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Like a good meal, good lighting depends as much on what you don't include as what you do. Using good sense and avoiding the temptation to overdramatize can reduce the cost of the fixtures, installation, switching, and operation. Lighting Options Suppose you have a limited budget for lighting: How should you spend it to your best advantage? The first step is to categorize the available options: 1. Direct lights are surfacemounted on the ceiling and wall, or hanging (pendant) lights. Whether left bare or shrouded with diffusing globes or lenses, these lamps are the cheapest and most efficient kind of light. (By efficient, I mean they produce the most usable light per watt.) On the down side, they also produce the most glare and,