When planning your home’s lighting, whether for new construction or a remodeling project, there’s more to it than pulling wire and stringing light bulbs, or at least there is if you want to get the most out of your lighting. As the incandescent light bulb is gradually phased out, your primary lighting choices are halogen, CFL, and LED, each with its own advantages and disadvantages relating to cost, longevity and durability.
Beyond that, the lighting choices you make in your home provide more than light to see by. Lighting can be used to set a mood, provide atmosphere and ambiance, or to draw the eye by highlighting certain features or areas. For outside areas as well as inside, you want to make sure you get the proper light placement with appropriate intensity, and options to incorporate remote control, timers, light sensors, and dimmers.