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What Type of Lighting Do You Need?

We can help with all of your lighting projects and issues.  Our goal is to, “Make your space a better place.”  If you need indoor lighting or outdoor lighting our electricians have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right, the  first time.  You’ll need to identify the purpose and type of lighting that is right for your situation to get the best results from your lighting choices.

There are four main types of lighting that are used in most homes: Ambient, Task, Accent and Decorative.

  • Ambient lighting:  Also commonly called general lighting is your primary source of light for a specific room. This light is the base for the lighting in your room.  Ambient light provides basic lighting functionality and improves the sense of warmth and depth in your room.

  • Task lighting:  As the name implies task lighting improves lighting in specific areas to aid in the performance of specific tasks.  This could include your desk area, drawing space cooking area or anything else you may need better focused lighting to accomplish.

  • Accent lighting:  Accent lighting helps to create the right atmosphere for you and help pull together your room.  The right accent lights can create beauty that can bring your home to life.

  • Decorative lighting:  Your fourth layer of interior illumination is decorative lighting.  This is the finishing touch that will compliment and highlight the aesthetic you want to achieve.  Decorative lighting may also be functional, but it’s primary function is to add beauty.

Once you have decided on the purpose choosing the right fixtures that meet your needs is the next decision that you will nee to make.

Common types of home lighting fixtures 

  • Recessed Lighting:  This light fixture is installed above the ceiling and has an opening that is flush with the ceiling providing a relatively narrow band of light in one direction providing an ambient light.

  • Track Lighting:  Mounted or suspended from the ceiling on a linear unit that contains several light heads, which can be positioned anywhere along the track.

  • Under-Cabinet Lighting:  As the name implies these are mounted underneath kitchen cabinets that are extremely popular for task lighting in a kitchen.

  • Floor Lamp:  A versatile and portable light source  that is available in various sizes and styles ensuring that you have an outlet close to where you plan on placing your lamp is important.

  • Table Lamp:  Another versatile light source that can also add style and task lighting having appropriate outlets for placement is essential.

  • Desk Lamp:   This task lighting makes is possible to see better whatever it is you’re attending to at your desk.  They can also add a style unique to your space and making sure there is an outlet nearby where you would like the placement of your lamp.


  • Chandelier:  With their upward facing light they will  enhance the decorative style of a room and provide ambient lighting.

  • Wall Sconces:  Versatile and surface-mounted to your wall, they can direct light in an upward or downward direction. Adding style to a room can provide both task and ambient lighting functionality.

  • Ceiling Lights: One of the most common lighting sources they are mounted directly to the ceiling using a glass or plastic shade to conceal the light bulb.  Providing ambient light in most applications.

  • Pendant Lighting:  These lights are suspended from the ceiling and provide both stylish and functional lighting.  Depending on the style and positioning of these light fixtures they can provide task or ambient light.

  • Soffit Lighting:  This architectural lighting radiates down radiating on the wall. These lights creates a unique ambient light in your room.

Now that you’ve decided on the use, positioning and type of lighting you’ll need to consider what type of lighting elements would want.  Your decision may depend on personal taste, the decor of room and of course energy efficiency.

Top five most common types of Light Bulbs

  • 1- Incandescent Bulbs

  • 2- Fluorescent Lamps

  • 3- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)

  • 4- Halogen Lamps

  • 5- Light Emitting Diode (LED)

No matter what type of lighting you decide on our electrical technicians at Electric Norm are here to provide you with “Super Service”.


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