and is typically used in areas that require general lighting throughout the room. It is also often used to highlight a particular area of the room, such as a painting or piece of furniture. These types of lights tend to be great for providing subtle, ambient lighting in areas where other types of lighting may be too harsh or intrusive.
Hanging pendants are known to provide a more dramatic lighting effect and can be used to create a focal point in the room. These types of fixtures (depicted in the photo above) are often used in entryways and dining rooms, but can also be used to highlight artwork and other furnishings throughout the home. They typically come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, making it easy to find one that both fits the overall aesthetic of the space and also provides the right goldy locks dose of light.
Chandeliers are a classic lighting option that can provide a grand, luxurious feel to any room. These types of fixtures range in styles from traditional to modern, and are typically found in entryways, dining rooms, and other formal areas of the home.
Wall sconces provide a softer, more subtle lighting effect and like other fixtures, are often used to highlight artwork or various other features in the room. These types of fixtures can be found in a variety of styles and designs.
Track lighting remains a great go-to option for providing illumination in areas with limited space, such as hallways or staircases. These types of fixtures come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs as well, so try not to get overwhelmed by the vast array of options!
A Tribute to Bulbs: Upon selecting the right type of bulbs for your lighting fixtures, be sure to take note of the several different types to choose from as well. Incandescent bulbs are the most common type of bulb and provide a warm, welcoming soft light. However, LED bulbs are becoming increasingly popular due to their highly efficiency and long-lasting bulb. Halogen bulbs are another popular choice and provide a bright, white light. Finally, fluorescent bulbs are a great option for providing a bright, cool light that is also energy efficient.
Although it goes without saying that choosing the right type of light and lighting fixtures for your home can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the space, it is always important to consider how the lighting will be used and simply being open to exploring a variety of options in order to help narrow down what will best suit your needs.