Ultimately, finding lighting that is the most cost-effective is important for homeowners, new or old. New compact fluorescent lighting provides a longer lifetime then cheaper alternatives. They also use a low amount of power, which adds to the energy efficiency of a home. LED bulbs contain no mercury which helps with disposing of bulbs. LEDs give instant light and many are even dimmable. These lights do not burn out, but just dim over time. They also don’t contribute to heat in a home as the bulbs itself remain cool.
Some basic types of lighting include ambient, task or accent lighting. Ambient lighting offers light in an area that requires brightness without any glare. Some ambient lighting options include: chandeliers, recessed or track lights or ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures to achieve this type of lighting in a home.
Task lighting is needed in areas where reading, cooking, office work or grooming is done. Use track or recessed lighting or undercabinet lighting options to help with glare and shadows.
Lastly, accent lighting is used to add drama to a room or to draw attention to paintings, art or houseplants. It can also be used around window treatments or in outdoor landscaping. Accent lighting is usually achieved with track or recessed lighting or with wall-mounted picture lights.