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.
You can get soft yellow tones for a cozy feeling, or a more modern lighting technique is using a combination of yellow and fluorescent to give that much-needed light without sacrificing the cozy feeling. A softer modern lighting may also be good for one's eyes, as it will help it defocus and relax. Meanwhile, if you are looking for an ambience of hustle bustle snap-happiness, you might want ceiling lighting that is a bit more utilitarian than most. These seemingly Spartan models are the height of modern lighting with its mod chic-ness and futuristic appeal. If you want your guests to feel like they have been transported to a world where everything is Victorian and romantic and all that, you might want to consider a ceramic off-white type of lighting for your ceiling.
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.
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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