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Choosing Light Fixtures
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011 12:07 PM

There are different types of light fixtures. For many people who may be remodeling a home for the first time, they may not realize just how many types of light fixtures there are.

There are four main types of light fixtures: task lighting, protective and safety lighting, decorative lighting, and general lighting. There are also different kinds of fixtures. For example, spotlights, track lights, chandeliers, and light fixtures that are under cabinets.

Decorative lighting fixtures are used to draw attention to a specific area of a room, such as a picture or a fireplace mantel. Task lighting fixtures are used in rooms where only a few lights need to be turned, such as in the kitchen. Safety and protective lights are used in places like stairwells, to make the areas safer. And general lighting fixtures are used to light rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms.

What room and the mood: While there are many things that can help to create the appropriate mood in a home, light fixtures are one of the important ones. Choosing the right light fixture can help to create the feeling a person wants in their home.

Kitchen: The kitchen is one area that the family probably spends a lot of time in. It is an area that needs to be well lit because of safety reasons. Overhead, recessed lighting is great for a kitchen. And if there is an island, a person can hang some fun little lights, such as pendant lights, for a unique and fun look.

Dining room: When most people think of dining rooms they think of chandeliers. Chandeliers are a great idea for dining rooms. There are many different types of chandeliers available to match anyone’s taste and a dimmer switch can be added so that there can be a different mood depending on the type of dinner.

Living room: The living room is like the kitchen; it is an area where people hang out a lot, so this room needs a lot of light. Recessed lighting is a great choice for living rooms because they have bright and natural light. Having a lot of light in the living room can help to create and maintain a cheerful mood. When a person is remodeling their home they could also add a dimmer switch for movie nights.

Bedrooms: Bedrooms are also rooms that need a lot of light. Many types of light fixtures will work in most bedrooms, but depending on the height of the bedroom ceiling, a person should use a certain type of light bulb. If a bedroom has a pretty high or elevated ceiling, they should use a halogen light bulb. If their bedroom has a lower ceiling, they should use an incandescent bulb.

Bathrooms: A bathroom is an area where a person does some pretty detailed grooming. Because of this, putting a fluorescent light fixture in the bathroom is one of the biggest mistakes. Second to the fluorescent lighting mistake is not putting enough light in the bathroom. It is best to put one light fixture on each side of the mirror, or a long line of lights above the entire mirror. It is best that light fixtures that use halogen bulbs go in the bathroom because they show people with more natural colors.

Hallway: Incandescent bulbs are a great idea for well-used hallways. The length of the hallway can help a person decide on their light fixtures. If they have a shorter hallway, then a person should use a flush or semi-flush mount light fixture. If they have a long hallway, they could use wall sconce light fixtures.

Closet and Pantry: So many people forget these two areas. Larger areas need a bit more lighting. Smaller closets or pantries can have the light mounted on the side verses the ceiling. So don’t forget these areas.

This is just a start. There are so many variations of lighting. And more important, don’t forget to buy those light bulbs. It might be best to call out a builder or electrician to do all the installations.

Information for this article was taken from homebuilding

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658, or send an email to debbie@vallone

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