Deciding on the right lighting for your home can be challenging. There are so many different types of lights that it can be hard to choose just one that fits your needs. However, you’ll know what we mean if you’ve been in a store that carries them.

Before you start shopping for the right lights, you must consider the space where you want them to go. For instance, if you’re planning on using them in a room with a lot of old furniture, you need to ensure that they’re functional and have a good style.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the most important factors you should consider when choosing the proper lighting for your house. We’ll also discuss the various types of lights you can use in your home. 

Ambient Lighting

An ambient light source is typically the primary source of light in a room. It can be various fixtures, such as overheads and recessed lights.

Your contractor will typically determine the ambient light used in a room. They will measure the light’s distance from your home and determine its brightness. For instance, the contractor will likely suggest using more “foot candles” or brighter fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens.

Task Lighting

A task lighting fixture is typically used to provide light for various activities, such as reading a book or preparing your make-up. These lights are not designed to brighten a whole room.

The sizes, shapes, and features of task lights vary. They can be used in different ways, such as hanging on a wall or placing inside a mirror. Some models have rotating or swivel capabilities, which allow them to go anywhere. 

Accent Lighting

Although accent lights can be elegant and straightforward, they can also be luxurious. Some types of lights commonly used as accent lights include lamps, chandeliers, and wall sconces.

An accent lighting fixture is a great way to add a bit of personality to a room. It can be used to draw attention to a particular area, such as a painting or a bookshelf.

After learning about the various types of lighting you can choose from, it’s time to check out your other options.


Wall sconces are typically purchased in pairs. They can be placed on either side of either a fireplace or a mirror. Swing-arm style sconces are used as an accent light and are usually mounted on their own.

Wall sconces are typically mounted directly on the wall. They can be equipped with a built-in or plug-and-play style cord.


Unlike wall sconces, pendant lights don’t mount directly onto the wall. Instead, they hang by a chain, wire, or cord.

A pendant light is a type of task light that can be used to hang above a kitchen island or dining room table. 


A chandelier is a type of large lighting system that can provide multiple light sources at the same time. These can be either decorative or functional and can be placed anywhere in the house. 


Although you may already have a table or floor lamp in your home, it’s also a good idea to add a lamp to your selection if you don’t have one. Since they don’t require a whole room to brighten, lamps are an excellent choice for task lighting.

There is something for everyone in the light category; they’re both easy to move and inexpensive.