Different Types of Lighting Fixtures

Sep 08, 2022
Different Types of Lighting Fixtures


Choosing the right type of fixture is no small feat, whether you’re replacing an existing light fixture or planning to install a new one. There are plenty of options and lots of questions to consider. What style is best for your home? Which type will set the mood you’re going for? These and other questions can feel overwhelming as you browse the lighting section at your local hardware store.

Some points can be established before you start thinking about trends and styles. For instance, what’s your budget? And related to that, what’s the purpose of this new fixture: are you just trying to broadcast light or do you want people to stop and admire the fixture? Answer these two questions clearly, and you’ll filter out a lot of impractical options that aren’t going to meet your needs.

Beyond that, consider the space that you will be the lighting. What is the flavour of the room’s interior design? If you have sleek modern wood trims and cool, subdued colours, you’ll want to find a fixture that complements this look. Again, clarity on these points can narrow down your options to a manageable selection.

Your answers to the questions above will help you decide which of the following types of light fixtures you’re actually looking for.



Commonly used in dining rooms, chandeliers can also dress up foyers and other large rooms. They’re typically suspended from the ceiling, casting light via prisms or with the use of multiple bulbs. While “classic” chandeliers tend to be ornate, you can also find designs that present a simpler sophistication.

Ceiling Fans


If you’re trying to regulate the temperature in your room, consider a ceiling fan. Many models come with a light fixture, which means you can solve two problems at once. And since ceiling fans promote airflow, energy-efficient models can also make a difference in your regular energy bills.

Track Lights

track lights

Track lights are popular because they’re highly adaptable. You’ll often see them in kitchens and other rooms where customizable lighting is a bonus. With flexible heads, they can easily illuminate corners and other common dim spots. What’s more, the track heads come in all shapes and sizes, so you can choose the style that best suits your room.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

under cabinet lighting

Countertops are notoriously difficult spots to light. In kitchens and workshops, this can prove to be a safety hazard. If you’re cutting vegetables or working on an engine, you need to see what you’re doing. Under-cabinet lighting solves this problem while preserving the aesthetic you’ve created with your cabinets.

Recessed Lighting

recessed lights

Thoughtfully placed recessed lighting has multiple advantages. It can illuminate specific points in your room and make it feel bigger since the fixtures don’t take up a lot of space. They’re also energy-efficient, allowing you to feature a modern design and lower your electrical bill at the same time.

Do you need help navigating these questions? Wireman Electric’s professional team of licensed electricians can help! We can assess your space, provide expert recommendations, and give you a free quote for the project. Call us today so that we can transform your daunting decision into a peaceful new reality.