Ceiling Lights

Ceiling Lights for the Home Buyer's Guide

With such a wide variety of styles to choose from, ceiling lighting can be a challenge. Selecting the right fixture involves considering the effects of layers of light and lighting design elements that can be a little more complicated than simply choosing a favorite look. Narrowing down the differences between ceiling lights ensures you’ll find the right fixture for your space.


How to Choose the Right Ceiling Light

To create a comfortable room, the lighting should spread around the area to reach the corners and most often used places. Because each part of a room will be used differently, there are no one-size-fits-all lighting fixtures. An effective lighting solution for a room may require multiple light sources to fully take advantage of the space. 

One way this is achieved is by creating a lighting plan that relies on different layers of light. 

Each layer provides a specific type of light to minimize or manipulate brightness and shadow, adding easier visibility and depth. 

What Are Ceiling Lights?

There are ceiling-mounted light fixtures of every shape, finish, and size. While installed overhead, recessed lights, pendants, and chandeliers each stand out in style, and their unique heights and characteristic features earn them their own categories. You can read more about pendant lights and chandeliers in our other buying guides.

Ceiling lights specifically refer to flush and semi-flush ceiling fixtures. 

Also called close to ceiling lights or overh