Ceiling Lighting Buying Guide

Versatile and beautiful, ceiling lighting can serve as a dramatic focal point or a more subtle accent to the overall decor.

Types of Ceiling Lighting

Types of Ceiling Lighting

While nearly every type of ceiling light fixture offers overhead lighting, different types of ceiling lighting provide varied effects. Before deciding on flush-mount fixtures, dropped fixtures, chandeliers, recessed cans, pendants, ceiling fans with lights, or track lighting, think carefully about your ceiling lighting goals. Some fixtures, such as recessed cans, diffuse light and seamlessly blend into the ceiling. Other fixtures, including pendants and chandeliers, often direct the eye to a showstopping feature.

Flush-Mount Fixtures

Flush-mount fixtures closely hug the ceiling for a typically understated silhouette. Some flush-mount ceiling fixtures display mostly glass, while others show an accent material such as wood or metal.

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Minka Lavery
$89.90

Minka's Merrimack Collection of lighting features thick, bold lines and hammered glass. Cast aluminum construction is finished wit...h a Corona Bronze finish. The curves in the design and the hammered glass soften the look for a comfortable, welcoming... read more

Maxim Lighting
$1298.00

The Maxim Lighting Starfire Flush Mount nearly has the same beauty of stalactites from a mystical cave. Mounted on a Polished Chro...me base, the sculpted metal formations extrude from the ceiling with their delicate beveled crystal beads while the high power Xenon bulbs produce an alluring white light diffused by the crystals. Maxim Lighting, headquartered in California, offers high-quality lighting fixtures in a variety of designs, finishes, and glass styles that complement contemporary and transitional interiors. read more

Giclee Gallery
$149.99

This stylish semi-flushmount ceiling light is an excellent choice in overhead lighting. The decorative, custom made-to-order gicle...e shade features an exclusive Beachcomb pattern based on original Shibori-style dyed fabric. The stem is composed of... read more

Giclee Gallery
$149.99

This stylish semi-flushmount ceiling light is an excellent choice in overhead lighting. The decorative, custom made-to-order gicle...e shade features an exclusive Amaze pattern. The stem is composed of stacked crystal balls which are complemented by a... read more

Dropped Fixtures

Dropped ceiling fixtures resemble flush-mount fixtures, with one important distinction: A short stem extends the shade and the light source away from the ceiling.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers protrude into the upper spaces of a room. They hang down off longer stems or center points and typically possess large central elements, including tiers of lights or crystals.

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Recessed Cans

Recessed can ceiling fixtures fit into spaces cut into the ceiling; a casing and baffle surround the light source. Recessed cans vary in size; they frequently appear at regular intervals around a room’s ceiling.

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Westinghouse
$19.99

Offers a quick and easy home upgrade to current recessed lighting Works with most existing recessed cans that use medium base ligh...t bulbs Perfect for kitchens, family rooms or anywhere you already have recessed lighting Installs quickly and easily with... read more

Progress Lighting
$388.80 $233.28

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in remodel or new construction applications Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Alico
$252.00 $168.00

Dart 2 Inch ADA Compliant Recessed Steplight with Driver Features: Comes complete with housing for new construction and LED driver... Crafted from aluminum Indoor use only Dimensions: Height: 7.5" Width: 2" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Electrical Specifications: Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Base: Integrated LED Wattage: 3 LED: Yes Color Temperature: 3200K read more

Progress Lighting
$259.20 $155.52

The Pro-Optic LED series of recessed lighting is among the most affordable and customizable in the industry. Housings and trims ar...e available in 4", 6" and 8" diameters, for new construction or remodel applications. Trims are available with three different color temperatures and lumen outputs to maximize brightness and visual effect. All trims are 90+ CRI for excellent optical clarity and conform to the new California Title 24 building standards. Features: Durable steel and aluminum material For use in new construction Non-IC rated Rated for installation in wet locations cCSAus certified See the specification sheet for a full list of compatible trims, mounting dimensions, and special installation scenarios Specifications: Voltage: 120 Height: 7.56" Width: 6" read more

Pendants

Pendants typically hang from long stem much like chandeliers. But while most chandeliers have multiple tiers, pendants possess only one light source, which is often covered by a shade. Pendants range in size from very small to large.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$45.48 $37.33

Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Indoor Ceiling Light:Traditional design that's perfect over tables and countertopsRich finish add...s a handsome touch to any decorSimple installationEasy-install connector clips included read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$31.21 $24.97

Add a traditional and elegant touch of decor to your windows with the Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Knob Drapery Rod Set. The c...lassic design offers both style and functionality. It is suited for most window types and is easy to install and adjust. This decorative rod set comes complete with all the necessary parts, including a telescoping rod, finials, adjustable brackets, mounting hardware and installation instructions. You can upgrade the appearance of your window with this set. Use several throughout the house for a complete and tied-together look. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$33.71 $26.97

Add a traditional and elegant touch of decor to your windows with the Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Knob Drapery Rod Set. The c...lassic design offers both style and functionality. It is suited for most window types and is easy to install and adjust. This decorative rod set comes complete with all the necessary parts, including a telescoping rod, finials, adjustable brackets, mounting hardware and installation instructions. You can upgrade the appearance of your window with this set. Use several throughout the house for a complete and tied-together look. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$29.97

Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Indoor Ceiling Light:Traditional design that's perfect over tables and countertopsSatin nickel ce...iling light with a rich finish adds a handsome touch to any decorSimple installationEasy-install connector clips includedGood choice for kitchens read more

Ceiling Fans with Lights

Ceiling fans are a two-in-one ceiling fixture, offering both air movement and overhead light. The air moving capabilities of ceiling fans can be used in both hot and cold weather.

