Types of Light Fixtures

There's a lighting fixture for every need and every room. From sleek track lights to elegant chandeliers, here are 12 options for your remodeling project.
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November 25, 2014
By: Mary Kenkel
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Track Lighting

Track lighting is mounted or suspended from the ceiling on a linear unit that contains several light heads, which can be positioned anywhere along the track. The direction of the heads can also be adjusted. In this room, the track lighting is used to highlight the artwork and wall and provide overall light for the space.

Recessed Lighting

This light fixture is installed above the ceiling and has an opening that is flush with the ceiling. Recessed lighting sends a relatively narrow band of light in one direction, so it can be used to provide ambient, task or accent lighting. The recessed lighting in this kitchen adds sufficient light without overwhelming the space. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Mounted underneath kitchen cabinets, this type of lighting is extremely popular as task lighting in a kitchen. The under-cabinet lights in this kitchen brighten up the room and enhance the contemporary, clean feel of the space.

Floor Lamp

A versatile and portable light source, lamps come in a wide range of sizes and styles. This floor lamp complements the room's design scheme and provides task lighting for the bordering chairs. Design by Shelley Riehl David in Wayzata, Minn.

Table Lamp

A stylish table lamp can add character to a room while providing task light. This sophisticated lamp could easily be used for reading. Design by David Scott.

Desk Lamp

Desk lamps provide task lighting, directing light downward on a work space. Design by Luis Caicedo.


Suspended from the ceiling, chandeliers direct light upward. They are typically installed over a table or in a main entry foyer, but they are not strangers to bedrooms and bathrooms. Chandeliers enhance the decorative style of a room and provide ambient lighting. Design by Dina Manzo.

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are very versatile. Surface-mounted to a wall, they can direct light upward or downward. Wall sconces can add a stylistic touch to a room and can also provide ambient or task lighting. The sconces in this bathroom provide flattering lighting while not subtracting from the impact of the tiled wall.

Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights are mounted directly to the ceiling, with a glass or plastic shade concealing the light bulb. Ceiling fixtures have been common in homes for nearly 100 years. The ceiling lights in this hallway complement the chandelier that is suspended from the ceiling. Design by Vanessa DeLeon in Edgewater, NJ.

Pendant Lighting

Suspended from the ceiling, a pendant light directs light down. It can easily enhance the decorative style of a room and add character. In this space, the pendants are positioned to hang low over the bed-side tables. Photo courtesy of Lexington Home Brands.

Cove Lighting

There are three common forms of architectural lighting, and cove lighting is a popular form. Cove lighting is placed in a ledge, shelf or recess high up on a wall, and the light is bounced toward the ceiling or upper wall. In this bedroom, the cove lighting illuminates the ceiling above the bed, adding a romantic feel. Design by Jennifer Charleston.

Soffit Lighting

Soffit lighting, another type of architectural lighting, radiates downward, washing the wall with light. In this bedroom, soffit lighting adds interesting dimension behind the bed. Design by Jennifer Duneier in New York City.

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