What Type Of Ceiling Lights Should You Choose?

If you’re thinking about building or renovating your home, you’re going to need to consider lighting. What sort of lighting should you choose to keep your house feeling fresh and modern? Here’s everything you need to know about ceiling lights.

Ceiling lights include a long list of lighting options such as decorative ceiling lights, pendant ceiling lights, spotlights, crystal ceiling lights, etc.  Ceiling lights are available in a wide spectrum of styles right from classy, traditional-looking nickel and bronze to the more contemporary chrome.

Whatever the type of light bulbs you choose to use, make sure you pick the right style of  light fixture to coordinate well with the aspects of your room. For example, matching the color and design of the mount to that of your door handles, switches and electrical sockets can help give your room a more stylish look.

Since their introduction a long time ago, ceilings have undergone significant changes. There are special ceiling lights for specific parts of your home. So, you have to choose the one that suits the room you want to decorate with these lights.

Flush ceiling lights

Flush ceiling lights are the ones that involve a minimum of space between the ceiling and the light. These ceiling lights are generally preferred in homes where the ceiling is a little low. For practical reasons, it does not make sense to dangle a light from a ceiling that is less than 8 feet in height because it may pose a danger to the people moving in the area.

As the name indicates, a flush ceiling light is one that is flush with the surface of the ceiling. This ensures that there is not much space lost between the fixture and the ceiling. Flush ceiling lights help you make sure that you have sufficient brightness without compromising on safety or the look of the room.

These lights are different from semi flush ceiling lights where there is some distance allowed between the light and the ceiling. Semi flush ceiling lights are best for spaces where ceilings are higher than 8 feet and the gap between the light and ceiling allows the light bulbs to cast their glow on the ceiling, making for gentler light.

As previously mentioned, the height of the room is an important factor that determines if you should use a flush ceiling light. In certain areas such as bathrooms, it is better to go with this type of lighting as you can prevent moisture from condensing on the light fixture and causing damage or injury. Homes that have a porch with a low ceiling can also use flush ceiling lights to good effect.

Bathroom Ceiling Lights

Bathrooms today are no longer a neglected space from where people prefer to rush out. Given the luxurious and indulgent nature of bathrooms in the present age, most people want to have designer lighting, too.

Whether it is emphasizing the beauty of the cabinets in the bathroom, or focusing light on the mirror, lighting experts can work wonders with this part of your home. Some of them even provide track lighting options in which an electrical wire concealed within a track made of aluminum or plastic can hold multiple lights to accent certain areas of the bathroom.

If you desire such type of lighting, you must have the lighting provider inspect your bathroom to find out if it is possible to change over to this from your existing lighting system.

Bathroom ceiling lights need to be chosen with care because there are so many factors to consider. Everyone begins their day in the bathroom and whether it is shaving, bathing or applying makeup, you need to have sufficient illumination to step out looking and feeling your best.

Besides, it is not just the lights, the entire lighting design of the bathroom has to be well-thought out to ensure safety for everyone who uses it.

The most important aspect of bathroom lighting is visibility. You need light fittings that distribute the light in a balanced manner, without leaving any area dark. Besides, you also need to factor in additional lighting close to the mirror in the bathroom for the tasks such as shaving or dressing.

Safety is perhaps the most crucial factor to consider. Considering that you need to prevent moisture condensation on the light fixture, it is best to use flush ceiling lights in the bathroom.

Chandeliers

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Chandeliers are central decorative elements that usually branch out and have three to thirty fillings with metal and glass, crystal or ceramic decorations.

They have been in use since the middle Ages, and lighting in chandeliers is aided by the refraction of light through these decorations. The large lobbies in hotels, public buildings and galleries are invariably decorated with extravagant chandeliers. Some palaces still have candle-lit chandeliers.

Many of the older chandeliers were made of iron, but they could be very heavy, which was not a big problem as the houses were built with large center beams that could support the weight. The appearance of black iron can also be imitated with chemically weathered bronze or brass, although this does not appear to be the case.

An iron chandelier can look very modern, even with its roots in antiquity. Another option is a black glass crystal chandelier. It won't refract light like a regular crystal chandelier, but it can add a modern look to the room.

Pendant Lights

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Pendant Lights are perfect when houses are being renovated or under construction. Even whenever the look needs to be refreshed, it's worth starting with pendant lighting.

Pendants can be modern or traditional and can be used in any room, from the kitchen (they look great hanging over a big island bench) to the bedroom. There are many different types of pendant lights and they all contribute to the style of the house in their own way.

Pendant lights are a popular choice because they are inexpensive and less bulky compared to chandeliers. It is also great for illuminating workplaces like kitchens. They are attractive focal points, but they are also a functional light source. They save space over a floor or table lamp and provide more natural light over a larger area.

A pendant light is also called a drop or pendant. It is a singular light that hangs from the ceiling with a rope, chain, or metal rod.  More often than not, pendant lights are hung in a straight line over countertops, dining tables, or bathrooms.

LED Down lights

LED Down lights are a recessed lighting system that is used exclusively on the ceiling of a room. Down lights can be one large center light, or they can also be a group of miniature LED Down lights mounted in a specific order like curb lights or distributed ceiling lights; this provides uniform illumination and therefore the most desirable lighting design for ceilings in commercial buildings.

The even light distribution provided by down lights makes them a popular choice in modern homes.

Which type of lighting is best for your project? You’ll have to decide for yourself, most houses will combine a mixture of these types of ceiling lights depending on their position and required function.

For instance you may have downlights installed in your open plan kitchen/living room area, but have a couple of nice pendant lights hanging over the island bench. Hopefully we’ve given you a clearer idea of the types of lighting available for your next building or renovating project.

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