Ceiling Light Fixtures

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Ceiling light fixtures are mounted directly to the ceiling and are the most common source of ambient light in most rooms. In new construction, wiring provides for a ceiling fixture, even if one is not installed. This gives homeowners the option to put in a fixture or ceiling fan/light later, if desired. This speaks to the popularity and practicality of these fixtures, which have been the standard fixtures in homes for many years.

Ceiling Light Fixtures Are a Practical Solution

As long as the fixture is large enough for the space, ceiling fixtures do an excellent job of providing overall illumination. Styles vary tremendously, but in general these fixtures throw light into the room through a glass shade that filters the intensity of the light coming from the bulbs. Basic bowl shaped glass fixtures come in many variations, and sometimes the bulbs are exposed as in candelabra styles.

The type of ceiling light fixtures chosen will depend on the decor and size of the room. The rule of thumb for most ceiling fixtures is to space them twelve to fifteen feet apart, so that the room is neither too bright nor too dim. Choosing fixtures that are proportionate to the size of the room avoids any feeling of disproportion that occurs when a too large or small fixture is installed. Of course, the fixture should also complement the look of the room.

When combined with other types of lighting such as task and accent lights, ceiling light fixtures will provide enough general ambient light for the occupants to comfortably engage in their activities. This is the goal of all lighting, and ceiling fixtures can do this with style. They accept all kinds of bulbs, including halogen and fluorescent for those who want a whiter light, and energy-efficient models are available.


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