To a lighting professional, a lighting fixture is known as a luminaire,
which is defined as the device that holds the bulb, or light source, in
place. While the importance of lighting is well recognized, few
people know how to design and use lighting creatively. Good lighting
can enhance a room's decor, create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, or
cause a room to sparkle with interest. Outdoors, well-placed
lighting fixtures near entrances and in the landscape can enhance the
safety and beauty of your outdoor living areas.
Indoor lighting fixtures can be ceiling or wall mounted, or they can be
portable lamps. Ceiling light fixtures include chandeliers, pendants,
and ceiling fans with lights, as well as flush-mounted, recessed, and
track lighting fixtures.
Wall fixtures include sconces and swing arm lights as well as bathroom
lighting and cabinet lighting. Portable lighting is available in a
wide range of traditional and contemporary floor lamp and table lamp
styles. Furthermore, lighting designers have produced a virtually
limitless array of desk lamps, accent lamps, and task lighting products
to suit the taste of every interior decorator.
includes post-mounted and wall-mounted light fixtures as well as
Exterior lighting requires its own electrical service infrastructure, and
for safety reasons, especially, it is important to have the lighting
installed by a qualified electrician.
The photo at upper right illustrates the use of several lighting fixtures
in a kitchen, including recessed ceiling fixtures for general illumination,
pendant fixtures to light the kitchen island, and task lighting over the
cooktop area. The picture at upper left shows a dining room
chandelier, while the photo to the right shows a black, wrought iron
lighting fixture in a Laguna Beach courtyard.
In these days of rising energy costs, it is increasingly important to
use energy-efficient lighting products. In many U.S. homes,
lighting accounts for about 20 percent of the electric bill.
Home owners can save money and help protect the environment by installing
ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures and replacing the light bulbs in
their existing fixtures. The American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) features an online overview of lamp
choices as well as practical tips for reducing lighting energy costs.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy has published this informative article
about efficient lighting technology.
Visit these pages if you plan to purchase lighting for your home or business.
Vintage Ceiling Fixture with Bare Incandescent Light Bulbs
On LightingFixtures.us, you will find selected lighting dealers and lighting fixture manufacturers
as well as information about lighting styles, methods, and technologies.
Features decorative gas and electric lanterns.
Available as wall mount, post mount, or hanging light fixtures, these copper lanterns are built to order for indoor or outdoor use. www.CarolinaLanterns.com
This trade association represents the lighting industry.
Members include lighting and ceiling fan manufacturers, retail lighting showrooms,
lighting fixture sales reps and residential lighting designers. www.AmericanLightingAssoc.com