Light Fixture Installation Berkeley
Looking to new light fixture installation in Berkeley or Oakland areas? We have transformed homes just by adding new lighting! Lighting fixtures come in all shapes and sizes. Your home’s lighting can really improve the amount of enjoyment you get out of your home. They now play a part in Bay Area home design! Did you know that there are many types of lights? Depending on the purpose of your lights, there are 3 main different types of lights:
The 3 Types of Lighting:
- Ambient lighting is the most common type of lighting, also known as “natural lighting.” The purpose of ambient lighting is to cover an entire space with an even amount of light so that there are no glares or shadows.
Ambient lighting will be the main lighting source for most of your rooms at home. It is a functional type of light because it allows you to enjoy the room with the light.
- Task lighting is also a functional form of light. It shines a bright focused light on an area with the purpose to help you perform a task (hence the name). Science shows that by using bright light in contrast to the rest of the room, it stimulates the brain to help you concentrate and keep you awake.
When people study, read, sew, work on a project, etc, they most often do best using task lighting. Lamps and desk lights are great examples of task lighting forms. Accent lighting is similar to task lighting in that it’s a focused ray of light that it used to shine on an area or object. The difference between them is that accent lights are meant to draw attention to what it’s shining on, or to the light itself. In this sense, accent lights are mainly used for decoration rather than function.
- A spotlight is a form of accent lighting. In the home, lights that shine on a piece of art or display case would be examples of accent lighting. Many people use accent lighting in the yard as well. Another example of accent lighting that brings attention to the illumination itself are colored lights, such as Christmas lights!
Once you know the function of your light, you’ll need to pick out the light style. There is a good chance you’ll be looking for an ambient light source. These are the different styles of light fixtures.
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Flush or Semi-Flush Lights:
These are the most common lamp style. They are light fixtures that are mounted to the ceiling or right next to the ceiling rather than hanging from it. These types of lights can be very basic and affordable, sold in any home improvement store.
While they can be complex and decorative they don’t have to be. You are most likely going to find these light styles in bedrooms, hallways, and other areas where decoration are not so important.
Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling on a single suspension line. Each pendant light only comes with one light, so they are often hung in groups.
Pendants are modern illumination styles and can be highly decorative. They are very versatile. Depending on the size of the light fixture, pendant lights can be used for ambient, accent, or task lighting!
The dining room, home entrance, and living room are rooms you are most likely going to see this form of light. Pendant lights are often found in areas where decoration is more important.
Where pendant lights hang solo, a chandelier hangs with many lights. Traditionally they resemble upside-down trees, but modern designs can look very different.
Chandeliers have been around since before the lightbulb, originally with candles. They are associated as being a traditional, classy form of bringing brightness to your room. Chandeliers can add a form of elegance or contemporary style to any home. It will most likely be situated in gathering areas, such as over the dining room table.
Track lighting contains multiple light fixtures attached to a long supporting structure, called the track. Tracks to not need to be straight, and modern track lighting is often very curvy to fit a room or be very decorative. Track lights look like little spotlights and are forms of accent lighting. It’s no surprise that they can usually be moved to change the beam of light.
Recessed lights are installed directly into the ceiling, and not from the ceiling. They are placed directly into holes with each hole having wiring that is hidden in the ceiling. If you are interested in recessed lighting, you may need to dramatically alter your ceiling if the mounting holes do not already exist.
Recessed lighting is a very trendy and modern form of lighting today. When installing, you may want to make sure that the lights have dimming capabilities. This will make your home feel like a museum or movie theater. With this functionality, recessed lights can be both ambient, task, or accent lights.
At Pro Electrician Berkeley, we will be able to install any light fixture you want for your home. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll help brighten up that space!
Installing a light is not as simple as plugging it into the wall. There are several factors to keep in mind when looking at the overall cost to input your light fixture. For your light installation in Berkeley, this is what we will be looking at:
- Wiring: If we are replacing an existing light, then no wiring is usually needed. If no light exists, then wiring and possibly a new light switch will need to be configured. The more electrical wiring that’s required, the more it will cost to be installed.
- Wire Coverings: If wires are needed, we’ll need to know how to hide them. For houses and newer developments, it is often possible to lay the wires behind the wall or behind the ceiling. This is not always the case.
In condominiums especially, it is hard to go through the ceiling. Condos sometimes also have concrete walls. If we are unable to hide the wires, we will have to hide them in either wood molding or metal conduits. The choice is purely for aesthetics. Many people prefer wood in their homes.
The amount of wiring and coverings required is not always easy to see if you’re not an electrician. The wire distance is farther than the nearest wall. Sometimes it needs to go all the way back to the electrical panel.
For more difficult type of lights, such as recessed lighting, the installation can be a lot more complicated. If you want to know how much it will cost to install the lights you want, please contact us at Pro Electrician Berkeley for your free quote.
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