Ceiling lighting comes in three main varieties: recessed, flush and hanging. People tend to forget about this lighting workhorse. What ceiling lights do for us is amazing, when you stop and think about it. They give good, strong general lighting to kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. Ceiling lighting is an important, and often overlooked, element in your interior lighting design.

When it comes time to replace an out-dated or broken lighting fixture (because that is the only time most people ever consider changing a light fixture), think about what you want in its place. Do you want recessed lights? There are some great reasons to choose recessed lighting. I have them in my kitchen and they work great for me. I picked that style for this main reason: my ceiling is a little lower than the average house ceiling and I felt that hanging lights would look cluttered.

Flush-mounted fixtures are a great choice, too. In the kitchen especially, this often means fluorescent light fixtures. You get big, bright light that evenly covers the area. Designers often use a long bank of fluorescents for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. They are equally useful in basements and garages.

A subset of flush-mounted lights is the semi-flush light. This describes light fixtures that have a small gap between the ceiling and the fixture. If you are looking for smaller, warmer lighting fixtures, the semi-flush would be a good choice. They tend to be more decorative than fluorescent lights without overwhelming an area. We have several in our house. The style we chose has a smoked glass cap. What we lose in actual lighting is gained back in atmosphere and design appeal.

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The last style is hanging lights. It encompassed swag lamps and chandeliers, so you can see that there is a lot of room within this family of ceiling light fixtures! Hanging lights are very popular in the dining area. They offer good overall lighting and a nice focal point for the eye. Hanging lights are so pleasing, I think, because they dazzle us like candlelight. For the dining area, make sure that your light matches the decor. If you have a simple dining table and it has a traditional crystal chandelier over it, well that is going to look horrible! The reverse is true, too. If you have a deer antler chandelier over a Queen Anne table, it will look bizarre.

As in all things house-related, you need to go with what makes your heart sing. If a particular style of ceiling light speaks to you, then get that style. You have to live with these fixtures day in and day out, so you should be happy to see them.

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