Ceiling Lighitng Ideas & Advice
Searching for the perfect way to boost a room’s overall look and feel? We recommend starting at the top. The right ceiling light can pull a room together with the perfect combination of function and style.
To help you decide which ceiling light fixture is right for you, explore our guide that answers the following:
- Types of ceiling lights
- How to choose ceiling lights
- What is the best lighting for vaulted ceilings?
- Which LED light is best for false ceilings?
- How to choose the right bulbs for your ceiling lights
- FAQs about ceiling light fixtures
Types of Ceiling Lights
Ceiling lights have the unique ability to pull together any room with ample warmth and incredible style. From modern chandeliers to mini pendants, we offer a variety of ceiling lighting designs to suit any space.
Bold chandeliers and oversized pendant lights are well-suited for spacious areas with tall ceilings, while mini pendants and petite chandeliers are best for smaller rooms instead. Energy-efficient pendant lighting and LEDs are particularly ideal for illuminating the most frequently used areas of your home while using less power overall.
If your home has a sloped ceiling, you’ll want to look for slope-adaptable lights that are made to accommodate angled ceilings. Kitchen island lighting and track lighting are excellent choices for kitchen workspaces, while recessed, flush, and semi-flush lights are a sleek option for fans of minimalist décor.
You’ll also want to consider whether a room is best served by direct or indirect light. Many ceiling light fixtures (kitchen ceiling lights, for example) provide direct or downward-facing light, whereas some styles (like inverted bowl pendants) provide indirect light that shines on the ceiling or surrounding walls.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to use direct light in areas of your home that are task-oriented, like think reading nooks and kitchen islands. Indirect lighting, on the other hand, illuminates the entire space with a soft, ambient glow that’s more atmospheric in nature.
How to Choose Ceiling Lights
Once you’ve decided between direct and indirect lighting, it’s time to find the best ceiling light to meet your needs. If you prefer ambient light that fills the entire room, look for chandeliers and pendants with upturned lights for a swath of illumination.
If a room requires more direct overhead light, you may prefer a ceiling fixture with down-turned bulbs instead. Keep in mind that most rooms aren’t illuminated with a single light source and instead rely on layered lighting schemes. You can always complement living room ceiling lights with accent lighting like table lamps, torchieres, and wall sconces as needed.
You’ll also want to consider your personal style when choosing overhead lighting. Fans of vintage design may prefer an opulent crystal chandelier, while contemporary minimalists may gravitate toward sleek pendants and recessed lighting kits. Whatever your style, you’ll find a wide range of options from top brands.
Here are some general lighting recommendations:
- Living rooms: Ambient overhead lighting + accent lighting
- Kitchens: Ambient overhead lighting + task lighting over workspaces, countertops or sinks
- Bedrooms: Ambient overhead lighting + task lighting over nightstands & near dressing areas
- Bathrooms: Ambient overhead lighting + task lighting near vanities
What is the Best Lighting for Vaulted Ceilings?
Vaulted ceilings are a dramatic design feature that can make any room more striking. And what better way to show off the dramatic height than with a beautiful lighting fixture? The best lighting for vaulted ceilings is recessed lights, pendants, or chandeliers.
Recessed lighting, or can lights, are small, round lights that are installed in a hollow spot in the ceiling. These lights shine downward in a concentrated spot and are typically 4–6" in diameter. They’re the perfect light source without being too distracting and overwhelming. You may choose to install recessed lights across the whole ceiling or keep them around the wall border. We recommend installing these lights on the sloped parts of the vaulted ceiling to properly fill the room with light. We offer several LED recessed lights with adjustable light colors.
Pendant lights can make a big statement in your home. Start off by assessing the room where you want to install the light and the purpose it serves. For example, if you’re installing kitchen lighting, you may want to pick a fixture that provides enough light so you can see what you’re cooking. A linear pendant or lantern pendant are perfect options for kitchen lighting. If you’re installing a lighting fixture in your bedroom, you may be looking for something that will create a comforting, relaxing mood. A bowl pendant or dome pendant are great options.
Once you’ve accessed your space, you can filter your search by color, finish, and style. We offer different style options, including modern pendant lighting, rustic pendants, glass pendant lights, and gold lantern pendants. Browse our extensive collection.
Chandeliers can add glamour and old-world charm to your home. A sparking chandelier hung in the living or dining room is a symbol of wealth, beauty, and elegance. You’ll first want to narrow down your options by determining size, finish, and where you want to place it. Consider your home’s décor and how high your vaulted ceilings are. If your home is modern, you may want to opt for a geometric, rectangular, or sputnik chandelier. For a more traditional design, you may choose a chandelier with curved lines and ornate detailing.
