No matter what everyone else tells you, choosing lighting options for your home can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t have much idea about shape and forms of lighting. It could very well turn into a nightmare if you proceed without grasping the basic concepts.

Here are some of the commonly used types of lighting:


Chandeliers are primarily used in the dining space and living room – it adds a certain charm and style that guests enjoy while dropping by. These fixtures can be used in bedrooms, foyers, and other areas too. In fact, some of them are built with down lights to provide task lighting. Chandeliers are available in incandescent, xenon and fluorescent lighting – dimmers can be installed to control the intensity of light accordingly.


As is evident from the name, these lights are suspended from the ceiling like pendants and can provide both general and task lighting when hung over dinette tables, game tables, kitchen counters, or other work areas. To prevent glare, these lights are encased in globes or shades.

Portable Lamps

Since movement isn’t an issue with this kind of lighting, portable lamps are capable of offering general, task, and accent lighting. Table and floor lamps are portable and can be bought in different styles to blend in with surrounding décor elements.

Track Lighting

Just like portable lights, track lighting is also capable of delivering general, task, or accent lighting that make it extremely convenient. The best part is you can swivel, rotate, and maneuver the individual fixtures in all directions along the track. Thus you get to experiment with different lighting combinations.

Ceiling and Wall-Mounted Fixtures

Ceiling fixtures are designed for general lighting – it is their sole purpose in areas of high traffic such as foyers, hallways, kitchens, living rooms, and so on. You can choose from either incandescent or fluorescent light sources. When it comes to wall-mounted fixtures, you get general, task, and accent lighting. Quite a few are structured to match and act as additional sources of light for chandeliers in dining rooms, or provide more light in hallways, bedrooms, or living areas.

Vanity Lighting

Since you need to see clearly while standing at the bath vanity for applying makeup, shaving, etc. these strips are meant specifically for task lighting. However, they do a good job of supplementing general lighting as well, which are delivered by ceiling lights.

Now that you know more about shapes and forms of lighting, you have a better insight about the kind of lighting needed in your home.