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Modern Lighting Fixtures for Every Room
Whether as a decorative element or as a purely functional source of illumination, lighting is found in every area of the home. Living rooms, dining rooms and entryways greatly benefit from using ceiling lights. Chandeliers are statement pieces that stand out, establishing the style and tone of the room with elaborate and luxurious designs. Providing a full glow throughout the room, chandeliers ensure a bright and welcoming presence, whether over a dining room table for a meal or introducing guests to the home in a foyer.
For kitchens, pendants and linear suspensions are effective fixtures for lighting a kitchen island, a small breakfast nook table or a lengthy bar or counter. Pendants are simpler in design than chandeliers and offer direct, downward illumination to surfaces. Pendants are effective fixtures as single units or in linear or shaped arrangements. Linear suspensions are lengthier versions of pendants, combining multiple light sources into a single installable fixture.
Flush and semi-flush mounts are small ceiling lights that mount directly to the ceiling, often coming down only a foot or two. They provide accent or direct illumination and are best used in rooms that need an extra accent light from above or in rooms that have low ceilings. Wall lights mount direct to the wall and bring an accent glow. Desirable in a bathroom on either side of a vanity or in a room used for social gatherings, wall sconces bring a little extra touch to the space to ensure light reaches every corner.
Floor and table lamps can be the main source of light in the room or a task light designed for activities such as reading. Floor lamps extend from the floor on a thin base, usually illuminating from a corner of the room, while table lamps sit on end tables near seating areas to bring an accent light to tasks happening in the room.
Outdoor lighting includes all of the fixtures mentioned above as well as landscape lighting. Landscape lighting can include post lights, path lights, step lights and spot lights, which are all used to light walkways, highlight yard decorations and arrangements or otherwise provide safety and security to the outside of the home.
Light Fixtures for Every Style
Over the years, many lighting styles have emerged, some with distinct aspects or parts of larger design trends and others marking artistic movements throughout history. If looking for complex designs, consider Art Deco. For a simple and handcrafted design, look to craftsman, rustic modern, mission style or Farmhouse style. Design movements and cultural offerings include mid-century modern, Scandinavian, Italian or Spanish styles. For a timely feel for the home, look to modern, contemporary and transitional styles.
How to Choose the Best Lighting For Your Home
With a substantial range of sizes, shapes, finishes and colors, selecting the right lighting can be an overwhelming decision. Begin by determining the function of the lighting that is needed. General lighting, accent lighting and focused lighting all provide distinct looks and functions in rooms. A combination of all of these types, called layering lighting, ensures full illumination in the room and when styles or colors match, a sense of flow and symmetry is established, further elevating the room.
Lighting Fixture Types
Outdoor SconcesLike their interior counterparts, sconces mount directly to the wall and provide an up, down or combined glow to smaller aspects of the outside of the home typically as an accent light.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lighting
What are the different types of lighting fixtures?
Lighting fixtures range from simple to complex with flush mounts and chandeliers to everything in between like pendants and wall sconces.
How to choose the right lighting fixture for a room?
Consider the function of the room first. Think about uses and activities done in the room and how lighting needs affect them.
What are the popular styles of lighting fixtures?
The most popular styles are modern fixtures which match modern homes. Transitional, Italian and Mid-Century Modern are also popular choices.
What are the best materials for lighting fixtures?
Materials are subjective and depend on the décor of the home. Metal and wood alike are both viable options for lighting fixtures.
What are the different lighting options for fixtures (e.g., LED, incandescent, etc.)?
With the phase out of incandescent bulbs in 2023, LED is the primary source of lighting for all fixtures.
Things to keep in mind when cleaning or maintaining lighting fixtures?
Check your fixture’s manual for proper cleaning techniques. Different materials require different cleaning supplies and care.
What are the recommended bulb types for different lighting fixtures?
Each fixture will come with its own required bulb type. Check the fixture’s needs and manual before deciding.
Are there energy-efficient lighting fixture options?
There are several energy-efficient options including LED bulbs and low voltage fixtures.
What are the average costs of lighting fixtures?
Lighting fixtures can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on simple or luxurious options and individual designers.