Choosing a chandelier that fits the dimensions of the room will enhance the appeal of the space. As a guideline for the maximum width for a chandelier, add the length and width of your room in feet to find out the diameter of the chandelier in inches. Keep in mind that the bottom of the fixture should be at least seven feet or higher above the floor. We have a number of styles to choose from to fit any taste or budget.
Which LED Light is Best for False Ceilings?
False ceilings are made to fit below the original ceiling. They’re usually suspended by wood or metal frames to create the illusion of a lower ceiling. LED recessed lights are not only a perfect medium for false ceilings but also create accent lighting.
LED recessed lights are cost-efficient and can easily be installed behind a false ceiling. We recommend strategically placing them to highlight a part of a room. They offer subtle, functional lighting that blends seamlessly into your décor.
LED recessed lights are made up of three main components: housing, trim, and lamp. The housing refers to the physical component that is recessed, or hidden, into the ceiling. It houses the light source and all of the electrical components of the lighting fixture. The trim is a decorative molding that hides the opening of the light. Lastly, the lamp, or bulb, varies depending on the type of recessed light you have. LED lights are integrated into the trim so there’s no need for a light bulb.
Next, you’ll have to decide between adding an LED kit or built-in LED lighting. There are two types: Integrated LED and LED retrofit.
- Integrated LED: The LED bulbs in integrated LED lighting are built into the fixture. They connect directly with the main lines or tracks. We recommend hiring an electrician to install this kind of recessed lighting.
- LED retrofit: This type of light is used to add LED bulbs to your existing fixture. These kits convert your recessed lights to ones that are compatible with modern LED lights. They are easy to install and professional help is not required.
How to Choose the Right Bulbs for Your Ceiling Lights
When it comes to choosing the best light bulbs for different areas of your home, you’ll want to know your options.
First, there are three primary types of light bulbs:
- Incandescent Bulbs: Provide warm, welcoming light but are less energy-efficient than LEDs.
- CFLs (Compact Florescent Bulbs): Use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer; typically cooler in tone; contain mercury.
- LEDs: More expensive but last up to three times longer than other bulbs; energy-efficient; ideal for frequently used rooms.
Next, you’ll need to consider your desired brightness. For traditional bulbs, this is measured in watts. The brightness of LED bulbs, on the other hand, is measured in lumens.
WattsWatts reflect a light bulb’s power consumption, and they’re traditionally used when comparing incandescent light bulbs. Generally speaking, the higher the wattages, the brighter the bulb.
LumensLED lights use lumens rather than watts to measure a bulb’s overall brightness, with higher ratings representing more brightness. An average LED bulb is around 800 lumens, which equates to 60 watts. You’ll most likely want to use multiple lights in each room of your house to ensure optimal illumination.
Here are some general guidelines for the total recommended lumens to provide in each room:
- Living rooms: 1,500-3,000 lumens
- Bedrooms: 2,000-4,000 lumens
- Dining rooms: 3,000-6,000 lumens
- Home offices: 3,000-6,000 lumens
- Bathrooms: 4,000-8,000 lumens
- Kitchens: 5,000-10,000 lumens
KelvinsFinally, you’ll want to pay attention to a bulb’s Kelvin rating. Kelvins represent the color temperature of a bulb’s emitted light:
- 2700 Kelvin: Provides white light that’s soft and warm. Ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.
- 4100 Kelvin: Provides white light that’s bright and cool. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
- 5000-6000 Kelvin: Provides bright light that mimics daylight. Ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, reading areas, and basements.
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FAQs about Ceiling Light Fixtures
What is the best lighting for high ceilings?
Installing recessed lighting is one of the best ways to provide even and consistent ambient light in a home with high ceilings. One of the challenges associated with high ceilings is making sure there’s consistent lighting throughout the room. Placing only a few table lamps in a room with high ceilings would feel closed off and uninviting. High ceilings are meant to be complemented with the right lighting fixtures.
What is a ceiling fan light kit?
A ceiling fan light kit is a great way to both cool and light a room all at once. They consist of three components: fan blades, a light element, and a motor to control the fan blades. When buying one, consider the area in which it will be placed. For example, you’ll probably want brighter light for high traffic rooms like kitchens, dining rooms, and hallways. Meanwhile, living rooms or bedrooms may require less lighting. Ceiling fan light kits usually replace a pre-existing light fixture. This eliminates the need for any major rewiring.
What is the best lighting for a sloped ceiling?
Recessed lighting is one of the best options for a sloped ceiling. These fixtures are mounted in the ceiling and add to the aesthetic of the room. Make sure to choose a recessed lighting fixture designed for sloped ceilings so that the beam of the light shines straight down, not in your eyes. We have a wide selection of recessed lighting to choose from.