Lighting & Lamps Buying Guide

Whether you start your home’s makeover from scratch or simply want to freshen the style of a single room, use this Lighting and Lamps Buying Guide to brighten your spaces.

Types of Lighting & Lamps

Types of Lighting & Lamps

Many people underestimate the impact of lighting and lamps on a space. Lighting and lamps have incredible power to set a mood, accomplish varied tasks, and complement decor. With diverse sizes and kinds of lighting and lamps, you can brighten every space from the smallest of closets to the largest of living rooms. Before you buy, it’s important to understand how different lighting and lamps work best in different spots, as well as their capabilities and energy efficiency potential. Here are the types of lighting and lamps and what you should consider when you buy.

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting and lamps range from wall sconces to floor lamps and overhead ceiling fans with lights. Well-chosen bathroom lighting helps to highlight reflected skin appearance and eliminate shadows from nooks and crannies.

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Innovations Lighting
$383.90

Inspired by mid-twentieth century industrial art, this bathroom wall light comes from the Halophane Collection by the Innovations ...brand of lighting. The design features three lights on a metal crossbar and comes in a sleek satin nickel electro-plated... read more

Justice Design
$698.00

This cool LED, large linear bath light has the look of real alabaster stone because it's made from real alabaster shavings mixed w...ith a durable and long-lasting polyresin. Dark bronze finish metal clips hold the piece secure and add a nice contrast to... read more

Hinkley
$388.50 $99.00

This One Light Bathroom Sconce is part of the Casa Collection and has an Olde Black Finish. It is Damp Rated.

Philips Forecast
$238.00 $44.95

The Philips Forecast F542636U Uptown 1-Light Bath in Satin Nickel Finish with White Cirrus glass is the perfect solution to bathro...om lighting. Forecast continually leads decorative lighting with a depth and breadth of design that is unmatched. Styles... read more

Ceiling Lighting

Ceiling lighting is most commonly used as overall lighting; it is typically a powerful source of light that provides illumination that bounces around an entire room.

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Chandeliers

Chandeliers are often used in rooms as varied as entryways, living rooms, and dining rooms. Chandeliers can be traditional and ornate or more streamlined and contemporary.

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Floor Lamps

Floor lamps, hardworking type of lighting, usually provide task lighting, such as from a reading lamp next to a chair. Floor lamps are essential and surprisingly adaptable.

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Kitchen Lighting

From miniscule undercabinet lights to recessed ceiling lights and pendants hanging over an island, kitchen lighting gets as much of a workout as kitchen appliances, countertops, and cabinets.

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Lampshades

Lampshades do double duty: With color, trim, and style they complement a room, and with texture and material they create different lighting effects.

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Stone County Ironworks
$172.82 $112.16

Size: 15 in.; Casts a warm yellow-brown light into the room. Highlighting the patterns in the shade. Features leather lashing arou...nd the top and bottom. Made from faux rawhide. Top Opening: 5 in.. Bottom Opening: 15 in.. Side Measurement: 10.5 in. (3... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.71 $9.92

Better Homes and Gardens Scallop Wrap Lamp Shade, White:This Better Homes and Gardens lamp shade features a scallop bottom with st...ylish Chinese braid trimSoft-back shadeDimensions: 8"L x 18"W x 14"H (20.32 cm x 45.72 cm x 35.56 cm)Designed to fit onto your lamp's harp componentMade of fabric and metalModel# BH020-002-39-19 read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.97

Better Homes and Gardens Table Lamp Shade:Textured silver fabric hard-back drum shadeUno filterDoes not need harp and finialDimens...ions: 13"L x 11"W x 9"H (33 cm x 28 cm x 23 cm) read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.71 $10.13

Better Homes and Gardens Scallop Lamp Shade, Off White:Off white scallop bottom with Chinese braid trimSoft-back bell shadeDimensi...ons: 7"L x 15"W x 11.5"H (17.78 cm x 38.1 cm x 29.21 cm)Harp requiredMaterial: Fabric and MetalModel# BH020-002-36-19Enhance the look of the lighting in your home with this off white lamp shade read more

LED Lighting

With each passing day, more and more LED lights becomes available for the home. LED lighting is ultraefficient and long lasting, giving homeowners the power to trim lighting costs and create focused sources of illumination.

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Pendants

Pendants are remarkably flexible. A series of pendants or just one or two can dot the ceiling over a kitchen island. Pendants also come in a range of sizes, from smaller varieties suitable for a closet or bath to larger versions that work in an entry.

