Ceiling lights play an essential role in almost any room. Several layers of light are optimal in most spaces, and ceiling lights are an integral element of most lighting arrangements. Chandeliers, pendants, and flush mounts can add style and panache to your existing décor, while recessed and track lighting provide the general lighting needed for day to day living. Whether they’re being used for ambient lighting or decorative sparkle, ceiling lights offer versatility through both form and function.
- What's the purpose of this light?
When trying to choose what type of light fixture to purchase, this is the first question you should address. If you need general ambient lighting, consider doing a series of recessed fixtures. Are you trying to highlight specific items on a wall or countertop? Track lighting will give you the focal glow that you’re looking for. Is it a decorative element with a “Wow!” factor that you’re after? Check out our collection of chandeliers and pendants to add sparkle and interest to a room.
- How much light do I need?
The amount of light you need depends on the size of your space and the purpose of the fixture(s) you’re using. Start with the wattage. As a general rule, multiply the length of the room times the width, then multiply that number by 1.5 and you'll have the suggested wattage for that space. The suggested wattage can help you figure out how many lumens (the amount of light, or brightness, produced by a bulb) you need. Keep in mind that a 100 watt incandescent bulb is equivalent to about 1600 lumens, and a 40 watt incandescent bulb produces about 450 lumens.
- At what height should I hang this fixture?
Are you hanging lights over your dining room table or kitchen island? As a general rule of thumb, they should be hung approximately 30-36” above the table or island surface, assuming a standard 8’ ceiling. For ceilings over 8’ high, add an additional 3” to the chain or rod.