The typical recessed fixture fits flush against the ceiling for a clean, contemporary look.
It's ideal for small spaces, such as hallways and foyers, but also works well in larger areas, such as family rooms and dens where several fixtures are wired together in series.
The most popular under-cabinet fixture is the plug-in fluorescent type, which is affordable and easy to install.
But for better, brighter light and more flexibility, I recommend a low-voltage halogen system.
We’ve got a few ideas for what’s hot in hall and foyer lighting and some factors to consider.