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Possini Euro Design
$299.99

Redefine your living space with the glamorous Bethany crystal LED pendant light. The two-tier design features clear crystal wrappe...d rings that can be positioned at different heights for a beautiful look that is personalized to your design style and... read more

Kathy Ireland
$399.99

Make a statement with this large bronze pendant light from the Kathy Ireland lighting collection. An elegant scrolling frame desig...n curls around a light brown drum shade for for a feminine appeal. A white glass bowl diffuser rests within the shade to... read more

Vienna Full Spectrum
$699.99 $249.95

Add drama and outstanding brilliance to your living space with the beautiful crystal strand design of this energy-efficient LED pe...ndant light. It comes in a clean chrome finish, and features clear crystal droplets and chrome finish metal strings with... read more

Regency Hill
$399.99

Create a stunning look with the Carlita crystal pendant light. The luxurious design comes with antique silver leaf finish on the f...rame, and is fixed with decorative rods that connect the bowl-shaped fixture to the chain. Clear crystal squares line the... read more

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is typically used in a ceiling as overall lighting; when placed correctly recessed lighting is remarkably effective at casting light across a wide space, but it also can be used for more direct impact.

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Tech Lighting
$2,500.00 $900.00

Tech Lighting 9 Light 29.5" Recessed or Surface Mounted Mirror from the Contemporary / Modern Collection Round mirror surrounded b...y a cove of diffused white light. Available in two styles: recessed and surface. Plated pressure formed frame. Provides shadow-free task and ambient light. Halogen includes transformer and nine 12 volt, 20 watt halogen bi-pin lamps; compact fluorescent includes six 9 watt 2G7 base twin tube lamps and electronic ballast. Halogen version dimmable with a standard incandescent dimmer. Recessed version requires modifications to existing wall construction. Features: ETL Listed Specifications: Height: 29.5" Length: 24" Weight: 35 read more

Juno
$35.99

For use on vaulted ceilings, this Juno Lighting recessed trim directs light straight down, providing proper lighting for a sloped ...surface. The black baffle helps control the lighting. This light can be used on a sloped ceiling of 9 to 27 degree pitch.... read more

Progress Lighting
$388.80 $233.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Alico
$252.00 $168.00

Dart 2 Inch ADA Compliant Recessed Steplight with Driver Features: Comes complete with housing for new construction and LED driver... Crafted from aluminum Indoor use only Dimensions: Height: 7.5" Width: 2" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Electrical Specifications: Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Base: Integrated LED Wattage: 3 LED: Yes Color Temperature: 3200K read more

Table Lamps

Table lamps are most often found in less-trafficked spaces such as bedrooms and offices, where they provide essential light for important tasks such as bill paying and reading.

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Track Lighting

With track lighting, you can cast illumination in a directed manner toward items such as artwork, books, or decorative accents. Track lighting can also dot light along the length of a long space, such as a hallway.

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Kichler Lighting
$43.79

The Olympia collection brings a modern twist on the classic aesthetic to create a new form the likes of which has not been seen be...fore. The curvilinear flowing arms create a clean contemporary profile for your home. The antique pewter finish combined with satin-etched white glass presents a natural color palate capable of matching any decor. This adjustable rail light expands your decorating options. Versatile 3-light swivel head focuses light in multiple directions. Lamps swivel 90 degrees and rotate 350 degrees. May be ceiling or wall mounted. UL listed for damp locations. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$57.72

Better Homes and Gardens Chrome Track Tree Floor Lamp:Adjustable lamp heads direct light in multiple directionsContemporary chrome... color modernizes this classic indoor track floor lampOn/Off rotary switch easily turns floor lamp on/offPolished Chrome finish adds a sleek styleFreestanding, stable metal lamp is 10.5 lbsItem Dimensions: 18.5"L x 10"W x 64"H90-day warranty read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$49.97 $44.97

Better Homes and Gardens Black Track Tree Lamp, CFL Bulbs Included:Contemporary designAdjustable lamp heads allow you to direct li...ght wherever you chooseVersatile black finishTree lamp with 3-piece steel ball shadesOn/off rotary switchDimensions of this Better Homes and Gardens lamp: 18.5"L x 10"W x 64"H (46.99 cm x 25.4 cm x 162.56 cm)90-day warranty read more

WAC Lighting
$1,260.00 $900.00

WAC Lighting MT-LED418S-CWHS 4 Light 4500K LEDme Spot Light Multispot Housing with Lamp Features: Lights included Specifications: ...Lumens: 2040 Color Temperature: 4500K Beam Angle: 10° Wattage: 72w UL Listed: Yes read more

Undercabinet Lighting

Undercabinet lighting works well in both new and retrofit projects to add task and accent lighting to utility rooms, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. In addition, undercabinet lighting is typically highly energy-efficient.

