Ever since the caveman decided to hold a lit tree branch above his head, people have known that overhead lighting is the most effective source of ambient/general illumination. In nearly every home, ceiling light fixtures are a staple; they have evolved over the years to suit a wide variety of room lighting purposes. Here, we've listed the most common types of ceiling light fixtures, and their best uses.
First thing you might need to figure out if you are thinking of lighting an outdoor part of your home is the reason why you are illuminating this area. Your reasons could include security, the need to have the place lighted for future entertaining uses or for ambiance purposes. You will also need to figure out how much light you will need this place to have. If you are thinking of entertaining in the area you are illuminating, you might need to have more than one fixture installed to do this. The number of lights you install in an outdoor area may also depend on the size of the area that you will be lighting up.
Pendant lighting is also another attractive choice. This type of lighting is typically used to provide light that reflects off the ceiling and diffuse the light around the room. Recessed lighting is also good to use for soft, ambient lighting. Soft white or yellow bulbs are used for this type of lighting which is actually embedded into the ceiling. Flourescent lighting is the typical lighting you find in pretty much any standard commercial building. In homes, it is usually reserved for utility rooms like the laundry room or the "mud room".
The overall look and style of the space should be taken into account, so that a ceiling lighting fixture complements and accentuates the look. A huge chandelier looks out of place in a small space, just as a small chandelier is easily overlooked in a large space.
Ceiling lights particularly antique ceiling lighting can make a great difference to the atmosphere in your own. The style of lighting you install in your home will depend on your own particular taste, your budget and the area to be lit. Ceiling lighting in the kitchen is often complemented by spot lighting under cabinets, illuminated shelves etc. Lighting in the kitchen is particularly important, as it is an area where you prepare food but also an an area for dining and entertaining.
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