Different kinds of lighting for each room

By Charles Hopkins Published 03/13/2006 | Home Improvement

There are lots of different types of lighting that can be used in any room of a home.  There are some things to consider when you are determining what type of lighting to use for every room in your home.  You also have to think about your style and what your preferences are. 

Wall sources are a great way to decorate your home and create lighting at the same time.  There are lots of different styles of wall lighting around.  You will probably be able to find one that meets your standards and compliments your rooms décor.  They offer lots of light to an area and are easy to install.

There is also directional lighting which is lighting that adds detail and highlights to a certain area or object or decoration in the room.  This kind of light fixture is set in a way that points or directs the light on that particular object to illuminate it.  Halogen lights and opaque shades are a good source of directional lighting. 

If you have a certain area in a room where you do a lot of reading or work on a computer, you need to make sure that you have sufficient lighting.  You may want to look at table lights or overhead lighting that offers a good source of light so that you can do your work productively.  Just because you need bright working lights, you do not have to sacrifice beauty and style.  There are plenty of lighting accessories that you choose from that will accentuate your home. 

In bedrooms you want soft lighting to enhance your rooms atmosphere.  You want the softer lighting because this is a place where you want to relax. You do not want bright lights glaring in your bedroom while you are trying to sleep.  If you are someone who likes to read in bed, then you should have some kind of lighting source that gives you enough light to read without hurting your eyes. 

Fluorescent lights are great for utility rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and garages.  They are energy efficient and last for a really long time.  They will outlast a regular light bulb.  You may want to use fluorescent lighting in hard to reach areas so that you do not have to change them often.  They offer great lighting for dark areas where you have to perform any type of work. 

If you are looking for lighting to decorate instead of illuminating an area, then this is where you can go with your personal style.  There are lots of choices when it comes to decorating with light fixtures.  If your preference is lamps, then you will have a wide selection to choose from.  There are all kinds of different lamp bases and lampshades to look at.  You can mix and match to create your own if you cannot find one that suits fits your style or room décor. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to lighting.  If you are having trouble deciding, then you can always ask for some advice at your local lighting store or you can pick up some design magazines to get great ideas.