Changing the mood of a room with light is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Many property owners consult professionals because they don’t know what lights will work for certain tasks, or they don’t like the results when doing it themselves. The following will guide you through the different types of lighting available and how to select the correct ones for the right functions and aesthetics.

Ceiling Lights
The owners suite in our Canvas 4 home features a decorative ceiling light fixture. [View Floorplan]

Ceiling-Mounted Light Fixtures

People usually use ceiling-mounted fixtures for main lighting purposes. They affix right to ceilings and come in a large variety of options. These functional pieces have shades that diffuse light and conceal the actual bulbs. Their covers often consist of plastic or glass, but you can also get them with fabric domes.

Cove Lights

Cove Lights

Desk lamps mainly count as task lights because their illumination usually flows downward to highlight surfaces below the fixtures. You can position these flexible fixtures according to personal needs. Because of their visibility, they can become an important design aspect.

Pendant lights
The kitchen in our Pasatiempo model home features pendant lights. [View Floorplan]

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights attach via pipes, cords, or cables to attachments that hang from ceilings. Designers often incorporate them in multiple rows above kitchen islands and tables. The bulbs send light downward and are enclosed by decorative shades. While they function as task lights, these interesting fixtures bring the utmost character to spaces because of their distinct stylistic features. But you may want to consider the height of the pendant lights. If they are placed too low, they will interfere with your line of sight. If they are placed too high, you will not be able to clean them regularly, and they may require a cleaning service to reach them.

Recessed lighting
The kitchen and great room in our Avery model home features sleek recessed lighting. [View Floorplan]

Recessed Lights

Recessed lights make one of the most unobtrusive options because they sit flush with the ceiling. However, you need at least 4 inches of attic space above the ceiling. This space allows for installation to hide the wiring and mechanism. You can use these fixtures for accent, ambient, or task lighting.

Sconce lights at Granville Bella Home
Our Bella model home features adorning sconce lighting in the bathroom of owners suite. [View Floorplan]


Sconces make unique decorative accents because they either direct light down or up. While you can use them for ambient lighting, they usually can’t properly light up a large space without the aid of other fixtures. That’s why people most often use them for task lighting. Scones look best when mounted on walls at eye level, especially when placed on both sides of a bed or a fireplace.

Track Lights

Track Lights

Track lighting consists of tracks and heads. The track system mounts to the wall or ceiling while the heads attach to the track and provide illumination. Track lighting gives flexibility because you can position the heads. This adjustability allows you to swivel each light into different directions to highlight objects. You can also use this system for ambient lighting because of its numerous heads. Track lighting works especially well for those who love to redecorate areas regularly.

Once you understand how these lighting options work in different spaces, it becomes easier to select the most beneficial ones. Since light functions as a tangible dimension, it can transform a space beautifully. For the best effects, use multiple light sources in each room.

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