What Is A Light Fixture?

When it comes to preparing a light for the home, while we want it to be nice and bright and a particular color if we want it to fit in with a certain aesthetic, the design of the lamp itself is also incredibly important.

Gone are the days where a simple screw in plug on a flat electrical surface is the only way to fit a light bulb, there are many more modern ways you can mount a bulb to the wall.

While it may not seem too important initially, it can not only impact the thematic design but also the position of the light and what directions its facing in which is why light fixtures are so important.

Here is everything you need to know about light fixtures including which are the most common, how to use them and the tremendous amount of benefits they offer.

What Is The Purpose Of A Light Fixture?

A light fixture is a part of a light that is attached to a wall or ceiling to act as a mount for the light bulb (see also ‘What Is A 3 Way Bulb?‘).

In more technical terms, they are an electrical device usually in the shape of a stand that contains an electric lamp that provides illumination.

After the practical use of fluorescent lighting became released in the early 20th century, light fixtures became mainstream in essentially no time at all and are widely used today. 

While light fixtures allow for much more customisation when it comes to lighting in the house, they also contribute tremendously to the design and color of a room and can add so much more to the aesthetic you’re going for that there’s no wonder they’re a must buy for most people. 

Types Of Light Fixtures

The most common light fixture is simply the house or desk lamp that many of us will have at least one of in the house.

However, these are the most basic types of light fixtures and only allow a limited scope of light to be omitted. 

Part of the beauty of these mounts is how much variety is available, all serving their own purpose while having their own unique designs that can change how a room looks and feels in their own unique ways.

Here are a few of the most popular that are definitely worth considering.


The more traditional design of the chandelier oozes style and elegance.

This type of fixture doesn’t just need to come in the standard hanging design we are all used to, while they all retain a similar circular shape with multiple lights dotted around them, you can get chandeliers far higher or lower to the ceiling and even with circular casings.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting refers to a fixture which is essentially built into the wall or ceiling and will barely protrude.

These types of lights create a very warm and enclosed feeling when walking into a room and are very unique in the way the light delicately shines due to their sunk in design. 

They are mostly found on the ceiling in kitchens or even on some stairs to activate one by one as you step over them, they can be used in many ways and are a delicate but effective addition to any room.

Wall Sconces

Sconces are not only a charming way to fit a light into any room, they are effective literally anywhere you use them, for example they can provide a bright light across the kitchen to help you cook or can also fit neatly into a bathroom so you can clearly see your mirror.

Not to mention, for a larger part of the house you can easily have two or three to brighten up the room without them looking out of place, instead they provide a nice cozy addition that is easy to buy and to mount. 

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps come in a huge variety of shapes and styles that can be suited to any room in the house without even trying.

Some of the larger types such as arc lights, column lamps, tripod lamps and oversized floor lamps can light up an entire room without it ever feeling dim and are perfect to place behind an armchair or at the end of the sofa so that they don’t take up too much space. 

Since they can be a little on the bulkier side at times, you can even buy a tall and thin torchere lamp which provides the exact same amount of light while being a little more slender so it doesn’t stand out too much. 

Accent Lighting

From fairy lights to neon signs, decorative accent lighting is becoming extremely popular as a way to mount lights due to how modern and inviting it is being the most creative way you can set up lights to enhance a room instantly.

In a massive variety of colors and styles, this is the usually the go to light fixture when you want a room to make a statement and impress anyone who walks in.

How To Determine The Right Wall Fixture Size 

There are a few handy tips for measuring how big or wide you will need a wall fixture to be. If you’re using ambient lighting, measure the length and width of the room and then add them together.

When converted to inches, that will be the ideal size for a light fixture, so for example a 19 inch wide fixture would suit a 9×10 foot room. 

With smaller fixtures like sconces and recessed lighting, a good rule of thumb is to keep them 30 inches apart so that they can all adequately brighten up a room which also allows you to buy them in smaller sizes. 


It’s never a bad idea to spruce up the aesthetic and style of a room with some unique and decorative wall fixtures so it’s encouraged to always try and seek out which styles you like the look of that can keep your house warm and bright.