Types of Lighting Fixtures 2

We’re continuing our Types of Light Fixtures post from last week with a few more light fixture types. Today we’ll talk about Ceiling light fixtures, and Wall Sconces.

Ceiling Light Fixtures

Ceiling light fixtures also also called ceiling mounts. These are typically flush mounted fixtures used for ambient lighting. Ceiling light fixtures are the most common type of light fixture purchased. There are a ton of styles and sizes to choose from.


Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are mounted directly onto a wall. They can be used to direct light upwards or down, depending on the style and preference. Sconces are most commonly used in hallways, used to frame a mirror, or in a bedroom.


Stay tuned for next week when we talk about Lamps!

Types of Lighting Fixtures

Light fixtures come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and fittings.  There are a lot of options to choose from, and that can be a little confusing to the average home owner. Understanding what each type of fixture is may help you decide what your room needs and what will work for your space.

Today we’ll talk about 3 common light fixtures – Recessed Lights, Track Lighting and Pendants

Recessed Lights
Recessed lights are installed above the ceiling. They have an opening that is flush with the ceiling. Installing recessed lights requires at least 6 inches of clearance above the ceiling (where the cans are set in). This type of lighting is great for ambient, task or accent lighting.Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 2.06.07 PM

Track Lighting

This type of lighting can be mounted or suspended from the ceiling and is typically used as accent lighting. The lights are attached to a “track” and typically be positioned in many different angles and directions. This adjustable lighting fixture is a great option for rooms with artwork.



Pendants are suspended from the ceiling. Most pendants direct light downwards. This type of lighting is typically used over kitchen tables or over a kitchen bar.


Stay tuned for more light fixture styles in our upcoming posts!

Layering Light

The best lit rooms almost always use some type of light layering. Using different types of lighting help achieve a balanced look.  Each lighting type (ambient, task and accent) fills a particular need.

When you plan the layers of lighting in a room, it usually makes sense to plan out ambient light sources first, then task and accent.  That way you work from general room lighting to specific.

Ambient lighting can also be called general lighting. It provides a general illumination for a larger area. A typical source for this lighting type is recessed ceiling cans or flush mount ceiling fixtures. Wall sconces and ceiling mounted fixtures can also be used.

Task lighting targets a particular area of a room. It’s called “task lighting” because it typically sheds light on an area of a room where a task is performed. It is used in areas where reading, cooking, grooming, and other activities that require more light.  Under-cabinet lighting, lamps and floor lamps are great examples of task lighting fixtures.

Accent lighting can also be called highlighting. This lighting type draws attention to an object or architecture. It can be used to create a focal point out of a favorite art piece, plant, or water feature. Track lighting, and sconces are typically used to achieve accent lighting.

If you’d like help achieving a balanced look in your home or office, call us or stop on by our locations. Our expert lighting staff can help you start layering lighting types to make your room more comfortable and usable.