New Construction Terms Part 4: Types of lighting in a new home

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There are more types of lighting than could be mentioned in one blog post. We will be discussing the types of interior lighting that are typically found in new construction homes. First of all, understand that there are three “main” types of lighting: 1) Ambient lighting normally provides general all over lighting; 2) Accent lighting, where you highlight certain features of the room, and 3) Task lighting, which usually goes over a space used for tasks like cooking or eating.


Recessed lighting in a new homeRecessed lighting is a popular option for ceilings. Sometimes these lights can be turned to accent certain areas of your home. Recessed lights are energy efficient, saving you money. These can be great for task lighting.

Track lighting in a new homeTrack lighting is great for accenting, such as portraits and wall art. It can used for task or ambient lighting. It is also energy efficient. An advantage of track lighting is you can move the lights to highlight whatever you want.


Chandelier in a new homeChandeliers have been around for centuries (yes, they were even used with candles!), and remain a classy and attractive way to showcase features of your home such as the dining room table or foyer to create a welcoming atmosphere.



Wall lighting in a new homeWall lighting such as sconces may be used to illuminate and accent wall areas, most commonly used in bathrooms and hallways.



Pendant lighting in a new homePendant lighting has risen in popularity quickly. These types of lights can be any color you want and even have attractive designs on them if desired. Unless the pendants are large or the space is small, pendants are generally hung in threes. Pendants are used for task lighting.






Of course, you can always opt for plain utility lighting in your new home, but why not make your home more attractive with lighting options that are beautiful and affordable? (Utility lighting is generally used in lower levels or laundry rooms in newer homes.)


Whatever lighting you decide to use, keep in mind that light can cast a shadow where it’s not wanted. If you are not sure consult an expert in interior lighting. The builder we have a business relationship with uses and recommends Brecher’s Lighting on South Hurstbourne in Louisville.


An advantage of choosing The Brenda Doll Team to represent you when building a new home is our agents have the resources, knowledge, and experience to help you choose lighting options as well as all other options, including builders. Call Brenda Doll now at 502-639-9303 to schedule a new construction appointment.


Comments (6)

Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


This a great idea for a post. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you have a wonderful day. 

Sep 28, 2012 03:18 AM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Thanks Alan! I'm excited about educating the public (and sometimes myself in the process) of the many options for new homes.

Sep 28, 2012 03:35 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Lynda-To think we used to just get by with incandescent and fluorescent. And maybe a yellow or red bulb. I guess Thomas Edison would be proud of where things have gone.

Oct 01, 2012 02:40 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I guess he would! That made me laugh out loud. Have a great day Wayne! 

Oct 02, 2012 02:47 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I liked your post and photos too! Having the right light makes all the difference.

Oct 03, 2012 02:36 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

Thank you Patricia! When we have a house built of our own I'm going to make sure there is lots of lighting in the bathrooms and dressing room, because the home I'm currently living in is lacking in that department.  (By the way, I love your hair color.)

Oct 03, 2012 10:41 PM

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