Ceiling Lights

Written by Dina Kayed
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The ceiling is the largest surface in your home after the walls and floors, yet most of the time it's the most neglected surface. If decorated well, it can add texture, comfort and warmth to your living space. You could use molding with color to define your ceilings. You could try raised panels or wood tones to add style, but this is not a cheap option. Ceiling lights, on the other hand, are a far less expensive decorating option, but come in countless styles, colors and sizes from which you can create the look and style you're after.

Choosing Ceiling Lights

Room function and room size are primary considerations when choosing light fixtures. Just because you like a particular fixture doesn't mean it's going to be a good choice for every room in your home. The lamp, ceiling light finish and shade should all complement your decor and meet your lighting needs in order to give the best result. The size of the room will generally determine the size of the ceiling light. A huge ceiling light may look odd dangling from a small surface, and conversely, small ceiling lights won't look the greatest hanging from a large surface.

There are so many kinds of ceiling fixtures. In addition to size you can choose long or short ones. Different types of light are used for different functions. For your bathroom and kitchen you would probably choose something very bright, as these are functional spaces where you need to be able to see what you're doing. In the living room or any other room in your house, you may want to create a softer effect. As a secondary consideration you might choose contemporary lighting or the charm of more traditional fixtures.

It is possible to add ceiling lights to your home when you redecorate without tearing out your whole ceiling if you know the basics of connecting wires and installing electrical boxes. If you also know how to channel wires below the surface of your ceiling, you can conceal them. This is not difficult and there are many "do it yourself" books that will show you how. You will need to plan ahead to get the lights in the right spot. Start with deciding what you want to accomplish with the lights, and then do some measuring. There are a few more things you would need to think about, such as locating a circuit to provide power and calculating box sizes.

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