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Track Lighting

Track lighting comprises a number of mini lights, typically for spot or accent lighting, that run along a straight or curved track.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$60.34

Better Homes and Gardens Chrome Track Tree Floor Lamp:Adjustable lamp heads direct light in multiple directionsContemporary chrome... color modernizes this classic indoor track floor lampOn/Off rotary switch easily turns floor lamp on/offPolished Chrome finish adds a sleek styleFreestanding, stable metal lamp is 10.5 lbsItem Dimensions: 18.5"L x 10"W x 64"H90-day warranty read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$49.97 $44.97

Better Homes and Gardens Black Track Tree Lamp, CFL Bulbs Included:Contemporary designAdjustable lamp heads allow you to direct li...ght wherever you chooseVersatile black finishTree lamp with 3-piece steel ball shadesOn/off rotary switchDimensions of this Better Homes and Gardens lamp: 18.5"L x 10"W x 64"H (46.99 cm x 25.4 cm x 162.56 cm)90-day warranty read more

WAC Lighting
$830.90 $593.50

This track head is compatible with Flexrail1 system Features: 45 degree vertical tilt Made of aluminum Phillips LED Dims to 10% wi...th electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer Lamping Technology: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Average Hours: 100000 Bulb Included: Yes Bulb Type: LED Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85 Color Temperature: 2700K Depth: 7.375" Dimmable: Yes Height: 3.125" LED: Yes Lumens: 2085 Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Material: Aluminum Number of Bulbs: 1 Track Accessory Type: Track Heads Track System: Flexrail1 UL Rating: Dry Location Voltage: 120v Voltage Type: Low Voltage Wattage: 42 Watts Per Bulb: 42 Compliance: Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States of America. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards. UL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratories. This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. read more

ProTrack
$49.98 $39.95

Featuring a track-style head, this adjustable light fixture can direct light wherever you choose. A satin nickel finish and froste...d glass diffuser offer a clean aesthetic and warm, even illumination. The single light LED is much more energy efficient... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

While vastly different in design and impact, the variations of ceiling lighting require some of the same purchase considerations. Factors such as size, controls, lampshade color and material, and style should be reviewed along with room specifics such as size and decor. Careful consideration enables you to take advantage of technological advances as well as style choices when it comes to outfitting your rooms with ceiling lighting.

Lampshade Color and Material

Every ceiling fixture bears a shade of some type. Shades for a typical flush-mount fixture may be a simple opaque glass covering, while a chandelier includes many types and sizes of crystals.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$13.97 $7.11

The Better Homes and Gardens Soft Pleated Lamp Shade will brighten and enhance your room with elegance that is one of a kind. It h...as a hard back that is a suitable choice for most regular-sized table or floor lamps, providing you with versatility. The white lamp shade is a neutral color that will easily match the decor in any room. With this shade in your home, you will be able to illuminate any room with a soft and long-lasting glow. This decorative lamp shade will give you a durable style that will last. Let this shade bring your home the accent you have been looking for. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.97

Better Homes and Gardens Table Lamp Shade:Textured silver fabric hard-back drum shadeUno filterDoes not need harp and finialDimens...ions: 13"L x 11"W x 9"H (33 cm x 28 cm x 23 cm) read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.71 $10.65

Better Homes and Gardens Scallop Lamp Shade, Off White:Off white scallop bottom with Chinese braid trimSoft-back bell shadeDimensi...ons: 7"L x 15"W x 11.5"H (17.78 cm x 38.1 cm x 29.21 cm)Harp requiredMaterial: Fabric and MetalModel# BH020-002-36-19Enhance the look of the lighting in your home with this off white lamp shade read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$10.21 $7.39

This Better Homes and Gardens Honey Gold Lamp Shade will add an elegant touch to any room in your home. This item is designed for ...use with lamps that utilize a harp to hold the device in place. The decorative lamp shade features shimmery honey gold fabric over a sturdy styrene backing for good looks and durability. read more

Size

Consider the scale of your room to determine the size of your ceiling fixture. A too-small chandelier will be dwarfed by a very large living room, while an overly dramatic pendant will appear out of place in a small bath.

Controls and Dimmers

Since most ceiling lighting is not reachable by hand, consider the ease of use of accompanying controls and dimmers. Some ceiling lighting comes equipped with a remote or a multilevel switch. Controls and dimmers also help to reduce energy use.

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Smith-Victor
$21.95

Variable wattage dimmer adjusts from zero wattage to full power(500 watt). For use only with incandescent lamps. Simply plug your ...light into the dimmer and plug the dimmer in an AC outlet. Slide switch to increase or decrease light output. read more

Kichler
$55.50 $33.99

At the flick of a switch, the Kichler 337010 4-Speed Fan and Light Dimmer Control gives you total control over your ceiling fan. T...his convenient wall control lets you adjust 4 fan speeds and even dims the lights. Comes in your choice of available... read more

Stem Length

If your ceiling lighting is suspended from a stem, check to see if the length can be adjusted. You want to place the fixture at the right distance from the ceiling based on your room’s height.

Style

Ceiling lighting should coordinate with a room’s accents, colors, fabrics, patterns, and other decor. Assess materials in the ceiling fixture, such as metal color and crystals, to inspire other choices in furniture and fixtures.

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