Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lights, or Uplighting: Why Is the Right Lighting So Important in Your Home?

December 18, 2019

When renovating your home or updating your living space, choosing the right lighting can have a huge impact on the end result. But, exactly why is the right lighting so important? Can you really go wrong if you use enough lighting to illuminate your home?

How Lighting Influences a Space

Try moving a couple of your current lamps around or switching out your bulbs for a brighter light. Just by making a few simple adjustments, the entire mood and aesthetic of a room change!

Now, imagine the impact a different type of lighting will have or a masterful combination of lighting products.

The right lighting has the power to influence how you feel in your house. The lighting emphasizes features you want to highlight such as artwork or gorgeous architectural accents. It also has the ability to make your home more functional. The right type of lighting in the bathroom can make it easy to get ready in the morning. Adequate kitchen lighting makes cooking more enjoyable, and lighting in the bedroom allows you to read at night without straining your eyes.

Different Types of Lighting and Their Benefits

Now that you know how important it is to get the lighting in your home right, which products will bring out the best of your home?

Here’s a look at some of the most popular lighting options and what each can do for your living space.

Pendant Lighting

With pendant lights, the lighting fixture hangs down from the ceiling and is suspended by a cord. Pendant lights are similar to chandelier lighting in that they hang from the ceiling. However, with pendant lighting, the fixture typically hangs down further than a chandelier would. Also, pendant lights look great as a set, such as a row of pendant lights hanging over the dining room table or a kitchen counter. You can also get really creative with pendant lighting, using different colors and lengths to create an interesting focal point.

Pendant lighting is a good idea in areas where you need concentrated light, such as in the kitchen or over a game table or workspace. They don’t usually provide diffuse light, however, so you’ll need other types of light for a well-illuminated room.

Recessed Lighting

To brighten up a large living room, dining room, or kitchen, recessed lighting is the way to go. This type of lighting is common in modern homes because the lights themselves are unobtrusive. Because it offers a lot of light, it’s also great for areas with minimal natural lighting such as your finished basement. At Ewing Electric Co., we often recommend using a dimmer function with recessed lighting to give you the flexibility to achieve the amount of illumination you’d like.

The only downside of recessed lights is, they don’t offer a design focal point. If you want your lighting fixtures to really stand out in a room, you may want to try an eye-catching chandelier, pendant lighting, or wall sconce lighting.

Indoor Uplighting

If you want to create a sense of drama or highlight features that are lower to the ground such as indoor plants, sculptures, or your newly renovated staircase, uplighting is a good choice. Often used for outdoor lighting to bring out the bright colors and unique features of outdoor landscaping, uplights are making a comeback with indoor residential lighting. For long hallways, spiral staircases, or your favorite pieces of art, uplighting can transform your space.

Find out more about how you can achieve the look and feel that you want with lighting. Contact Ewing Electric Co. today – our team of experts can consult with you, letting you know what’s possible and how different types of lighting will look in your home.