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By: Brooke Hayles

Without light we'd, well, we'd be in the dark. This essential element of our daily lives can be used to make performing a certain task easier, or to help achieve a certain atmosphere for a particular room. Light fixtures themselves are a source of style and because of the almost endless variety of lamps, sconces, track lights and so on, you can easily convey your personal style through the fixtures you choose.

Because of all the many types of light fixtures available, it's sometimes hard to know what type of fixture to choose for a certain application. To simply light up a room, the light fixture you'd need would be considered an ambient or general light fixture. Reading lamps and desk lamps would be considered task lighting, as they provide a high intensity light focused on a small area. Other activities that would require task lighting include things like cooking or sewing.

Recessed lighting can be as a spotlight by mounting it in the ceiling very close to a wall where a photo or a painting is affixed. It can also be used as ambient lighting. The main benefit of using recessed lights for ambient lighting is that they take up less space than even the tightest flush-mount light fixture. This has the effect of making a room seem larger and more modern.

A popular option for under-cabinet lighting is a halogen type light fixture. These ultra-bright lights really make detail work, like decorating a cake, much easier. Also, they provide a light intensity that's closer to natural sunlight. This means the light quality will not have nearly as much of a yellowish tinge to it, making any food served off of the counter look especially fresh and delicious.

We've all had moments where we couldn't concentrate on a TV show or movie because of harsh glare coming from some place or another. The solution to that, other than turning off all the lights, is to carefully place a well shaded floor lamp in the corner of the room. Multi-light floor lamps typically have two or three function switches on them so that you can pick exactly how much light you actually need.

A must have for a contemporary dining room is a modern looking chandelier placed right above the center of the dining room table. To truly experience dining at it's best, install a rheostat switch (also called a dimmer switch) to the chandelier. With this, you can easily change the atmosphere from bright for family gathering, to an intimate glow for those more romantic dinners.

Wall sconces are most often used in bedrooms, hallways and sometimes bathrooms. These are available in many different styles and represent a surprisingly easy do-it-yourself project if you simply wish to update your current outdated wall sconces. Indeed, the lighting you use in your home is almost as important as color when it comes to creating atmosphere and style, so be sure take adequate time when considering your newest light fixture.

Summary:

Light is an essential element of our daily lives. It can be used to make performing a certain task easier, or to help achieve a certain atmosphere for a particular room. Light fixtures are a source of style and because of their endless variety; you can easily convey your personal style through the fixtures you choose.

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