What type of lighting alternative you can installation for your home.
A chandelier is a great way to set the tone and focal point for a room.
Suspended over a dining table, a chandelier light serves as a
decorative room element that enhances the beauty of your fine
furnishings. Dim the light for a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to
candlelight for instant glamour. Or, use in a foyer or entry hall as a
grand focal point centerpiece.
Chandelier Quick Tips
For smaller room spaces look to decorative mini-pendant chandeliers. When used with a dimmer control,
these ceiling-hung fixtures will provide you with adequate task
lighting for homework, hobbies, or dinning. A quick tip: Hang a
chandelier approx. 30 to 34 inches over a dining room table in rooms
with eight foot ceilings. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, mount
the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling. Use a chandelier ceiling light along with table lamps, floor
lamps, ceiling lighting, wall lighting and home accents to create a
total lighting look for your home.
Oyster lights (ceiling sconces)
Your standard CTC (close-to-ceiling) fitting, the oyster sconse is an
effective source of ambient light. Oyster fittings are available in a
broad array of shapes, shades and sizes including oval, round and
rectangular. Ceiling sconses are a simple, functional way to provide
basic overall illumination to every room and suit rooms with low
Recessed downlighting is a subtle, sophisticated way to illuminate specific
areas within a room, creating pools of light directly below the globe.
A popular installation method for downlighting are above kitchen sinks and bench. As recessed downlighting is embedded into the ceiling cavity,
retrofitting is expensive. (If building or renovating a two-storey
home, fit recessed lighting before laying flooring.) Pivot-head
downlights with separate switches and dimmer controls allow for
directed illumination and changes in ambiance.
Spotlights ceiling or wall-mounted
Ceiling-mounted spotlights are generally employed in clusters of two or three, on
individually rotating heads that can be directed onto one or multiple
areas depending on the situation. Single, wall-mounted spotlights make
effective accent lighting: use them to highlight artworks,
architectural features, or for purely dramatic effect.
Spot lights are also effective for garden lighting to highlight features at night
Employed in galleries and museums for good reason, track lights – rows of
moveable tiny bulbs mounted on plastic or metal tracks make for
functional, flexible task lighting. Track lights can be attached to
virtually any wall or ceiling surface to provide accurate, variable
directional lighting. Track lights may come equipped with rotating
heads or drop pendants. They can be fitted easily with spread lenses
and UV filters for illuminating artwork
Common in contemporary kitchens and study areas, under-cabinet lighting allows
for discreet task lighting directly over the work zone. A variety of
bulbs can be employed including halogens, LEDs, Xenon and fluorescents,
in strip or spot lighting formation.
An elegant way to add ambience to a living area or bedroom or to highlight
a painting, wall-mounted lights come in a broad array of styles and
accommodate various globe types. Light can be directed up, down or in
multiple directions, depending on the fixture (for versatility, choose
those with pivoting heads). Position wall-mounted lights thoughtfully:
unlike lamps, they can’t be easily moved to accommodate changes in room
One of the most popular forms of pendant lights are suspended from the
ceiling, with the pendant oriented downwards or upwards. They yield
overall ambient illumination and are generally the focal point, often
used in combination with recessed halogen spots and downlighting.
Ceiling-mounted pendants suit rooms with high ceilings.
Pendant lighting can provide both task
and general lighting. Equipped with shades or globes to avoid glare,
they are ideal suspended from the ceiling over kitchen tables, game
areas, kitchen counters, or other work areas.
Up-lighters/ floor lamps
Popular in living and dining areas, uplighters reflect off the ceiling,
yielding a soft light that adds ambience to a room and enhances the
feeling of space. Floor lamps can provide diffuse or directional
lighting depending on the shades and globes used. Rotating heads enable
uplighters to be turned into reading lamps; dimmers enable a variety of
mood lighting effects. Increasingly employed as a decorating feature,
floor lamps are available in a huge variety of shapes and styles, to
accommodate low-voltage halogen, incandescent or eco-friendly CFL globes.
Ideal for isolating reading areas within a lounge room or illuminating the
bedside area, table lamps add soft light and warmth to any room.
They’re available in myriad styles, colours and fitting types: change
the lampshade to create different colour effects, Table lamps are one of
the most important components for adding warmth, style, and value to
your home and decor.
Suitable for bathrooms, IXLs combine a bright incandescent downlight with an
infrared heater and, often, an extractor fan. Various styles are
available. Ensure your ceiling cavity, rafter configuration and
circuitry can accommodate the proposed fitting before you buy.
Feature lights – installations
In today’s high-end homes, feature lights and light installations are
increasingly part of the decorating scheme. Various types of accent
lighting are used to highlight artworks, sculptures, staircases and
interior features such as walls, fireplaces, atria and water sculptures
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