When designing the lighting for your period home, you need to reach a balance between modern demands and period atmosphere. For most people, a compromise has to be made between:
A good compromise is a high output central electric light with a dimmer, plus one or more additional light sources. These would include electric task and accent lights for day-to-day use, a fireplace for moving light, and perhaps one oil lamp for occasional use. This scheme would be used in the drawing and dining rooms and the hall, with a more simple version for other rooms.