If you’re designing a new home, or you’re planning to remodel your current residence, then you know how important it is to choose the right lighting options. After all, you’re going to be using these new fixtures for the foreseeable future, and it’s important to use each light to its fullest potential. At Accent Lighting in Wichita, we love helping our customers find the best fixture options, but we also want to equip them with the knowledge on how best to install and utilize their new lights. In this post, we’ll look at three different types of common lighting and how they can be used in your home.

#1. Track Lighting

If you walked into a house in the late 1980s to early 90s, chances are you probably saw some track lighting on the ceiling. This trend caught on for awhile back then, but unfortunately, it tended to be overused, and what was once reserved for art galleries found its way into nearly every room of a house. If you’ve purchased a home that has lots of track lighting, you don’t necessarily need to remove every fixture. You can update the tracks with new lights, and in places such as the kitchen, the angled illumination can be very beneficial.

When used correctly, track lighting can be a great asset in your home. Think about it for art and decor in the living room, and perhaps in the dining room as well. If you have questions, our experts are here to help!

#2. Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting, also known as pot lights for their canister-like construction, is very popular in home lighting design these days. Homeowners install them in the living room, the kitchen, the laundry room, and elsewhere, and they can provide light over a large area. However, it’s important not to only have pot lights in a room. It’s best to pair your grid of recessed fixtures with a chandelier, pendant lighting, or a flush-mount light. The pot lights will provide illumination for most of the room, but your pendants or chandelier will add another level of light that will eliminate shadows and make the space more appealing.

#3. Pendant Lighting

Speaking of pendant lighting, it can be easy to go overboard with this fixture. Pendants can be found in the kitchen, in the dining room, and even the living room, but what’s important to consider is what type of light is the fixture providing – upward light or downward light? In a space such as the kitchen, having downward pendants over the island can provide the perfect task lighting for food prep or when the kids are doing their homework.

Upward pendants provide more of an ambient glow in a room, so if you don’t need direct light on a surface or area, these can be a great choice. They can illuminate and highlight features found in the upper part of a room, such as a design feature or architectural component. If you have a room with a dropped ceiling or a panel ceiling, pendants can be a great choice.

These three fixtures are just a few examples of the types of lighting you should consider for your new home or remodeling project. Other options such as lamps and wall sconces also come into the equation, and the staff at Accent Lighting will be more than happy to help you find the best options for every room.

Stop by our lighting showroom in Wichita today to get started on your fixture upgrade. We can go through your home room by room, or we can come up with an overall design plan that includes everything you’ve always wanted in terms of lighting.

We look forward to helping you!