There is, literally, a kind of lighting to meet every need. In most rooms of the house, you will probably want to combine natural and artificial lighting.

Natural light can be admitted through windows, doors, sky lights, roof windows, and tube lights. The various types of artificial light fixtures and bulbs can be combined and strategically placed to provide the right kind, intensity and color of light in each area of your home or a particular room.

If you want to reduce operating costs and help to save the environment, choose energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs for each of your lighting needs. If you are uncertain how energy-efficient various items are, you can check the government’s web site for a complete list of eco-friendly products at www.energystar.gov.

You will probably want some source of ambient (general) lighting in most rooms of your home. This is often provided with a combination or a choice of ceiling, suspended, recessed fixtures or lamps. In rooms where you want to accent architectural details, draw attention to high ceilings or special wall or ceiling treatments, you might want to use cove lights, which reflect upward.

Track lights can also be used for general lighting, as well as for task lighting or accent lights. If there are work areas in the room (office, kitchen) that need direct lighting, you might want to consider task lights or undercabinet lights. These might be fluorescent tubes or strips or incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs. Small wall-mounted fixtures can also provide appropriate light for task areas.

It is common practice to use pendant lighting or a chandelier above dining areas.

There is sufficient variety in lighting fixtures, designs, colors, shapes, etc. to match or coordinate well with any decor or color scheme in any room of the home. You will find that lighting staff in lighting and home improvement or furniture stores are well informed and quite competent to help you make choices.