For areas like the kitchen and the bathroom, think about using fluorescent lights to get a lot of illumination, and think about putting task lights around to step in where the ambient lighting wont. This is a good way to strike a balance between gentle light and light that is harsher but gives you more contrast.
While selecting light fixtures it is also important to keep in mind the feasibility of each fixture. For instance, if people are selecting bathroom fixtures it is advisable to choose recessed lighting or bar lights. This is important since bathrooms accumulate a lot of moisture. Selecting a chandelier or hanging fixture will only provide space for moisture droplets to collect. Eventually this will affect the light fixture and the bulb.
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 effect 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 fixture or light fittings are one of the most important requirements of a house today. Also known as luminaries, they are used to create artificial lights by the usage of electric lamps. Light fixtures have a body, sockets and a switch to operate it in order to make them work. It also requires an electric connection through the main power source.