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Hanging Fixtures
Hanging fixtures can provide an excellent source of general lighting, as well as create a center of attention and stylish focal point for an entire area. The hanging foyer fixture you select is the first thing guests see as they enter your home, creating the personality of your home.

Consider the scale of your entire home when selecting a hanging fixture for a large, 2-story entry or open stairway. The size of this fixture will enhance the open, grand feel of your home. By choosing a fixture that is too small for your space, you could deter from on of your home's most prominent architectural design features.

Placement in a foyer could depend on the stairway location or the presence of an upper window. Consider the appearance from the street or walkway as well as from inside your home. In some cases you may want to sacrifice some aesthetic appearance the fixture gives to the interior of your home to accomplish a dramatic scene on the outside of your home.

Consider a "light lift" for fixtures hung from high ceilings. It installs in the ceiling above the canopy and will allow you to lower chandeliers electronically for cleaning and changing bulbs.
Flush Mounts
Flush mount fixtures are a good source of general lighting in almost every area of the home.

In an entry area, avoid sudden changes in light intensity from the foyer to hall and living areas.

Hallway lighting should be bright enough to light stairs, corners, and any other potential hazardous areas. The light should be bright enough to distinguish a blue coat from black, but not bright enough for reading.

Center lights in bedrooms or studies can provide a general source of soft lighting.

Functional ceiling lights in closets and pantries will assist you in identifying the items you need and help sort colors of clothes in closets.

Florescent lighting in a work area such as a kitchen or laundry room offers an even light, delivering three times the light per watt of an incandescent bulb and lasts 10 to 20 times longer. For this reason, consider fluorescent fixtures in areas where changing bulbs is inconvenient.