Ceiling Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important design elements in a home

Ceiling Lighting -  Buying Guide

A variety of ceiling light styles are available and they are often part of lighting collections with coordinating wall sconces and lamps.

Tip: Diagram your rooms and create a lighting plan for each, including ambient, task and accent lighting.

Types

Chandeliers

When shopping for a chandelier, consider:

  • The recommended height for hanging a chandelier above a dining room table is 30” for the lowest part of the chandelier.
  • The recommended diameter for a dining room chandelier is ½ the width of the table.
  • For other rooms, add the length and width of the room then convert that number into inches for the right size chandelier.


Flushmount Fixtures

Hang flat against the ceiling.

  • Ideal for low ceilings.
  • Some house fluorescent bulbs to provide light to a large space, while saving money and energy.


Semi-Flush Mount Lights

Falls between a flush mount fixture and a chandelier in style and hangs approximately 4” to 8” from the ceiling.


Fluorescent Lights

Available in styles to complement every room in your home, while providing more light for less money than traditional incandescent bulbs and fixtures.


Pendant Lights

Hangs from the ceiling like a chandelier but has a single light source.

  • Inverted Pendants directs light up and provides ambient light.
  • Downlights directs lights down and are typically used for task lighting or illuminating a workspace.


Island Lights

Similar to pendants and are used for kitchen islands. May have two or three light sources shining downward.


Recessed Lighting

Also called can or pot lighting.

  • Mounted in the ceiling
  • Provides inconspicuous ambient or task lighting


Track Lighting

Curvy works of art light fixtures designed to complement any décor. Used as task or accent lighting.  

Fixture Type Lighting Décor Category Room Types
Chandelier

Chandelier

Ambient light

Flushmount

Flushmount

Ambient light

Semi-flushmount

Semi-flushmount

Ambient light

Pendant

Pendant

Inverted-ambient light
Downlight-task light

Island lighting

Island lighting

Task light

Kitchen

Recessed lighting

Recessed lighting

Track lighting

Track lighting

Accessories

  • Dimmers. Adjusts a light’s brightness level. Saves energy and extends the life of your bulb.
  • Ceiling Fans and Light Kits. Used to maintain a comfortable room temperature while providing light.
  • Light Bulbs. Different ceiling fixtures require different types of bulbs.