If you are considering updating the look of your home by changing out all the lights for something more with the times, even a quick trip to a lighting store should leave you fairly overwhelmed with the sheer range of choices you have today. In the process of looking through all that is available, you will probably at some point, come across an old favorite that you had all but forgotten about. The lighting market now is full of every choice you always loved in a light, and a thousand more waiting to be discovered. Perhaps a little rundown of the general categories that light fixtures fall into would help you absorb your choices a little bit better.
The kitchen is somehow, the spiritual center of the home. Not only is it important to have enough lighting here for utilitarian purposes, it is important to have everyone who comes in for their various plans to have the kind of lighting they will need as well. Do the kids need to do their homework in peace while near a parent who is cooking? Does a child need to be in the kitchen while reading a book or drawing a picture? Does someone want to work on the taxes while near a spouse to be able to ask questions? When you begin to plan for the light fixtures you will use in your kitchen, you will need to think about all the task areas there are in the room – places where you expect various things will be done. You’ll need lighting over the sink and the countertop of course. But you’ll also need lighting in the bar area, the table, and a comfortable part of the floor. And all of this is in addition to the general lighting you’ll need to cover the whole kitchen. Pendant light fixtures of various kinds work very well for many of these purposes. But you will also need track lighting and wall-mounted fixtures.
The dining room is a place that closely aligned with the kitchen. A lot of things that get done in the kitchen, get done over here too. You’ll usually want mood lighting for the dining room. That’s just a fancy term of course, for installing a dimmer for the lighting. It’ll let you brighten the lighting up or dim it down, depending on what needs to get done. So what kind of lights go well in the dining room? Right above the table, you can use a light that is mounted flush with the ceiling, or you could use a chandelier, a pendant light or a track light. The track light should have several spotlights that can focus on and light up specific areas – each place setting or the artwork on the walls, for instance.
Living rooms in general, only have task lighting and not lighting for the whole space. You could experiment with floor lamps, spotlights, table lamps an accent light for a beautifully lit room with great atmosphere.