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What is a Fixture?

The term “fixture” refers to the electrical fitting that contains the electrical components of a lighting system. A fixture may also be referred to as a “luminaire.”

What are the Different Types of Fixtures?

  The design of light fixtures vary significantly depending on the application for which the fixture was intended. In the most general terms, fixtures often fall under one of three major categories:
  • Free-standing or portable: These fixtures can be easily relocated and are often a deliberate element in home decor, such as floor lamps, desk lamps, and nightlights.
  • Fixed: These fixtures remain where they are installed and include everything from hanging chandeliers to street lights.
  • Special-purpose lights: These fixtures are designed to fulfill a specific function beyond general illumination. This includes Christmas lights, traffic lights, and accent lighting.