When you choose indoor lighting for your home, the first concern is always the shape and size of the lighting fixture that you are thinking of installing. Another concern would be the design or type of fixture that you are thinking of installing – overhead, floor lamps, wall sconces, etc. These are not the only things you will need to think about when it comes to lighting though, since you will also need to make considerations regarding the kind of bulb to use for these fixtures.
The bulbs you choose will determine a few things, and these include the brightness of the light or level of illumination in the room, the electricity consumption of such lights according to wattage, and of course, the ambiance of the room due to the color and brightness of these lights. Here are some lighting types that you may want to consider, and what each one brings to a room, no matter what fixture you use.
Warm lighting – this is what you need when you are looking for a lighting option that makes a space feel comfortable, homey, and welcoming. This is often represented by a reddish-orange glow, which you used to get only from incandescent bulbs. These days however, these can be had with the help of CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) that come in what is called a soft white tone. You can also have this effect with the use of fluorescent bulbs that are also in a soft white tone.
Bright lighting – if you are looking for lighting that is very bright, and is somewhat similar to the brightness of sunlight without the glaring tone, you may want to use warm white lighting. These can give off rather warm orange tones, which is somewhat like that of the brightness of the early morning sun, and illuminates an area or a room brightly enough but without the harshness of cool white light. You can have this kind of light from CFLs, and colored fluorescent lamps.
White lighting – if you want the brightness of the noonday sun, then what you need is the cool white shade of these bulbs. You will find these in bulbs that are used overhead in many offices, factories, hospitals, and schools. These are said to encourage concentration, hence the usage in these facilities. You can have this kind of a glow with the use of CFLs, fluorescent lamps, halogen bulbs, and LED. This particular lighting option may be somewhat harsh, so you need to be careful where you use it.