4 Basic Types of Lighting Fixtures
When it comes to lighting design, there are endless possibilities. You have varying bulb options, types of lighting, locations of light, styles of lighting, lighting fixtures, and more. With all these options available, lighting your space can seem quite daunting to begin with.
1. Ceiling lighting fixtures
Ceiling lighting fixtures are installed directly into the ceiling, providing a flush surface perfect for smaller modern or contemporary spaces. Rooms with low ceilings gain the most benefit from recessed lighting fixtures, as the flush style helps retain the height of the area. Although they’re ceiling mounted, Flush mount lighting fixtures are commonly used as accent lighting to help set the mood, but can be used as ambient lighting (the general illumination of a room) too.
Ceiling lighting fixtures are extremely versatile, offering functional lighting for kitchens, living spaces and even bathrooms. One of the major benefits of ceiling lighting is to provide more coverage. Because flush mount lights are spaced throughout the ceiling, it makes lighting every corner of a room simple and uniformed.
2. Pendant lighting fixtures
Pendant lights are lone lighting fixtures that hang from the ceiling, usually suspended by a metal rod, cord, or chain. They’re often used in numbers and hung in a straight line above kitchen countertops or in the bedroom. They come in a range of different styles and are just as decorative as they are functional. When used correctly, pendant lighting fixtures can be used as a wonderful finishing touch to a room or the focal point of a space. The two main benefits we see from pendent lights, is the decorative touch they bring to a room, and the potential they have when it comes to saving space. For example, when hung low in a bedroom, the need for a bedside table lamp is removed, leaving your space clean and uncluttered.
There are two extremes when it comes to choosing chandeliers. You can opt for an elaborate work of art, or an understated simple lighting fixture. Either one is sure to draw some attention from guests.
The traditional location for a chandelier is above a dining room table or hung centrally above a grand spiral staircase (if you’re lucky enough to have one). Upon deciding a chandelier is what you want, be sure to choose one that fits your space, or ask a lighting designer for help. Why? A large chandelier placed in a small room can make the space look cluttered and even smaller than before.
The benefits of chandeliers? Chandeliers provide sufficient ambient lighting, but are also used as an accent piece to really complete the look of a room. In short, chandeliers make a room look amazing, and your overall space beautiful.
4. Wall sconces
Wall sconces are wall-mounted lighting fixtures and usually on the smaller side, this makes them popular accent or task lighting options. When it comes to accent lighting, wall sconces can be placed alongside artwork or behind a fireplace to help draw attention. For task lighting, wall sconces can be placed either side of the bed to provide perfect illumination for reading or can be mounted in the bathroom either side of a mirror.
With the use of wall sconces, you can lighten up any room, while saving floor space and enhancing your design. They’re available in a wide range of designs, themes, styles, and colours that can fit with any décor.