Very generally speaking, there is direct and indirect or reflective lighting. The example above is reflective lighting. The light from either outside or inside is reflected in the mirror and the glass jars. Direct light is shown below as light coming directly into the room through the window.
1. Ambient Lighting. This is the overall lighting that illuminates the room. A perfect example of this is the ceiling fixture such as a chandelier or even the ceiling fan shown below. It alone can make a room very bland and uninteresting.
- Incandescent bulbs produce heat and use a lot of electricity, but provide good lighting;
- Halogen bulbs are generally bright, low wattage bulbs and energy efficient, but may have a high heat output;
- Fluorescent bulbs are energy efficient, but turning them on and off often can shorten the life of the bulb. They come in warm (yellow) or cool (blue) shades. I use one of each in my fixture for a more natural lighting.