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.
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.
For general lighting, you may wish to use an ambient lighting, which lights the whole kitchen, on the form of a flush or drop fitting, depending on the height of the ceiling. For instance you can install a ceiling light over the bar or the table as this will create the mood of the room. It may also be a single pendant light or a group of three or four lights depending of the size of the area to be illuminated.
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.
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.
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