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A Quick Overview of Residential Lighting

Aug 17, 2007
Lighting is an important element of a home as it not only illuminates the house but also brings changes in the one's mood. Home interior lighting involves selecting and fitting light fixtures depending on the utility purpose of the room, cost, power consumption and many other factors.

Home interior lighting can be considered as an outlet for our creative mind as it gives many choices of light fixtures to choose and experiment with. It is always advisable to have the basic knowledge about light fixtures before starting on the home interior lighting project. This is a knowledgeable consumer who is well educated in residential lighting finds it easy to select both high quality and cost effective light fixtures for the best home interior lighting.

The choice of light fixtures available in the market has multiplied recently with new innovations and improvements in the field of home lighting. Hence it is best to get some knowledge and information in the field to be aware of the latest and the best models and options. Whether it is a matter of replacing the already existing lights with more cost effective fluorescent bulbs or arranging for a fresh home interior lighting it is always better to get some idea of the options before making a purchase

There are many choices of light fixtures for home interior lighting like pendant lantern, landscape lighting etc., In order to reduce the energy consumption a combination of ceiling fan and ceiling light together is also available. The interior should have light fixtures in such a way that it blends with the lifestyle of those who live in the home, while outdoor light fixtures should invariably be weather resistant.

There are basically three types of lighting. One is the general or the ambient type which replaces sunlight by illuminating the entire room. The second one is task lighting which provides light for particular tasks like reading or cooking. As this light is meant for specific purpose care should be taken to ensure that it is bright enough to avoid eye. It should also be free from glare and shadows. The third type is accent lighting which is used exclusively in artwork, cabinets or in the beams of the ceiling so that it enhances the effect of the architectural features of the room. A combination of all these three types will serve as the best choice to illuminate a room effectively.

Outdoor lighting is as important as home interior lighting for it not only enhances the aesthetic beauty of the house but also provides the safety and security. There are a variety of outdoor light fixtures and you should be able to select the most appropriate one that matches the total appearance of your house.

Once you have made your decision on the appropriate light fixtures it is advisable to consult your builder to ensure that there are no restrictions such as insulation, height of the ceiling or ductwork on the type of fixture selected for the specific room. After fixing the light fixtures the next step is to select the bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are the best choice as they are comparatively cheaper than incandescent bulbs and have longer life.

Home interior lighting is an interesting part of home making as it deals with the best and visible part of any home and if done proper care and appropriate light fixtures the effects will be excellent.
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