Tips for Choosing a Ceiling Light
In order to choose the perfect light source for your ceiling lights, you need a little information.
LED ceiling lighting is energy efficient and emits very little UV radiation. LEDs in general are a gentler light source that will not damage or fade your belongings as much as other light sources. If energy efficiency is a priority for you, LED recessed lighting or LED track lights might be great options for your ceiling lights.
Some people have historically avoided fluorescent ceiling lights because they have believed that an attractive fluorescent fixture simply could not be found! But now fluorescent fixtures are available in a number of different styles and colors that will match any room in your home or office.
Fluorescent ceiling lights also offer economical advantages. Fluorescent ceiling fixtures typically consume less electricity than other lights that produce the same number of lumens. Obviously, less electricity consumed means a lower total electric bill.
For years and years the incandescent light bulb has staked its territory in the flush mount ceiling light, and it doesn't seem to want to budge. While an incandescent light bulb does give off that familiar, age-old, warm light, they do consume a lot of energy for the amount of light that is produced. Perhaps the biggest perceived benefit to incandescent light, in addition to its warm color temperature, is its dimmability.
Residential vs. Commercial
When it comes to ceiling lights, your intended use will determine the kind of lights you want. In commercial settings, for example, you see a lot of industrial track lighting, recessed lighting, and spotlighting. In galleries, studios, and retail stores, you see a lot of halogen lamps because halogen makes colors look great (a very high color rendering index).
In residential settings, you see track lighting and recessed spot lighting, sure, but you also see a lot of recessed cans, flush and semi flush mount ceiling lights, and hanging lights, like chandeliers. Commercial spaces are often larger, so you will see larger lamps, while recessed lights with diameters as small as 2 inches are more quite common in household spaces. The form and function of your space always determines the kind of ceiling lights you want.
Types of Ceiling Lights
Flush Mount and Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Lights
Flush mount ceiling fixtures are lights that are mounted flush to the ceiling. Round flush mount lights - in traditional incandescent or fluorescent varieties - are the standard issued flush mount ceiling light. Semi flush mount light fixtures are popular as well. Semi flush mount lamps generally extend a few inches down from the ceiling on a rigid arm and are sometimes a little more decorative in nature.
Recessed lighting is the ruler of the kingdom of ceiling lights. OK, maybe that's overstating it, but recessed ceiling lights are one of the most versatile sources of light for both residential and commercial spaces. A recessed ceiling light, or "can light," is composed of three parts: a housing, a trim, and a light bulb, and can lights are available in halogen, traditional incandescent, fluorescent, and LED.
Track lighting is a great type of ceiling light fixture. You might be surprised by the way track lighting has evolved over the years, going from a mostly-utilitarian type of ceiling light to a star player in modern lighting design. Track lighting is also a versatile source of light, great for spotlighting and hanging pendants.
Some people neglect to think about cove lighting when they think about ceiling lighting. Maybe that's because we tend to conceptualize ceiling lights as just that - LIGHTS. Recessed cans and flush mount fixtures are singular entities, like islands. Cove lighting is different. Cove lighting runs in lines. The light source is hidden. Cove lighting is a little bit enigmatic in that way. It creates the softest ambient lighting, appearing to be just a glow, like there is just some light hanging out in a little nook you can't see. Cove lighting adds an element of mystery and wonder to any space. It creates a smart, modern, and relaxed mood, which is why you'll see it everywhere from spas to corporate offices.
Fiber Optic Ceiling Lights
Looking for a really cool ceiling lighting option? Fiber optic ceiling lighting is literally spectacular. It creates a spectacle on the ceiling. Is there a more awesome gift to give a kid? When fiber optic ceiling lights are the only light source at night, the little girl or guy will have something that looks pristine and, yes, magical. While other neat things fade and grow dusty and have to be put away, a star lit ceiling stays clear and wondrous. Who knows? From a kid's perspective, bedtime might become a little more appealing when fiber optic ceiling lights are involved.