Often times when people are redecorating their homes, they focus on painting the walls or finding new furniture. But one area that is often overlooked is the ceiling – which I like to think of as the fifth wall. There’s so much potential in such a large and underused space!
The most common use for ceiling lights is to provide general illumination in a room. They can be used to light up the entire room or to focus on a specific area. Ceiling lights can also be used to create a mood or atmosphere in a room. For example, dimmer ceiling lights can be used to create a more intimate setting.
Ceiling lights are also often used in combination with other types of lighting to provide different levels of lighting in a room. For example, track lighting or recessed lighting can be used to provide task lighting, while ceiling lights can provide general illumination.
In the past, I have always discussed how to create ambient light in order to make a space more inviting. This indirect lighting eliminates the harsh shadows cast by directional fixtures, and it makes people look their best. However, ceilings can be much more than just reflective surfaces; they can be a creative canvas for adding another layer of visual interest.
What Type of Ceiling Light Gives the Most Light?
The most important factor to consider when choosing ceiling lights is the amount of light they will provide. This is measured in lumens, and you’ll want to choose ceiling lights that give off at least 800 lumens for a typical room.
If you’re looking for ceiling lights for a kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want ones that give off even more light.
Some ceiling lights are more energy-efficient than others. If you’re looking for ceiling lights that will help save on your energy bill, look for ones that are labeled as ENERGY STAR® qualified.
These ceiling lights use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Patterns are effectively projected with clear light bulbs. Clarity and sharpness are what you want in a pattern, so it’s best to find lamps that use incandescent or LED bulbs.
If you’re going for a vintage look, plenty of manufacturers now offer filament LEDs that will save energy and last much longer than traditional light bulbs.
There are also light-projecting fixtures that may be switched on in different directions. When the ceiling is too low for a beautiful pendant or chandelier, you might utilize this type of fixture.
A projector-type fixture works by projecting light through a template (also known as a gobo or cookie) with a pattern carved into it using a convex lens.
There are several patterns from which to choose, so the light on the ceiling may shift in a never-ending manner. Alternatively, if you’re like me and don’t want to choose just one pattern, I recommend picking one and sticking with it for years. These fixtures were originally created for theatrical displays but subsequently scaled down for residential usage.