Home / Style Guide / Learn About Lighting / Lighting 101 Kichler Presents Lighting 101 Everyone needs a starting point, and Kichler can help make your home dreams come true. When planning your lighting, here are the things you need to think about. Create a budget. There is a lot of lighting out there. In fact, there is a lot of lighting on this site alone, and it can be easy to get carried away. Have an understanding of your style and taste. Take a look around your home. What décor makes you the most comfortable? Look through magazines and find pictures of rooms that appeal to you or take a look at our Lighting Galleries for even more inspiration. If possible, have color chips or fabric samples ready for when you make your lighting purchase. Arts and Crafts, Mission & Prairie Contemporary & Modern Lodge & Country Traditional Transitional Utility Know what type of light your looking for. Whether your style runs traditional, modern or transitional, Kichler has the lighting to match your decorative décor. For help determining your style take a look at these lighting styles on our Learn About Lighting page. Know what the area is used for. You will need different lighting for doing homework or food preparation than you will need for dining, entertaining or just passing through. Some areas will serve multiple purposes, so you may need different types of lighting in a single location. Where’s the electricity? This is especially important for new construction or large remodeling jobs. Map out your electrical receptacles, switches and outlets. The less re-wiring you have to do, the better. Know how large your space is. Take a look at the size of the room. If you have a 10′ ceiling in your dining room, a 3-tier, 21-light chandelier won’t work for you. Likewise, if you have a double sink vanity in the bathroom with three mirrors, an 18” bath bar won’t be adequate. Keep in mind where your natural light comes from. That’s right! Natural light plays a large role in the type of lighting you need. Look at where the windows are and how much light they let in. Pay attention to large plants or trees that may partially block the sun’s natural rays. It is always important to consider both daytime and nighttime lighting when choosing lights for your room or home.