When decorating a room it takes several different types of lighting to truly complete the look. In the ideal room, general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting work in harmony to create an overall effect that is comfortable and engaging. For these reasons, serious thought needs to be given to the home lighting design process, especially when it comes to general lighting fixtures. While general lighting fixtures can be decorative and add an element of style to the room, it also needs to be practical and able to handle the majority of your general lighting issues.
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.
If you are searching for the easiest way to improve the look of just about any room within your home, whether it`s your entry hall, bathroom, kitchen or family room, the most effective kind of lights to choose could well be recessed lighting fixtures.
The cost of home lighting fixtures also has to be kept in mind. Good home lighting fixtures do not have to cost a fortune. Home lighting fixtures can be sleek and stylish, compact fluorescent and halogen lights, incandescent light bulbs etc. Home lighting fixtures are supposed to create a warm, inviting glow in the entry. If the lighting is well placed and thoughtfully chosen for the living room, fewer fixtures will be required.