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Lighting can make a big difference in how you feel about your home.

It helps you perform tasks more easily, makes you feel safer and more comfortable, and allows you to enjoy your home to its full potential. Lighting adds beauty and drama to a room. It can make a small room look open and airy, and a large room appear cozy and inviting. It can create a stimulating atmosphere for a night of entertaining, or a quiet feeling of relaxation after a long, tiring day. In so many ways, lighting can make a difference. And, it does so inexpensively compared to other home decorating or remodeling options.

Determining your needs.

Lighting should be planned to complement your lifestyle. So, first you need to develop a home lighting plan that suits your individual needs and those of your family. When planning your lighting, look at the activities that occur in each room, the atmosphere you want to create and the decorative elements you wish to emphasize. Keep in mind that light can be absorbed and even wasted in dark-colored rooms, or reflected and used as additional illumination in light-colored rooms. Also, take note of those areas serving more than a single purpose and those that will require more than one type of lighting.

Selecting your lights

Once you've selected what you want to light, you'll have to decide how you're going to light it.

Hallway / Foyer Fixtures

Hallway /Foyer Lighting can create a congenial atmosphere, while providing you with the general lighting you need to greet guests and assure safe passage into other areas of your home. Use ceiling, chain-hung, or close-to-ceiling fixtures in hallways, stairways, and entranceways. Maxim Lighting Superstore has a large selection of Maxim Pendants and ceiling mounts to choose from.


Chandeliers can add sparkle and style to your dining room while giving you the general lighting you need for dining and entertaining. They are also used in bedrooms, foyers, or over a living room grouping or a grand piano. Some are designed with down lights to provide task lighting for homework or table games, or to accent table settings. Chandeliers are available in incandescent, xenon and fluorescent lighting. The addition of a dimmer control lets you alter the intensity of light to suit the mood and activity. Maxim Lighting has a large selection of single-tier, multi-tier and down light chandeliers to choose from.


Pendants can provide both task and general lighting. Equipped with shades or globes to avoid glare, they are suspended from the ceiling over dinette tables, game tables, kitchen counters, or other work areas. When used over end or night tables, they free up the space occupied by table lamps. The use of a dimmer control gives you the flexibility to vary the light to suit the occasion. Maxim Lighting has a large selection of mini-pendants, invert bowl, island and single pendants to choose from.

Ceiling Mounts

Ceiling Mounts usually provide general lighting. They are practical in busy areas such as foyers, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, playrooms, and dens. They are available with incandescent and fluorescent light sources. Maxim Lighting has a large selection of flush and semi-flush mounts to choose from.

Wall Sconces

Wall Sconces can furnish general, task, and accent lighting. Many are designed to match and supplement dining room chandeliers, or to provide hallway, bedroom, or living room lighting. Wall brackets are often used for task lighting at the bathroom mirror. They are available with a choice of incandescent, xenon, and energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Maxim Lighting has a large selection of wall sconces to choose from.

Bathroom / Vanity Lighting

Bathroom Lighting strips supply task lighting, while supplementing the general lighting provided by ceiling fixtures. Similar to the lighting in theater dressing rooms, these softly glowing strips provide excellent lighting for applying makeup, shaving, and grooming. Maxim Lighting has a large selection of bath/vanities to choose from.


Lamps can deliver general, task, and accent lighting, while giving you the flexibility to move the light whenever you want. Table lamps and floor lamps are available in a variety of styles to complement your decor. These lamps are available with incandescent, xenon, and energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs.

Track Lighting

Track Lighting can provide general, task, or accent lighting all at once in one flexible lighting system. You can move, swivel, rotate, and aim the individual fixtures in any direction along the track, giving you the versatility to change your lighting scheme when the need arises.

Undercabinet Lighting

Undercabinet Lighting offer both task and accent lighting. Under kitchen cabinets they light a countertop. In a display cabinet they show off prized possessions. They're used in a workshop or anywhere you need lighting right at hand. They include xenon, fluorescent and LED light sources.

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