The term ceiling lights can apply to any light fixture which fixes to the ceiling, whether it is recessed, ceiling mounted or suspended (a pendant). There are types to suit all settings and styles of decor.
Recessed lights are usually spotlights. They are popular in spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms, where multiple light fittings might be needed. Instead of having a cluttered ceiling, recessed spotlights give a streamlined finish. Recessed lights can also be known as ‘flush mount’ as the installed light is flush with the ceiling surface.
Ceiling mounted lights such as oyster lights are useful if ceilings are low or if the placement of existing wiring means that a suspended pendant would be knocked. Installation of ceiling mounted lights is simple and there are a wide range of designs available. Oyster lights will often have a round shade in glass or acrylic, but there are many options available, from simple, modern designs to more decorative and elaborate. Some ceiling mount lights also feature a fan.
Spotlight fixtures can also be mounted to the ceiling, either individually or sometimes on a bar or on rails. These can often be adjusted to direct light towards walls, as well as downwards. Spotlights mounted to a track are a good option for hallways where a longer straight run of lighting might be needed.
Suspended lights are commonly known as pendants and these offer perhaps the widest choice, with a vast variety on offer. Pendants should be positioned carefully, considering the layout of the room. If ceilings don’t allow pendants to be suspended above head height, they can be placed so they are hanging over furniture.
Designs range hugely, catering to every taste and budget. Simple glass shades are elegant options for bedrooms, living spaces or dining rooms. At the other extreme, chandeliers or crystal fittings provide a dramatic centrepiece. Whether your style is industrial or rustic, quirky or retro, there are options to suit your home. Some of the most common colours for light fixtures are black, gold, chrome and brass, but plenty more are available.
Suspended and flush mount lights often use E27 or GU10 bulbs. Many people now prefer to use LEDs rather than halogens. LEDs offer better quality of light, a wider range of options, and are extremely energy efficient. They also have a much longer lifespan, so any maintenance or replacement is minimal. Dimmable fittings and bulbs will allow the ambience to be adjusted as required.