Ceiling lights are indoor lighting fixtures that are attached to the ceiling. It is absolutely critical to get these right, as they can make or break the illumination, style and mood of your home.
Tips on ceiling lights:
Over lighting is easy to do and must be avoided, otherwise your rooms can be harsh and uncomfortable - especially at night. Beware of reflected glare, which is light that bounces off of other bright objects into your eyes.
You can make a room look larger than it is by bouncing light into the ceilings - which gives the illusion that the ceilings are raised. In addition, washing all the four walls of a room with soft light also makes the room appear larger.
Big rooms can be made more intimate by concentrating a few soft lights on some objects or areas.
Narrow rooms should have ceiling lights next to the short walls.
In narrow hallways choose ceiling lights that project light up and down the walls, on both sides of a hallway.
Living rooms should have ceiling lights that are soft and diffuse.
In kitchens and bathrooms avoid shadows and dark areas. These rooms need lots of lighting.
If your budget is constrained, consider limiting dimmers to the living room and bedroom - you will not regret it!
Types of ceiling lights:
Downlights: these are recessed into the ceiling and illuminate downwards in a very tight, narrow beam directly out of the ceiling.
Batten Fixes: these are DIY (do it yourself) light fittings that are connected onto pre-existing fittings. They are a great choice for handymen looking to replace just the fitting, without a complete installation.
Oyster Lights and Flush Mounts: these attach directly to the ceiling and do not have any gaps between them and the ceiling. They are perfect for homes with low ceilings.
Pendant Lights: these hang down from the ceiling by a chain or a metal rod.
Chandeliers: these are a type of pendant which are ornate, and have multiple branches for several light bulbs or candles.
Ceiling Spotlights: these are attached to the ceiling (or near the ceiling) and shine a cone of light downwards. They are different to downlights because they are not recessed into the ceiling.
Fluorescent lights: these are energy efficient, rectangular lights that provide bright, diffuse light for offices, shops, warehouses and basements.
Commercial lights: these are long lasting lights that are industrial strength.
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