How to choose light fixtures

In many cases, a fixture is chosen simply because it looks attractive. However, if it is very inefficient or does not direct the light where it is required, it is not the best choice. Light fixtures allow us to control glare, direct light where we want it, provide a place for ballasts and transformers and provide attractive aesthetics.

Another important consideration when choosing light fixtures is the color produced. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a scale, from 0 to 100, which describes how well colors are rendered under a particular light source.

The Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) of a lamp describes the mood created by the lighting – how warm or cool the space feels. We use the Kelvin temperature scale to rate light sources; the higher the Kelvin number, the cooler the light source.

Lighting fixtures

Add to this a wide choice of colors, finishes, locations and types, and the selection can be overwhelming. It is useful to sort fixtures into the general type categories of surface, pendant, recessed, track, portable, landscape and fiber optic.

Lighting fixtures functionality

Surface mounted fixtures are exposed, but remain close to – or flush with – the ceiling or wall and are popular in hallways and bedrooms

Pendant fixtures are suspended by a cord, chain, cable or other means and are popular over tables, kitchen islands and in higher ceiling areas.

Recessed lighting, usually in the form of downlights (or spotlights), is typically found within a ceiling cavity. Recessed lighting can be used in virtually every room in the home; however, it should not be used to provide all the layers of light required in a design

Portable fixtures are defined typically by their cord, which can be plugged into any available electrical outlet. Desk and bed lights, pole lights, torchieres and some picture lights fall into this category.

Landscape lighting refers to outdoor-rated fixtures, used to accent trees, walkways and flower gardens and often includes deck lighting

Track lighting answers the need for flexibility in location, quantity and aiming angles. Track lighting has become much more sophisticated in function and appearance, with multiple circuits and voltages, finishes, colors and styles and can be surface mounted on walls or ceilings or suspended

Occhio lighting products, with a wide range of practical lighting fixtures for any type of space and use, with their extremely beautiful and breathtaking design, allow you to use lighting fixtures in accordance with your specific needs and design.

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