Introduction: Choose the Most Appropriate Commercial Electric Lighting Products
With so many different kinds of commercial lighting fixtures available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right electric fixture for your home or office. However, if you know the different kinds of lighting and what they are best suited for, you will be able to choose the best lighting products to illuminate your home or workplace while also saving energy.
Step 1: Types of Electric Lighting Products
Electric lights are available in various formats. You can choose the one depending on your needs and preferences.
Step 2: Recessed Lighting
As the name suggests, recessed lighting is installed into an opening that is flushed with the ceiling. There should be a minimum of 6 inches gap between the roof and ceiling for installation of recessed lighting. In addition, there should be insulation to prevent condensation from making its way into the fixtures. Recessed lighting can be used as accent lighting, task lighting or even ambient lighting. Recessed lighting are frequently used in kitchen, covered patios, hallways and theater rooms, where you don't want the light source to be visible or where there is limited overhead clearance. You can use incandescent, halogen, LED and low-voltage halogen bulbs for your recessed lighting needs.
Step 3: LED Lighting
LED or light emitting diode lighting is fast replacing incandescent lighting in commercial spaces as well as homes. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED lighting is extremely energy efficient. This lighting was invented in the 1920s in Russia and made its way to the United States in the 1960s. They are durable and can last for around 50,000 hours of use when they are lighted using 70 percent of their original power. Unlike traditional lights, LEDs do not flicker or burn out. Instead they just fade when they are nearing the end of their lifespan.
Step 4: Track Lighting
Track lighting refers to a series of lights used to illuminate a space. Usually track lighting makes use of electrical wiring encased within a plastic or aluminum track, which can be connected to already existing circuits or be plugged into the wall socket. Track lighting can be mounted on a wall or ceiling and then separate lighting sockets can be fixed into place along the length of the track. Track lighting is great for highlighting design elements or special features, with each light fixture pointing in a different direction. Using track lighting, a commercial space can hang spotlights and floodlights unobtrusively from the ceiling. At home, these are frequently used in living rooms and dining rooms where you need to highlight a part of the room.
Step 5: Wall Lighting
Wall lighting can include track lighting, wall lamps and recessed lighting. Usually wall lighting helps to enhance the décor of a room. It is used to save floor space while fulfilling the lighting needs in a room. Exterior wall lighting can be used to illuminate doorways and paths and to illuminate dark areas surrounding an office building. Different kinds of wall lighting are available to suit a room’s décor while ensuring that sufficient light is available for work-related activities.
Step 6: Mini Lights
Usually mini lights refer to holiday lights, which people use to decorate Christmas trees, homes and business establishments. These lights can be used not just during holidays and festive occasions, but also all year round to add charm and sparkle to a home or a commercial establishment. They are available in numerous colors and are quite versatile, as they can be draped or hung to give an uplifting look to the space.
Step 7: Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
Any commercial establishment and even homes will require outdoor electrical lighting products, which are usually used for safety, security and guidance. There are many types of outdoor lighting fixtures, with retrofit lighting offering reduced energy consumption and money saving in the long-run, and outdoor post lighting, which offers an economical way to illuminate large areas, being the most popular. It is best to consider why you need outdoor lighting and then select fixtures accordingly.