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Wall Lighting

Often in the form of sconces, wall lighting can add overall light in a small space, shine accent lighting on artwork, or provide task lighting in a bath or hallway.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$9.97 $9.88

Better Homes and Gardens 23" Wall Sconces, Set of 2:Includes 2 decorative Metal wall sconcesHolds pillar candles (not included)Gre...at for the home read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.87

Better Homes and Gardens Geo Wall Sconce, Black:Wall sconceGreat for the homeRequires 8 tea lights (not included)Material: Iron an...d Glass read more

Progress Lighting
$990.00 $594.00

Features: Die-cast aluminum housing provides firm mounting over recessed junction boxes Door is cast aluminum for typical commerci...al applications Polycarbonate lens 0-10V dimming drivers standard UL rated for wet locations Highly efficient LEDs produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan 5 year limited warranty -40°F to 104°F operating temperature Certifications: UL-1598 Dimensions: Extension: 8" Height: 15" Length: 14 7/8" Width: 8" Electrical Specifications: Bulb Type: LED Color Temperature: 4000K Lumens: 4505 Number of Bulbs: 1 Voltage: Universal 120V-277V Wattage: 68 read more

GuildMaster
$1,647.00 $1098.00

Features: Manor graystone finish Clear beveled mirrors Durable wood frame Product Specifications: Height: 79" Width: 37" Depth: 2"... Material: Wood About GuildMaster: GuildMaster, an Elk Group International brand, incorporates passionate unique design with passion for contemporary and environmentally sustainable works of art. These original items are meant to be heirlooms that are kept in the family from generation to generation. Custom furniture, wall art, and mirrors that are meant to be appreciated and displayed as tasteful home decor. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Although lighting and lamps may seem simple—insert bulb, turn on a switch—they are in fact the repositories of advanced technologies that help make life simpler and more energy-efficient. Lighting and lamps come in a range of materials from recycled wood to plastic. Lighting and lamps can be the finishing element in a room or the focal point of a space’s design. Before you pluck lighting or lamps off a store shelf, make sure to check out the product features and choose the extras that help accomplish your home design goals.

Dimmers

Dimmers—typically adjusted with a switch or with a remote control—allow lighting to be brightened or dimmed as needed. Dimmers offer an excellent feature to control the amount of light and energy used.

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Lutron
$81.93

Descriptions Friendly Tip: The price is for Single Item. The item sold Separately. The Lutron MAW-603-RH-AL Dimmer Switch Maestro ...Duo Dimmer & Companion Dimmer Set with Wall Plates 600W 3-Way - Almond is another smart duo dimmer with advanced... read more

Insteon
$107.99 $49.99

INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box Brand NewIncludes Two Year Limited Warranty The INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box is a D...immer Switch which can be remotely controlled from your smartphone which, when connected with a hub provides options like... read more

Insteon
$107.99 $49.99

INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box Brand NewIncludes Two Year Limited Warranty The INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box is a D...immer Switch which can be remotely controlled from your smartphone which, when connected with a hub provides options like... read more

Leviton
$52.87

Descriptions Friendly Tip: The price is for Single Item. The item sold Separately. Leviton’s award-winning collection of residenti...al wiring devices and dimmers introduces the Leviton ACM06-1LA as part of the Acenti Collection. What makes this unit so... read more

Adjustability

Many lights and lamps, such as chandeliers, pendants, and floor and table lamps, can be adjusted for height to accommodate a variety of users, needs, and furniture setups.

Energy Efficiency

Look for lighting products, including lamps, that are Energy Star certified. Their lower energy use means they make a direct contribution to trimming your utility bills.

Finish

The finish on lighting products should be reviewed before you make any purchase. You may choose a finish, such as chrome, that matches other accents in a room, or you may want a finish that offers subtle contrast to other design elements in the room.

Color

A light fixture’s color should also be a design consideration so the fixture complements other hues, patterns, and fabrics in a room. Consider a varying tone or use a light fixture to add a pop of color.

Material

From wood and metal to paint and crystal, interesting materials transform a light fixture or lamp from ho-hum into an extraordinary focal point.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Whatever lighting or lamp you choose for your space, you should review two main purchase considerations. Both the size of fixtures and the lightbulbs used in the fixtures impact how well the light works in your space, how effectively it complements your decor, and how simple you find fixture operation.

Size

Light fixtures should be chosen in balance with the size of a room. For example, a too-small chandelier in a midsize dining room will be dwarfed by the space and will not cast enough illumination to properly light the room.

Lightbulbs

Make sure you understand the types of lightbulbs your fixture requires, as well as the longevity of the bulbs and the energy usage. New bulb packaging clearly lays out light color, cost, and life span.

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