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The 10 Different Types of Ceiling Lights Available on the Market Today

Are you constantly looking for the perfect lighting solution, but find that lamps aren’t doing the trick?

Consider a ceiling light instead.

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The 10 Different Types of Ceiling Lights Available on the Market Today

Whether you’re looking for something purely functional, a show-stopping lighting piece, or something in between, there’s sure to be a solution that’s perfect for you.

We’ll take a look at ten types of ceiling lights to help get you started on your search.


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  1. Pendant

Pendant lights are both functional and aesthetic. They offer great lighting while being a decorative element for the room.

Consider using pendant lights in rooms with high ceilings where you need lighting for individual task areas. This includes breakfast nooks, work tables, and reading corners.

Pendants are available in a variety of styles and sizes and can be used as a single fixture, or in a line of multiple lights.

  1. Inverted Pendant

Because of its ability to create a subdued atmosphere, the inverted pendant light is a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms.

Inverted pendants do a spectacular job of creating ambient lighting. And with some of the light being directed to the ceiling, it helps create the illusion of a larger room.

When looking for this type of lighting, you may find that some retailers refer to them as term bowl pendants. You’re not limited to a bowl shape though. There are many other styles.

If you have a room with crown molding in the center, the effect of the inverted pendant light will draw attention to this design element and make it really stand out.

  1. LED Indirect

This type of lighting adds a touch of modern to any design. Rather than mounting a light fixture on your ceiling, strips of LED lighting are installed around the perimeter.

Using LED indirect lighting will also save you money. They’re not only energy-efficient, but they’re very affordable when you purchase them by the foot and install them yourself.

Because your ceiling will reflect light from the LED strips, this type of lighting can make a small room look larger. In addition, choosing light-changing LEDs gives you the opportunity to change the color of the lighting.

  1. Track Lighting

Track lighting is just like it sounds. Light heads are positioned on a long track system where they can be individually moved and angled to direct light to needed areas.

This kind of lighting was popular in the 1970s, but it’s been updated since that time to reflect more contemporary design elements. There’s a wide variety of choices when it comes to track lighting.

For example, the track system itself can be affixed right to the ceiling. Or it can be hung on different connectors. In addition, there are both monorail and two-circuit track systems.

Then there’s the wide choice of fixtures and the bulbs are usually easy to change. All of these features make track lighting a very practical solution to your lighting needs.

  1. Rail Lighting

Rail lighting is essentially track lighting, except that you’re able to adjust the shape and position of the rail. This means you’re not limited to situating the lights in a straight line.

If your interior design has more curves and organic elements, rail lighting will allow for task lighting while accenting your design.

Some fixtures allow you to move the position of each individual light fixture.

  1. Island Lighting

Island lighting is similar to track lighting, but it’s specifically designed for kitchen islands.

Light fixtures typically hang lower than they would on more standard track lighting. There are also more options for the tracks, including circular and square.

Of course, island lighting isn’t limited to just your kitchen island. It’s the ideal solution for workshops or even over a large desk.

  1. Chandelier

When it comes to fancy ceiling lights, you can’t miss with a chandelier.

While many people hear the word “chandelier” and immediately think of a large crystal laden light fixture, there are many different styles and designs for chandeliers.

While chandeliers are a popular option for dining rooms, they’re really ideal if you need to fill in a large empty space in any room.

You will need to consider how low you want the chandelier to hang so that it doesn’t completely dominate your space.

Whatever design you choose, this type of light fixture will become the central point of focus of the room. So choose carefully.

  1. Flush

Unlike chandeliers and pendants, flush lights take up almost no space. Flush lights have a compact design and give a sleek and clean appearance to the room.

They’re ideal for rooms with low ceilings – particularly those 8 feet or less. And since they are mounted right up against the ceiling, they’re perfect for kid’s rooms where you may not want a hanging fixture.

Flush lighting is also a good solution for your lighting needs in the bathroom, closets or hallways.

  1. Semi-Flush

If you’re looking for something that has a little flair but doesn’t hang down from the ceiling, consider semi-flush lights.

Hanging 4 to 5 inches below the ceiling, semi-flush lights are a combination of pendants and flush lamps. They take up less vertical space compared to pendants but aren’t completely flush with the ceiling.

Semi-flush lighting is not meant to be a primary source of light and is a great solution for kitchens and small dining areas where there is already an additional light source.

  1. Recessed

On the purely functional side of lighting, recessed lights are embedded in the ceiling and completely hidden.

Much like semi-flush lighting, recessed lighting isn’t meant to be a primary light source.

It’s perfect for illuminating specific spots, such as artwork or architectural design features.

And the light from a recessed lamp bulb can be softened by covering the lamp with a glass panel to diffuse it.

Which Types of Ceiling Lights Are Right for You?

Now that you have some understanding of the different types of ceiling lights, you can head to the store armed with that knowledge.

You’re sure to find the perfect solution.

And for more great tips and advice on home design – both inside and out – keep checking back with our blog!


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