Choose from the many home lighting options that fit your needs.

Home lighting helps you see to cook dinner, watch television, or work at your computer. Home lighting can also help set a festive mood for entertaining guests or create a calming atmosphere to help you relax at the end of the day. With all of the home lighting options available, it’s easy to find the right light for your needs.

Most of the lighting sold in retail stores is incandescent lighting, the original filament-style light bulb. This type of home lighting mimics natural light and is warm and flattering. Incandescent lighting can be found in clear, white, and colored styles. White incandescent lighting is the most common type of home lighting since it helps prevent eyestrain while reading or watching television. Pink or other colored bulbs are generally used for mood lighting. To control the level of light, incandescent lighting is available in a variety of wattages. As a general safety precaution, you should never use an incandescent bulb with a higher wattage than what is recommended on the light fixture’s label.

Florescent lighting is more expensive to purchase than incandescent bulbs. However, florescent lighting is energy efficient and will last longer than other types of home lighting. In fact, some florescent bulbs can last as long as seven years. Florescent lighting tends to be harsher than other types of home lighting, but is a good choice for basements and utility areas.

Halogen lighting is the newest type of home lighting. Halogen lighting provides a crisp white light that intensifies the colors in a room, but it is more expensive than both incandescent and florescent bulbs. This type of home lighting will last longer if protected from dust and airborne oils. Since halogen bulbs can get extremely hot, they are not the best home lighting choice for families with small children. Halogen bulbs work especially well with a dimmer switch.