Directional lighting installed to emphasize or to draw attention to a specific area or item. Accent lighting is often used to accent or highlight art or artistic features in a room. Accent lighting may include uplighting, down lighting, spot lighting and more.
Also known as: accent lights, accent lamps, up-lighting
Ambient lighting is general lighting, background lighting, and/or fill lighting in a given space or room. Ambient lighting lights up an entire room or entire space, but it doesn’t provide directed light, work lighting, task lighting or accent lighting. A single ceiling fixture is often responsible for ambient lighting in a room, while lamps and other fixtures provide lighting in certain areas or to accent the space.
Also known as: general lighting
bathroom lighting fixtures
Bathroom lighting is usually in the form of vanity lights and ceiling lights. Adequate bathroom lighting is minimally needed over the mirror and as a general lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling. Specialty bathroom lighting fixtures include task lighting over the mirror, sconces or vertical light fixtures, bathroom lighting that provides heat, shower or bathtub lighting, spa lighting, bathroom chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and more.
Also known as: bathroom lights, bathroom sconces, bathroom mirror lighting, vanity lighting
Chandeliers are decorative, hanging light fixtures that have multiple light bulbs or points of light. Chandeliers are most often installed in entryways and dining rooms, and often require taller ceilings to accommodate their size.
Also known as: pendant chandeliers, crystal chandeliers, ornate light fixtures, formal light fixtures
Lighting sources and lamps that are shielded by a ledge or a horizontal recess such as a shelf or wall recess, and that distribute light over the ceiling and upper wall are known as cove lighting.
Also known as: alcove lighting, home cove lights
Illumination or lighting of an object or area from two light sources located opposite each other is known as cross-lighting. Cross lighting can be accomplished by positing lamps or light fixtures in opposite corners or angles and aiming them toward each other.
Also known as: cross-lighting, cross lighting sources, cross lit
Dimmers are devices that allow a user to vary the brightness of light bulbs in a lighting installation or light fixture. Dimming controls are a smart choice for almost any room because they allow the user to choose the amount of light wanted for each activity or mood.
Also known as: light dimmer, dimmer switch, dimmable lights, dimming light fixtures
Direct lighting is usually provided by lamps, luminaires, ceiling fixtures, and other light fixtures usually affixed in a way that directs the light straight down onto the surface to be illuminated.
Also known as: direct lights
Emergency lighting systems are designed to provide light required for safety during power failures and emergencies. Emergency lighting is usually comprised of a single bulb or floodlight per area and is minimal, as it’s only intended for providing illumination to allow people to leave a building or get to safe areas within the building during emergencies.
Also known as: emergency lights, disaster lights, emergency exit lighting
extended life lamps
Incandescent lamps that are rated to have an average life of 2,500 or more hours are considered extended life lamps or extended life bulbs. Extended lightbulbs usually put out less light than standard general lights with the same wattage rating.
Also known as: long life lamps, extended life bulbs, long life bulbs
Fluorescent lights are light bulbs with a special coating that emit light. These are efficient light sources that lose little energy in the form of heat when lit. Fluorescent lights are popular in kitchens, basements, garages and other areas where bright lighting is preferred. Old style fluorescent lighting isn’t decorative and is more utilitarian in style.
Also known as: fluorescent lamp installation, fluorescent lights, fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent light fixtures
new kitchen lighting
Kitchen lighting includes lighting for all of the activities homeowners do in their kitchen. This may include recessed lights for overall lighting, task lighting for counters and tables, ambient lighting for mood, under-cabinet lighting, decorative lighting, stove lights, sink lighting, pendant lights over bars and islands, mini-track lighting and more.
Also known as: kitchen lighting, decorative kitchen lighting, cooking lights, under-cabinet lighting
A source of light usually consisting of a decorative base, light bulb, decorative shade, and electric plug.
Also known as: portable lamp, table lamp, luminaire lamp, electric lamp
LED lighting, which stands for light-emitting diode lighting, is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED lights are long-lasting and energy-saving, making them a popular choice. Most LED light bulbs aren’t overly bright, but they are a smart choice for ambient lighting and other decorative light fixtures and lamps.
Also known as: LED lamps, light-emitting diode lighting, LED lights
new light fixtures
New light fixtures including decorative ceiling fixtures, mini pendant lights, entryway chandeliers, under cabinet lighting for kitchens, recessed lighting, interior and exterior lighting, ceiling lights, lamps, fluorescent lighting, halogen lights, and more are available from local lighting contractors. Some require installation while others are easy enough for homeowners to install themselves.
Also known as: new lighting, new lighting installation, home light fixtures, residential light fixtures, commercial light fixtures, interior light fixtures, exterior lightfixtures, outdoor light fixtures
Pendant lights are light fixtures that hang from the ceiling suspended by a rod, chain or cord. These are single-light fixtures that are often hung in groups or rows over dining tables, bars, kitchen countertops, or other areas where direct light is wanted.
Also known as: suspended luminaire, suspended light, hanging light, hanging pendant, drop light, suspender light, suspension light, single hanging light fixture
Recessed lighting are light fixtures that are installed into openings in a ceiling. The trim around the light is visible, but the light and it’s inner workings are recessed into the ceiling. These lights are often used for lighting large spaces, lighting dark corners, and providing spot lights or directed light onto works of art or other highlighted items.
Also known as: pot lights, canister lights, can lights, ceiling lights
Lighting directed to a specific surface or area to provides illumination for specific tasks such as desk space/office work, crafting, and other activities. Task lighting may be provided by a freestanding lamp or a lighting fixture with directed, directable bulbs.
Also known as: task lamps, desk lighting, positionable lighting
Track lighting fixtures are are mounted on electricity-conducting tracks, which are mounted to walls or ceilings. Track lights can be moved anywhere along the track and are flexible. This allows for variable positions and enables homeowners and business owners to aim the lights where they are needed.
Also known as: track-lighting, track lights, flexible track lighting
Kitchen cabinets and other cabinetry can cast shadows and create dark spaces. Under-cabinet lighting fixes that problem. Under-cabinet lights are usually installed under cabinets, shelves or other hanging or mounted surfaces. It can give ambient lighting, accent lighting, spot lighting, or localized lighting depending on the type of light fixture installed and location.
Also known as: under kitchen cabinet lighting, lighting under cabinets, countertop lighting, undercabinet lighting, accent lighting
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