One of the amusing things I have noticed in Dutch homes are their penchant for lighting. Their lighting system is well thought of, strategically designed in parts of the house which they want to highlight especially in the living room like the dining room (or space) and the living room. Good lighting is as important to a Dutch home as frietjes is to a Dutch dining table.
Their love for good lighting, ergo, translates to a love for lamps, which are mostly halogen, flourescent, or LEDs. Ask any Dutch and they would probably tell you what is the best brand for your house, in consideration of brightness, voltage, wattage (most especially because this is the one that measures the bill they have to pay) and average life. In my country, this is not really a big priority because when you buy the house, it's already installed with a lighting system.
In our house alone, there is at least two reading lamps and one floor lamp in the living room alone, two table lamps in both sleeping rooms and one hanging lamp in the dining room. That is because the family loves reading and it is very important to have a good kind of lamp which is not too bright to affect the mood for reading or too low that you will strain your eyes. It is Dad who always decides on the addition of lights and lamps in the house.
I wish I have the Dutch's penchant for lighting so when I already have my own house here, I would know how to make my home cozier and and perfect for rest and relaxation everytime I come home.