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Choose the Perfect Close to Ceiling Light Fixture
NOT to use Close | Flush vs. Semi
Flush Lighting | Size
Matters | What’s
| Insider Tips &
How to Choose the Perfect Close to
Ceiling Light Fixture, in less than 5 minutes –
Flush Mount or Semi-Flush Mount
are likely the most common lighting fixtures in your
home. They are versatile, don’t require much
space, and are available in a multitude of styles and
finishes. Close-to-ceiling lights are natural
choices for closets, hallways, and small rooms. Just
because you don’t have the space for a large, elaborate
light fixture, doesn’t mean you have to settle for plain,
boring lights. So how do you pick the perfect
ceiling light? Follow these easy steps:
When to use Close to
- For ceiling heights of 8’ or less where people
underneath the light, you don’t have much choice
other than a Flush Mount ceiling light
- If you need general illumination (sometimes called
“ambient light”) Flush or semi-flush are good choices to
brighten an entire room.
- Close-to ceiling lights are perfect for lighting
closets, bedrooms, hallways, entry ways and bathrooms
- Adventurous designers are picking semi-flush
for dining areas too. Just be sure you are getting
at least 300 watts of light and the styling is
distinctive. Never pick a functional or boring
light for a prime location.
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When NOT to use Close to the
- If you need to focus the light to highlight your
room’s artistic features, instead of ambient light,
designers recommend recessed lighting or even track
- If your ceiling isn't wired for a light fixture,
can hire an electrician, or instead choose a Table Lamp
or a Floor
- If you would like to also move air, consider
with lights, especially above your bed to make sleeping
more comfortable during the dog days of summer.
- Task lighting in the kitchen or above a bar is
normally left to pendants or recessed lights. Task
lighting in your home office best handled with a desk
- For a large room with higher ceilings, consider a
larger fixture like a chandelier which provides both
more light and a focal point to your room.
Flush vs. Semi Flush
Once you have decided a close to the ceiling light is the
right pick, you can save time if you can eliminate half
the options by knowing if you need a Flush Mount or
Semi-Flush. A flush mount naturally sits directly on
the ceiling, while a semi-flush hangs down several inches,
leaving airspace between the ceiling and the
fixture. Based on your ceiling height, you may
be limited in what fixture you can install:
- For low ceilings (below 8'), you will want to pick
flush mount light fixture. (If you will ALWAYS
have a table or counter below the light, you can choose
a semi-flush or even a chandelier)
- For ceiling heights of 9' to 10'), consider
semi flush mount light. Most hang less than a foot
from the ceiling.
- For over 10' ceilings, you should consider
- A flush light fixtures work best in hallways,
bedrooms, or bathrooms.
- A semi-flush light fixture adds a nice touch to a
kitchen nook or a smaller low-ceiling dining room.
The 2 factors to consider when sizing up your semi-flush
or flush ceiling light are the:
of the fixture
– To select the fixture size that will feel right in
your room, start with this rule of thumb. Add
together the width and length of the room in feet.
Then convert this sum to inches. This is the
approximate width of the ceiling light fixture you
need. Like all rules, this one doesn’t apply
to every situation, so don’t get too hung up on hitting
an exact number.
provided. Recall Ceiling lights provide
ambient light. To find proper ambient
lighting for a room, multiply the room dimensions to get
your total square footage (12’ x 14’ = 168’). Then
multiply the square footage by 1.5 for total watts
of illumination needed (168’ x 1.5 = 252 watts
Tip – If you think you need more light than a
normal fixture provides, consider a light that accepts CFL
bulbs. These efficient blubs work well with Flush
mount lights and can boost light output up to 4
times. (For example, a fixture with 2 40 watt
incandescent bulbs gives 80 watts of light. But if
you switch to 2 x 40 watt CFL bulbs, you get the
equivalent light of a 300 watts, increasing your output by
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What’s Your Style?
Hang in there, we are almost done. One
decision remains. What STYLE best fits your
personality? The old options of traditional or
contemporary or Transitional (whatever that means) just
don’t fit anymore. So we have sorted our ceiling
lighting into 11 distinct categories. Explore the
ones that are pinterest-worthy.
With so many options available to you finding the perfect
semi-flush or flush ceiling light to fit in with your
current interior décor is within your reach.
ALL Ceiling Lighting Products
Matchy Match or Blended?
- If your room has additional light fixtures, you should always
consider buying lights from the same collection.
Yes, look at them, but please don’t feel locked in to
only these options. Designers today are not
constrained by only choosing “Matchy-Matchy”
options. Blending is in. Think outside the
box a bit and try to blend different looks
together. If you need a second opinion, just call
or chat with one of our lighting pros. We love to
help creative thinking customers!
Insider Tips &
and Xenon ceiling
fixtures push the style envelope
and create lights that will stun your guests.
- Energy Star close mount lights can significantly
your utility bill and boost your light output.
- Fabric shades are back. Check out the new
Choosing the right semi-flush or flush ceiling light
should be determined by your own personal taste and style.
Trust your gut and first impression. You know what
you like and what makes you feel good.
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the Right Light Bulb in your Flush Mount
low wattage bulbs are used in flush mount lights or Semi
Flush mount lighting because
otherwise the fixture could over heat, given the closed nature
mount lights. Be careful not to exceed the maximum wattage
shown on the
label. Helpful Tip: If you need more light than the maximum
allows, consider using a high lumen CFL bulb. A 27 watt CFL
the same light output as a 100 watt incandescent.
Incase, flush mount lighting is used outdoors, a fixture every
feet will provide safe light for walking.
Maintenance of your Flush Mount Fixture
maintaining and installing bulbs in flush mount lighting are an
process. It usually requires one to:
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