Most homeowners do not replace their light fixtures unless they’re going for more energy-efficient options, performing a thorough renovation, or buying a new place. Under all of these circumstances, it’s ideal to know which types of indoor light fixtures are available in the market and where each type can be placed indoors for the best illumination.
Types of Indoor Light Fixtures in Pakistan
There is an enormous variety available in the market when we consider indoor light fixtures in Pakistan. The range of fixtures include:
- Ceiling Lights
- Pendant Lighting
- Track Lighting
- Tube Lights
- Under-Cabinet Lighting
- Recessed Lighting
- Floor Lamps
- Wall Sconces
- Desk Lamps
- Table Lamps
Chandeliers are one of the most common types of light fixtures in Pakistani homes and are primarily used in drawing rooms and formal seating areas. Chandeliers are typically preferred for these rooms since they add to the grandeur of the room and its ambience. Housing anywhere between 5 to 10 bulbs, chandeliers can be made of a combination of chrome, glass, plastic, crystals, and a range of other materials. Chandeliers add to the ‘wow’ factor of a room but are only ideal for large and spacious rooms with high ceilings. They’re also used for more traditional interiors, and are thus, less frequently used in modern homes.
Ceiling lights are installed directly onto the ceiling, with a shade of glass or plastic covering the bulb to diffuse the light. While ceiling lights have been around forever, they’ve never really gone out of fashion. However, they can be challenging to install on considerably high ceilings. The convenience these lights offer is one reason why they are perfect for all areas of the home that witness high traffic, such as hallways, living areas, and even kitchens and bathrooms.
Suspended from the ceiling via wires or rope, pendants are like orbs of lights floating above a flat surface, usually a countertop, kitchen island, or a dining table. Glass, metallic, and even wooden pendant lighting can be readily found in the market. The purpose of pendants is to focus the light downward onto the surface that requires illumination for precision work.
Used primarily for decoration, this type of indoor lighting fixture contains a series of heads, each with its own bulb, with all of them being connected together on the same track. The direction of the heads, however, is adjustable to about 180 degrees, parallel to the ceiling. Track lighting is ideal if you want to throw lights on specific pieces of art or decoration along a wall.
While not the most energy-efficient, tube lights are the most used among all the indoor light fixtures in Pakistan. Fluorescent lights, fitted into special holders on the wall, offer a brighter interior than most energy-efficient bulbs and LEDs. Since changing a tube light in case of a fuse is also quite easy, with no change of the fixture being needed, it is a popular light fixture for most homeowners. Besides going for traditional tube lights, you can opt for special LED lights with the same form and functionality to lower your bills and increase the illumination in your home.
Installed under the kitchen cabinets to offer a direct source of light for all the cooking tasks you perform on the countertop, this type of light fixture is quite aptly named. While it can employ a style similar to track lighting, but generally, individual fixtures are added under each cabinet.
Mostly used alongside false ceilings to design a particular ambience for a room, recessed lighting is named so because it is located in recesses within the roof or even the floor. Nearly 6 inches of space is required to install these lights into the surface, and once added, they can give a unique glow to the room. The dim effect of recessed lighting creates a mood and, therefore, it is perfect for bedrooms and home theatres. You can also choose to place these on the floor to illuminate your staircase.
Less frequently used in comparison to the above light fixtures that get installed into the ceiling of a room, floor lamps are mobile sources of light that can brighten up dark corners perfectly. Considered fancier as well as more fragile than many of the other lights on this list, they’re mainly used in modern interiors and for formal seating areas, since these are not the most kid-friendly alternative.
Most Pakistani homes install lights into their ceilings or their walls, and this is where wall sconces play a major role. Available in modern, traditional, wooden, metallic, and glass finishes, there’s very little that you can’t find when you search the market for that perfect light fixture for your wall. With energy-saving bulbs being all the rage, it has even become less costly to turn on a wall sconce in favour of a tube light. Wall sconces can throw light upwards or downwards and are available in both varieties. They can easily be placed on bedroom walls, above bathroom mirrors, and as spotlights in the central living space.
If you work from home, you’re going to need a desk lamp. This is because one of the key tips for setting up a home office is to provide sufficient lighting for your work and projects. Brighter lights boost your mood and your productivity. Desk lamps are usually available with an adjustable swinging arm that helps you direct the light to your work as per your convenience. These lights are generally portable and quite bright.
Having read the above, you might wonder about the difference between desk lamps and table lamps since both are placed on top of a surface and used for almost the same purposes. Well, the difference is in the functionality and the ambience they create. While desk lamps are perfect for your home office or your child’s study table, you cannot place those same lamps on a table in your drawing-room. This is where the difference comes in. Table lamps are more formal and fancier and are mostly placed on side tables in areas of the house where you would formally entertain your guests.
We’ve now listed all the types of indoor light fixtures that are available for use in your home. Make your choice based on the style of your interior, the functionality of the light fixture, and the amount of direct or indirect light you want in a room.