Once you have selected what you want to light, you
will have to decide how you are going to light it. Your
local ALA showroom is the best place to view the many
different styles, sizes and shapes of lighting fixtures that
are available to deliver the ambient, task and accent
lighting you need.
Chandeliers add style
and a decorative focal
point to almost any
room in the house.
Recent lighting design
trends have focused on
the value of chandeliers
in many spaces
throughout the house.
They have traditionally
been used primarily in
the dining room, but
are now commonly
used in bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, living rooms,
foyers and bathrooms.
Photo credit: Kichler Lighting
Some chandeliers are designed with downlights to
provide task lighting for homework, table games or
to accent table settings. Many chandeliers today also
are available with either fabric or glass shades, which
provide excellent lighting while reducing glare and
providing an artistic element to the space. They also
are available in a variety of light sources, including
incandescent, tungsten-halogen and even energy-efficient fluorescent.
The addition of a dimmer lets you alter the intensity
of the light to suit the mood or activity. Dimming
incandescent bulbs will save electricity and will
also extend the
life of the bulb. All
can be dimmed with
and LED require
special controls. Ask
your ALA lighting
showroom for more
information on these