Ever since the caveman decided to hold a lit tree branch above his head, people have known that overhead lighting is the most effective source of ambient/general illumination. In nearly every home, ceiling light fixtures are a staple; they have evolved over the years to suit a wide variety of room lighting purposes. Here, we’ve listed the most common types of ceiling light fixtures, and their best uses.
Chandeliers. Defined as hanging lights with swirl ceiling light many extending “arms,” chandeliers are a classic ceiling light fixture choice. Once reserved for the formal dining room, chandeliers are making their way into all corners of the home, from kids’ rooms to master bathrooms!
- Pendants. Unlike chandeliers, pendants typically consist of a single light source (a fabric or glass covering over the bulb(s). They are more contemporary and less formal than chandeliers, and gaining popularity in the foyer, dining room, and countless other areas throughout the home.
- Flush Mounts: These ceiling light fixtures install flush to the ceiling, making them an ideal option for rooms with low ceilings, or tight areas with doors that would bump into a lower hanging light. Besides being among the simplest to install (especially if the space is already wired), they’re among the most versatile lights. They aren’t ideal for larger spaces, however; be sure to find one with plenty of wattage and supplement with sconces or lamps.
- Semi-Flush Mounts: Extending below the ceiling, semi-flush lights provide a more widespread illumination than flush mounts because light is able to escape through the bottom and the top of the globe. They tend to be a little pricier than the former, but are often available in elegant designs that rival the formality of a chandelier (and make quite a statement). Consider using semi-flush lights for spaces that are too small for a fancy chandelier, but still require that special decorative touch (like hallways or small home entryways).
- Track Lighting. One of the most practical ceiling light fixtures, track lighting is technically a type of semi-flush with multiple, adjustable heads. Track lighting is an ideal choice for large spaces like the kitchen or living room (especially modern surroundings), letting you position the light to shine where you need it the most.