Lighting plays a significant role in the home. It is functional, yes, but its reach stretches far beyond this sole purpose. Artfully and tastefully lighting a space says a lot about the homeowner as well as the space itself. With so much time and effort spent on designing and furnishing a room just right, it’s a crime not to light the room in a way that shows off this time and effort and brings out the room’s best features. Ceiling light serves these many purposes, providing task lighting, mood lighting, ambient lighting and more.
When it comes to illuminating a room, ceiling lights are a favorite choice. These fixtures have the potential to cast the broadest light upon the room, fully lighting it up to ensure that activities performed below – be it reading, relaxing, entertaining, eating or cooking – can be done without strain to the eyes. The spectrum of ceiling lights is a wide, encompassing as it does everything from chandeliers and pendants to recessed ceiling lights and track lighting. Different ceiling lights will be appropriate in different rooms, but in many cases it will come down to personal preference.
In the kitchen, a diversity of ceiling lights can be a good thing. Recessed ceiling lights can provide both task and ambient light, making it easier to prepare and cook food as well as eat it. It’s become increasingly common to see track lighting used in the kitchen for this same purpose. Track lighting can look good over countertops and islands, especially, as the individual lights can be directed as seen fit.
Ceiling pendants and chandeliers are ceiling light options that make the lighting as much about the fixture as the light being thrown. Chandeliers, especially, are real eye-catchers, and can be often found in rooms with high ceilings and in dining rooms. Ceiling pendants are quite as grandiose, though they still hang prominently from the ceiling and call out for a little extra attention.
Recessed ceiling light plays an opposite role. When lighting needs to be “seen and not heard,” so to speak, recessed ceiling lights are a great option. Hidden safely up in the ceiling, these unobtrusive fixtures blend in with the ceiling until called upon for action.
Ceiling lights can also take on other shapes and appearances, too. Island lights are designed to be installed as their name implies – over the kitchen island. Flush mount ceiling lights are similar in ways to recessed ceiling lights, in that they stick closer to the ceiling and don’t hang down in a “look at me” fashion. Semi-flush ceiling lights walk that line between pendants and flush mount, hanging down off the ceiling just a little ways, but not too much.