The first thing to consider before purchasing a T5 Fluorescent Lamp fixture is what its purpose will be. There are different lights for different applications. General or ambient lights are a type of light fixture you would use to light up an entire room. Light fixtures like wall sconces, chandeliers, flush-mount lights and even recessed lights can fall into this category. You would use accent type lighting to better show a small area, like artwork. Tasks, like cooking or using the computer require task lighting.

The type of light bulb you use can drastically affect the feel of a room or the quality of light you'll see when performing a task. Halogen lights provide a light quality that is very bright and with a spectrum that is closest to natural sunlight. These types of fixtures are most often used in task lights.Fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescent light. A 40-watt fluorescent light provides the same brightness as a 100-watt incandescent bulb. The light quality on either depends on the particular make of the bulb. Both incandescent and fluorescent lights come in 'daylight' makes and provide a whiter light than regular bulbs. In the living room, try to avoid having a singular ceiling light fixture being your main light source. Not only will a single ceiling light affect your ability to watch TV because of the glare, it will make the entire room seem less inviting.