Recessed ceiling lighting is popular in commercial buildings and homes with a modern flare. These lights are usually found in groups, such as three small lights in one hallway. In bathrooms, recessed lights eliminate some fear of water and electric shock.
The Feeling of the Ceiling - Ceiling Light Styles
While most homeowners prefer their home exhibit a unified appearance, switching up the décor for each room provides exciting variety and visual stimulation. Your personal ceiling light style choice depends entirely on aesthetic preference and in this case, the beauty is literally in the eye of the beholder. Many of the most popular styles are inspired by different design eras. We’ve listed some, but be sure to shop around before making any style decisions.
Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts style features simple, straight lines and natural materials, like copper, mica and wood. It emphasizes the importance of craftsmanship, mainly including designs that are handmade.
The Art Deco style is abstract and urban, emphasizing curves and contrast. Art Deco models usually feature synthetic materials like bakelite, but can be found in many light types, designs and materials.
The colonial style is known for its unparalleled simplicity and practicality. If your house or space features a minimalist style, the refinement of a colonial style ceiling light may be just the right enhancement.
Mission style pieces, like Arts and Crafts pieces, feature simple, clean lines. The formal, strong style is revealed in boxy shapes and warm colors. Some mission pieces feature a softer appearance, making use of round glass housings. This style is available in island lights, chandeliers and pendant lights.
This Little Light of Mine
Size is an extremely important factor in choosing a ceiling light fixture, because it will affect both function and appearance. The size of the room should influence your fixture choice. To determine the diameter of your perfect ceiling light, measure the room’s width in feet, double it and stick an “inches” at the end of that number. For example, if the width of your room is 10 feet, the diameter of your fixture should be 20 inches. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all light fixtures—it’s mostly a standard for choosing chandeliers.
The height dimension of a fixture is also important. For flush mounted fixtures this is not a concern, making them ideal for rooms with low ceilings. Other fixtures should hang at least seven feet above the floor for optimal light and an aesthetically pleasing appearance. When the light is to be hung above a table, it should be 30 inches higher than the tabletop.
Where Will You Let It Shine?
Consider the exact placement of your new ceiling light fixture. In a dining room, centered over the dining room table will provide the most even light. The same is true of a living room and its sitting area. Track lights have the potential for adjustment, but placement is still important. Think about whether the light will hit each point of the room you would like to illuminate when adjusted. If a hallway track light might point into a bedroom when accidentally adjusted incorrectly, it’s probably not the perfect place for the fixture.
Some light fixtures, especially chandeliers, cannot use standard bulbs. Consider purchasing extra specialty bulbs at the time of your initial purchase so replacing them will be a painless process later. Choose the wattage of your bulbs based on your electric box requirements and how bright you want the room to be.
Dimmer switches are a great solution to extra brightness. With a dimmer, you can use the controls (either a knob, switch or remote) to increase or decrease the intensity of the light. A dining room chandelier can be dimmed to set the mood for a romantic dinner, while a flush mount hallway light can be dimmed for overnight use.
Ceiling Light Costs
Some recessed lights are as cheap as $12. Other fixture types, especially semi-flush, can also be inexpensive, starting at $30. Most high quality fixtures range in price from $100 to $250, but almost any type can be purchased for less. More decorative pieces made with better materials or craftsmanship will cost more than $250. Chandeliers are generally the most expensive fixture type due to their ornate designs and complexity. Still, a $30 chandelier isn’t hard to come by. If you are interested in a large, crystal chandelier, you may spend over $5000.
The Bottom Line
Ceiling lighting can be suitable for any space, the bedroom, the bathroom, a commercial office—even the patio. To create the perfect moods and enhance visibility, choose your fixture carefully, considering placement, size, style and type before making any decisions.