Lighting your loft
It is very important to ensure adequate lighting in your loft. If natural light enters the loft on one side only, you will need good lighting on the opposite side. Fluorescent lights provide light that is very similar to natural daylight, so if it is possible to install some concealed fluorescent tubes (they are not pretty, so should not be exposed), such lighting might be a good option for this area.
Using translucent dividers and strategically placed mirrors can also improve lighting in the back part of the loft.
Night time lighting is best if it combines many sources of light. Depending on the ceiling heights, hanging lights or track lights can be used for overhead fixtures. If the height allows, track lights mounted on metal railing look good in lofty spaces. Flush-fitting ceiling and wall lights, and spot lights mounted on vertical columns are also good choices. All these should preferably be equipped with dimmer switches.
Once the main lighting is provided, you should equip your loft with additional ligting for a work space, reading corner, dining area, or to showcase art pieces. For that purpose there is a choice of standing floor lamps, desk lamps, spot lights and sconces, and - for the dining area - a low hanging lamp or a chandelier.
If the loft is large and open, and ceilings high, it is important to use large standing lamps, which will not be dwarfed by the surrounding space.