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A Complete Guide to Lighting fixtures


Lighting fixtures refer to a variety of bulb holders. Lamp fixtures are often accompanied by shades, enclosures or cases that hold the bulb in. A bulb, wiring and circuit are essential for light to emanate in the first place. A fixture’s role is considered minimal as far as the functioning of a bulb or its light rendering capacity is concerned. Lighting fixtures serve purely aesthetic functions.

The market offers lighting fixtures of infinite designs, types, shapes and sizes. Most stand out as creatively designed works of art in metal and glass to house bulbs. With lighting plans aspiring to create a mood and ambience, correct positioning of the bulb is extremely vital. While considering a lighting fixture, it is important to take into account that a particular bulb is right for a certain fixture.


For example, a halogen bulb should always be housed in an enclosed lighting fixture to avoid the dangerous consequences of a burst halogen bulb. The fixture has to be evaluated on various other parameters, like what type of task it is chosen for, what is the kind of light distribution can be expected from it(given its shades, shape, color, etc.), how does it affect the efficiency of the bulb and what kind of color distribution does it render. Hence, choosing a lighting fixture purely on aesthetic criteria is not a judicious decision.

Lighting fixtures also influence the efficiency of bulbs. It is always advisable to go for lighting fixtures with the highest energy efficiency ratings. While shopping for fixtures, one should ask about their efficiency. The efficiency rating of fixtures is published by the manufacturers and is available at the retail shops.

An inefficient fixture may absorb huge amounts of light, consequently reducing the amount of light distributed, or radiate the light to various cavities in the ceiling. The light efficiency of the fixtures can be maximized by regularly cleaning the dirt, and cobwebs from the shades and fixtures.


A lighting fixture should also coordinate and complement the look and style of the space. While choosing a chandelier, for example, the space it is meant for has to be borne in mind. A huge suspended fixture will look out of place in a small room. There are lighting fixtures for all kinds of lighting requirements.

Lighting fixtures in resplendent designs and infinite sizes and ranges flood the market. An automatic or manual control facility increases the lifespan of the lamps, apart from enabling the easy layering of light. The age of individuals, the speed and precision demands of a task and the albedo of the surface are some of the other factors that determine people’s choice of a particular lighting fixture.

Different type of Lighting Fixtures:

There is different type if lighting Fixtures are available; some of them are listed below.

Ceiling Lighting Fixtures

Ceiling lights are primarily designed to hold light bulbs in place by directing light in the desired direction. They come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes, types, and ranges. A ceiling light should be selected according to specific requirements such as the amount of light it scatters or scatters, direct or indirect lighting requirements, maintenance requirements, installation cost, overall style of the room, etc.
You should always look for lighting fixtures that maximize the light output of your lamps. An imprudent purchase based solely on external beauty can absorb too much light from a light bulb or emit light into a cavity in the ceiling. When buying, you must consider the characteristics of the ceiling light. In addition, remember that certain lighting fixtures are designed for specific lamps, and fixtures must be checked against these criteria upon purchase.

Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash- Picture of a light bulb for a sponsored post
Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash

The general appearance and style of the room should be taken into account so that the ceiling lamp complements and emphasizes the appearance. A huge chandelier looks out of place in a small space, just as a small chandelier can be easily overlooked in a large space.
Indirect lighting fixtures should be selected to avoid glare and eye strain from direct light, especially in rooms with reflective surfaces and in offices with computers. An energy efficient fluorescent lamp can be placed in the ceiling light in the kitchen.

Some of the ceiling lighting fixtures include chandelier luminaires, recessed lighting fixtures, indirect lighting fixtures, fluorescent ceiling fixtures, energy efficient ceiling fixtures, flush, semi-recessed and track or monorail fixtures. Their styles can range from traditional, casual, trendy and stylish, rustic, Victorian, tiffany, tropical and many more.

They can provide a wide variety of finishes. When installing ceiling luminaires, it is important to measure the height of the luminaires from the floor. A suitable lighting fixture must be selected depending on the height. Ceiling lights and down lights can be used in hallways, patios, foyers, staircases, work areas and bedrooms.

Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Outside spaces are no longer abandoned; unused spaces are plunged into darkness at sunset. Outdoor lighting is important for both safety and security. The exterior of a building is often the first thing a visitor encounters. The atmosphere, mood and appearance of the surroundings prepare for an inward treat. It also reflects the style, personality and tastes of residents and balances and complements indoor lighting, scheme, color and ambiance. All this requires suitable outdoor lighting fixtures.

Outdoor luminaires hold the bulbs in place and direct and direct the light in the desired direction to create the desired lighting effect. A lighting designer’s dream comes true with the endless range, style, design and types of outdoor luminaires on the market.

Different types of outdoor luminaires are used to create different effects. These lights can be used for landscaping, lighting paths or footpaths, illuminating water features, or illuminating patios, terraces and outdoor spaces for the holiday seasons, or otherwise.


Bathroom Lighting Fixtures

A house is more than just rooms. It has various living spaces where diverse activities are performed. Each living space has objects that serve functional requirements for the specific tasks performed there, as well as for aesthetic appeal. Utility objects like lighting fixtures also reflect a certain mood and create a certain ambience which complements and reflects the individual’s taste and attitude, as well as the personality of the dwellers. 

A bathroom is a living space where daily ablutions are carried out. People spend time in the bathroom not just to take a hurried wash. It is a place to rinse away a day’s tiredness and groom one’s self. Proper lighting in the bathroom is as essential as in any other place. The right kind of lighting fixtures for bathroom lighting ensures one doesn’t struggle to find things or look at one’s self in the mirror and find a monster reflected instead.

Suitable lighting fixtures in bathrooms enable one to get the right shave for that important executive meeting or the right make-up for a date. Apart from their aesthetic significance, bathroom lighting fixtures ensure that the bulbs are held in the right position. A bathroom is a place with lots of moisture and condensed soapy deposits, and hence it is vital to choose the right kind of material for bathroom lighting fixtures.

Ideally, the light should be directed at the person and not reflected off the mirror. This can be achieved by positioning the two lighting fixtures in opposite directions so that light is reflected on the face from both sides. Lighting fixtures can also be placed on the wall directly over the sink, at a distance of at least 2 feet from the sink.

To avoid severe shadows it is best to steer clear of reflectors. Bathroom fixtures can also be used inside cabinets or on the ceiling over bathtubs or bath enclosures. The right lighting fixture is essential achieving the desired light effect and avoiding a glare or shadow.

There are various kinds of bathroom lighting fixtures. These bars are fixed to the walls or counters. They provide for either up lighting (to allow light to gush down on mirror cabinets) or down lighting (to bounce light off the ceiling).

Certain bar lights with two to six shades can be used above double sinks. Long bar lights eliminate the requirement for separate fixtures. The lampshades can be of white frosted glass or glass which is translucent. The metal portion can be chrome-plated, polished brass, or some antique finish. Vanity bulbs are another type of bathroom lighting with rounded white glass enclosures for encasing light bulbs. These lights are used for providing a strong diffused lighting effect appropriate for close-up jobs. These lighting fixtures should be ideally placed over narrow sinks.

Wall sconces can also be used as bathroom lighting fixture. They are generally not fixed near sinks and can be put up to light closets or in a different room for a commode. Recessed lights are most suitable as bathroom lighting fixtures. These bathroom lighting fixtures give respite from deposited moisture and soapy condensations deposited on bathroom fixtures, as the actual fixtures are recessed inside the ceiling. However, their installation and wiring is expensive, as they are embedded inside the ceiling.