Electric luminaires are luminaires used to produce electric light using an electric lamp. These luminaires thus require connection to an electrical power source so that they can produce the light. There are three different types of electric lighting fixtures that are classified according to their installation method, the function of the light or the type of lamp that the fixture uses. Some of these are discussed in this article.
Portable / standalone type
This type of electric lamp is normally mobile and uses an electrical cable that is connected to the electrical source. A number of lamps find use under this type of luminaires, which include:
These portable lamps offer different lighting depending on the intended use. Most are used to provide task lighting, such as reading books or illuminating certain areas of a room.
As the name suggests, this type of electric luminaire is movable and located in only one place. Fixed luminaires are very common in all homes in these areas:
Luminaires for special purposes
Apart from the above luminaires that are most often used to light different areas and tasks at home, there are the electric luminaires that are intended for special purposes. Some of these include accent luminaires used to illuminate certain objects or special functions in a room, headlights used to illuminate outdoor playgrounds, such as stadiums, strobe lamps to produce ordinary flashes of light, and wall-washing lamps that are very useful in contemporary architecture, museums and galleries to illuminate large areas.