Want to illuminate your home’s furnishings, wallpaper, and overall good taste? Obviously the right lighting is a must, but many people get fairly nervous when presented with the vast array of choices in terms of size, design, style, etc.
Don’t worry – with homify, choosing the right ceiling light is relatively easy! And luckily you can always have a chat with a Lighting expert to ensure your home’s lights are effective in terms of illumination quality and visual aesthetics.
Is your room’s ceiling higher than 2.4 m? That means you have so many more options to choose from, like designs hanging down on chain suspensions.
If your ceilings are lower than 2.4 m, a semi-flush fitting may be the best solution. With no chain attached, these are usually suspended by a mount or different height rods are incorporated into the light fitting itself.
Consider a flush ceiling light fitting (a fixture that has little to no gap between the fixture itself and the ceiling) if your ceilings are below 2m, which is the case with a lot of houses.
But just because your ceiling light isn’t an eye-catching chandelier doesn’t mean your lights can’t still be the decorative focal point of the room. Remember that layered lighting is a must in any room of the home. Thus, opt for something more striking for one of the other fixtures, such as the wall sconces, table lamp, etc.
Consider the existing style of your home / room, as this should nudge you in the direction of the lights’ design. Is it modern or traditional? Contemporary or rustic?
We understand the importance of a lighting fixture grabbing attention, but choosing something that is very far removed from the surrounding style is not the way to go. Never choose a fixture simply because it’s flashy or trendy – these will be out of style faster than you realise.
Not sure what finish to choose for your lights? Look towards your door handles, light switches, curtain rail, etc. If these are modern, for example, lean towards this particular design style to ensure a look that flows easily.
But what if you’re decorating a completely blank room with no door handles or switches yet? Then you, once again, look at the style of your home / room to guide you.
There are various finishes to choose from, such as brass (which has recently made a comeback) and chrome – thus, should one of these complement your home’s existing style, then have at it!
The diameter of your ceiling light is vital, as that’ll help determine the amount of illumination the room will receive. The larger the diameter, the wider the fitting, as the bulbs are spread further apart and will ensure light reaches further into the room.
In general, the larger the room, the larger fitting you require as it holds more lamps than a smaller diameter alternative.
Sometimes it’s tricky visualising a fitting’s size simply by reading the measurements. What a lot of people do is use an old cardboard box to cut out the light’s diameter. They then hold this at the appropriate height the light would hang, helping them visualise the size of the ceiling light and the impact it would have on the room (i.e. is it too small for the ceiling’s size).
This method is also used with the fitting’s height to determine how far down it will reach into the room. A light’s height is given from top to bottom. Any fitting with a chain is measured in the same way, but the chain length is usually not included in the measurement – this must be added afterwards.
Different manufacturers use different chain lengths, so always double check the chain length before paying. If need be, you can always reduce the chain length by removing a few links.
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