What do I need to consider when buying ceiling lights?
When purchasing ceiling lights there are three main things that you should consider; the dimensions, functionality and decor of the room.
Pendant lighting is perfect for square rooms and rooms with high ceilings, and looks just as fantastic as kitchen lighting as it does living room lighting. Track lighting works well in long and narrow rooms as the light is distributed nice and evenly. For rooms with low ceilings recessed lighting, flush lighting and downlighting are all excellent options, whereas a chandelier would add elegance and warmth to a room with high ceilings.
Each room of the house has a different function and therefore will require different ceiling lighting. The bedroom lighting and living room lighting should be softer than the bathroom and kitchen lighting, but it ultimately comes down to your preference and how well lit you like these rooms to be. Kitchen lighting should be bright for safety reasons, and therefore spotlighting and downlighting are great options for illuminating countertops. There are also safety concerns to think about when choosing your bathroom lights (as low hanging lights can be dangerous), and thus recessed lights and flush lights are a practical choice.
Consider the decor of the room before making a purchase to make sure that you find ceiling lights that complement your space.
What are the different types of ceiling lights?
The types of ceiling lights to explore and consider are plentiful, here are a few:
Pendant LightingPendant lights hang from the ceiling and their height can usually be altered by adjusting the flex. Tip: Hang three pendant lights low over the kitchen counter for a stylish, functional and dramatic effect.
ChandeliersTraditionally chandeliers were made up of crystals and were hung in grand hallways and dining rooms. However, nowadays you can find stunning decorative pieces to suit every room and style.
Track LightingWhen light fixtures are attached to a continuous rail this is called track lighting. Track lighting is a versatile, modern and energy-efficient lighting solution.
Recessed LightingRecessed lighting is a light fixture that is set into the ceiling which allows the light to shine in a downward direction. When installed correctly recessed lighting can trick the eye by making spaces appear larger.
Spotlights and DownlightsSpotlights and downlights can hang from a central ceiling mount, from a wall sconce or from a track or rail on the ceiling. They provide direct and clear light and can be adjusted to point in a number of directions – useful!
Flush Ceiling LightsFlush ceiling lighting lies flat against the ceiling and comes in various styles. These lights are a great solution for providing ambient light in rooms with low ceilings.
No matter whether you’re searching for living room lighting, kitchen lighting, bathroom lights or bedroom lights, Houzz will be sure to have ceiling lighting that you’ve been searching for.