Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Light FixturesTo 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.
Outdoor lighting includes post-mounted and wall-mounted light fixtures as well as landscape lighting. 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.
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