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 21/05/2021

The lighting in our houses is not only for décor; it plays a significant role in affecting everything from our sleep patterns to brain functioning. So, it’s understandable that you’ll want your home to be nicely lit, where you spend most of your time. But when it comes to selecting lighting, there are a myriad of options!

All different types of lighting serve their specific purposes, so you need to choose the right type for your home. To perfectly optimise lighting for your home, it’s best to consider the purpose of each room.

There are many options for lighting available in the market that you can choose from. Some of these types are only specialised for a specific purpose.  However, you can use most of these lights in many different ways.

Let’s dive into the article to learn about different lighting options briefly, and then we’ll explain each in detail, with important factors to consider, when buying:

Different types of lighting:

Architectural Lights

Lighting installed in your house to emphasize different architectural features is architectural lighting. Minimal in design, these lights are usually used to illuminate the material, design features, as well as pathways and stairs. Usually mounted on the building’s walls, floors, and ceilings, these fixtures highlight different features of your home.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights, as the name suggests, are directly mounted to the ceilings of your home. The bulb in these lights is usually concealed by a plastic or glass shade. These lights have been used in homes for almost 100 years, often providing all the ambient light in a space.

Task Lights

Task lights in a home are more about the function than the form. These types of lighting include spotlighting over the vanity of your bathroom or strip LED lighting in your pantry.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are usually hung from the ceiling to direct their light down, typically over a kitchen island or table. Along with providing task or ambient lighting, these lights enhance the aesthetics of a room. You can get them in all sizes, lengths, and styles to buy in single pieces or groups.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers are available in different sizes and styles to act as a great home décor option that also spreads even lighting. Hanging a chandelier in the living room will instantly infuse a regal touch to your space!

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are perfect to place in your bedroom and living room; use them to light up an entire room or illuminate a specific area. You can get them in a variety of shapes and sizes to transform the look of any space. Place them next to a chaise lounge or a reading nook, and they will incorporate a classy, understated vibe to space.

Track Lighting

Suspended from the ceiling, track lights consist of several light fixtures that can adjust the direction along the track. People use these lights primarily for task lighting and accent lighting, but depending on the bulb’s strength, these can perfectly work as general lighting.

Recessed Lighting

These lightings are used to lighten up only the room areas that may be necessary at a given part of the day. Typically installed in larger rooms, you can brighten up or dim down these lights using a dimmer.

Now that we have discussed all different types of lighting, we’ll share some insights on what to consider when choosing these different types of lights for your home, beginning with ceiling lights.

Factors to consider when buying Ceiling Lights for your home

  1. The Style:

    Before going shopping for ceiling lights, select the style you’d like to adhere to. You can pick one style by thinking about the kind of look you’re trying to achieve in your home. Are you someone who likes a modern look in your home? Or you’re a fan of traditional style? In any case, buy fixtures that can go along with your selected style. 

    Pick some crystal flush mount light fixtures if you’re trying to incorporate an elegant style. And if you want to pull off a modern look, find pieces with clean lines and unique shapes.  Always try to stay with the existing theme of your home. And avoid going to the extremes.
     
  2. The Finish To Choose:

    There are a number of different finishes to pick from; you can take hints from switches, door handles, sockets, or curtain rails. These are just a few things that you can take ideas from when purchasing ceiling lighting fixtures.
     
  3. The Size:

    Generally, the ceiling light’s size determines the amount of lighting you will receive. For example, a ceiling light with one bulb is almost always smaller in diameter when compared to a three-bulb ceiling light.

    The diameter plays a significant role; the larger it is, the wider the fittings will be. Wider fittings will have bulbs further apart to throw light farther into your space. Usually, the sizing of the lighting fixture is directly proportional to the size of a room.
     
  4. Height of Ceiling

    Measuring your room’s ceiling height is always a good idea before any purchase. By doing this, you’ll know if you need a lighting fixture suspended on a chain, semi-flush, or flush-mounted.
  • If you’re choosing a lighting fixture for a ceiling higher than 2.4 m, you have a lot of options to pick from, like pendant lights hanging on a chain.
  • A semi-flush fitting is the best option if the height of your ceiling is lower than 2.4 m.
  • And consider buying a flush ceiling light fixture if your ceiling height is below 2 m, which is the case with most houses.

This post is the first of our series about the best types of lighting to use in a house and the factors we need to consider before buying one. This article discussed various lighting options that you can choose from when building a new house or doing a home renovation project. We have also talked about some factors that you need to consider before buying ceiling lights for your home. The following post will start right from here, extending the topic of lighting. We hope that by the time this series ends, you have enough knowledge, information, and confidence that you’ll be able to create a beautiful lighting design for your home. For more information or to chat to one of our expert sales representatives, contact us at Brite Lighting.