How To Choose The Right Ceiling Light For The Room

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What are the different ceiling lighting styles? How to combine and balance ceiling lights?

It can be really hard to decide on a ceiling lighting fixture as so many designs are available to choose from. However, depending upon room size, the right light type, and individual style, choices of these ceiling lights can be narrowed down. Keep in mind that for different reasons, any form of light can be utilised in light layers.

Ambient Lighting

Chandeliers
Chandeliers have a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. By the 18th century, they gained prominence and became exquisite, sparkling lights. Chandeliers provide every place an elaborate touch and enhance your space. They’re opulent and affluent, characteristic that once belonged to magnificent palaces. There are many diverse chandelier designs and they can be as elegant or simple as you choose – from crystals and drums to sputnik and shaded – are available to fit every interior space.

Give the crowning glory to your living space and indulge in the pure luxury of the ultimate design statement.

Flush Mounts And Semi-Flush Mounts

Flush Mount: A light fixture that has a small to no gap between the fixture itself and the ceiling. The flush light comes in a wide range of shapes, the most common being the circular shape. These are usually utilised in restrooms and halls with often little space as it seamlessly blends with the decor and offers a simple aesthetic. Use them in rooms with low ceilings (less than 2.5m) and with little susceptibility to movement.

Flush mounts sit against the ceiling and offer a simple aesthetic.

Semi-flush mounts feature a small drop rod that extends from the ceiling and is ideal for adding a decorative touch to a room. These are often used in places when the ceiling is too low as a substitute for chandeliers (again, less than 2.5m). This optimises the room space and gives the impression of the ceiling appears higher.

Task Lighting

The typical purpose of the Pendant light is to add task lighting to any room. Since they are smaller than chandeliers, pendants are generally purchased in multiple quantities and used in areas with a specific purpose, such as over the kitchen counter for preparing food or over the dining table. They are most commonly used over kitchen islands but can be hung in hallways, over dining tables, or over your kitchen sink. If you want a pendant light for ambient light instead of a task, choose one with an upward-facing shade or with a transparent shade.

Accent Lighting

Track Lighting

Track lighting is a wonderful method to brighten up your space or to emphasize a certain element, like a coat or art piece in your home.

Standard: The most practical and frequent form of track is a standard or linear track. Standard tracks are available in several lengths with sufficient room for numerous lights – so that the lamps may be moved around to your satisfaction. This is the easiest track kind to install as well.

Fixed: fixed paths are like standard tracks since they are a straightforward linear system. But the bulbs cannot be relocated in contrast to normal rails. They are ideal on an island or dining table because the bulbs don’t have to move to match the room.

Swing arm: These paths provide you with more layouts than a conventional path. The ends of the swing arm path can be pushed to match your room configuration.

Monorail: Monorails are popular as they can be bent to form circular shapes, excellent for islands or tables which are strangely shaped.

Find out the right size ceiling light

To determine the width and height of the light fixture that fits your space.

Step 1 – Measure The Room

The initial step is to understand your space for selecting a perfect light fixture. Measure your room Length x Width x Height. Note that the design and visual weight also impact the size that needs to select.

A visually heavy light fixture can be a little bit smaller while visually light fixture can be little wider.

Step 2 – Determine Light Width

Measure the LENGTH + WIDTH of the room in (feet). The sum of the calculation will determine the width of the fixture (Inch).

Room Length (ft) + Room Width (ft) = Light Fixture Width (Inches)

Example:
If a room is measured 12ft + 18ft, the total amount is 30ft. Change the total ft into inches and your light fixture should be 30inch wide.

Here are few more quick guidelines to help:

If the room is smaller as 10′ x 10′ – the fixture should be 20″ Wide.
If the room is around 12′ x 12′ – the fixture should be 24″ Wide.
If the room is around 14′ x 14′ – the fixture should be 28″ Wide.

Step 2 – Determine Light Height

We propose that light is 3inch tall between the floor and the ceiling for every foot of area. This can be determined by multiplying the height of the ceiling (feet) by 3.

For instance, if the ceiling height is 10ft, multiply it by 3 – that gives a total of 30inch therefore the chandelier height should be 30inch tall.

However, if you plan to install a chandelier or pendant light over the dining table, measure the width of the table and subtract 12 inches from the total width of the table to determine how wide your pendant or chandelier should be

How Low Should A Ceiling Light Hang?

With varying ceiling heights, we have plenty of calculations for measuring lighting sizes. But when looking for ceiling decorations, you only need to note one number and that number is SEVEN. The bottom of it should not hang lower than seven feet (or 84 inches) off the floor while people are walking under a ceiling light.

Measure the height of your ceiling, deduct 84 inches, and that’s your new light fixture’s optimum height.

What are the different types of shades?

Choosing the best ceiling lights for your home

In the middle of each room, the majority of new homes are pre-wired for a ceiling light fixture. What are the best styles of ceiling lights?

Glass dome lamps, with designers and DIY renovators sticking them everywhere, have become a plague. There’s no need to use a traditional dome light for all of the exclusive and innovative ceiling light designs available today. The range of available designs and finishes is incredible.

Our guide will assist you in finding the perfect ceiling light to complement your decor, from low-key farmhouse designs to sparkling modern glam.

How bright do ceiling lights have to be?

When it comes to the brightness of the light, the term Lumen is used but what exactly are Lumen in the light bulbs and light fixtures. Lumen measures how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens it’s brighter; fewer lumen means its dimmer light.

Dimmer switches are an intelligent addition that converts ceiling fixtures into subtle accent lighting instantly.

Calculate the lumen for your room.

By using a lighting norm called lumens, choose a ceiling fixture that’s bright enough for your room. Lighting requirement varies depending on the type of room being lit.

To determine the needed lumens, measure the square footage of your room first (simply multiply the length by width). Then multiply the total area by the recommended lumen as shown in the table below for the specific area.

For example: A living of 10ft x12ft = 120ft , which requires 20 lumen, we will 2400lm

RoomLumen Requirement
Living Room20
Kitchen General30-40
Dining Room30-40
Bedroom10-20
Hallway5-10
Bathroom70-80

They require 30-40 lumens per square foot for dining rooms and kitchens.
There is a need for 20 lumens per square foot in living spaces, bedrooms, and hallways.


Use the square footage of your room to multiply the lumens needed. You’ll like 2,400 lumens of light for a 10 ft. x 12 ft. apartment. There are various brightness ranges for light bulbs, so search the label to decide the lumens.

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