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.
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".
Chandeliers are another great form of ceiling lighting. Chandeliers are used for more general lighting. They are great for spreading light over a large area. A Chandelier is used more to set a design theme and create a focal point in a room. Common areas for use are in a entry, living room or dining room. They also have become a favorite of designers to class up a larger bathroom. The have used mini chandeliers to give that boring bathroom some style and class.
Indirect lighting fixtures should be chosen to avoid glare and visual fatigue formed by direct lights, especially in rooms with reflective surfaces and in offices with computers. A ceiling lighting fixture in the kitchen can house an energy-efficient fluorescent bulb.
One should always look for lighting fixtures that maximize the light efficiency of the bulbs. An unwise buy based purely on the exterior beauty might absorb too much of the bulb's light or emit light to the cavities in the ceiling. Efficiency specification of ceiling lighting fixtures should be considered while making a purchase. Apart from that, one should remember that specific lighting fixtures are meant for specific bulbs and the lighting fixtures should be checked for these criteria during a purchase.
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