What are the best ceiling lights? This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the lighting business. One of the reasons that it is asked so much is that it is not very easy to answer. There are many factors involved in finding the perfect ceiling light.
There are, however, things that we can help you take into consideration to help you answer this question. In this article, we will briefly go over some of the main determining factors that can lead you to the best ceiling light for your room.
- Factor One: The Room Size
This is important for two reasons. The obvious is aesthetic. It would look just as bad to have a tiny ceiling light in a huge room as it would to have a massive light in a tiny one. Room size also affects the next factor.
- Factor Two: The Purpose And Style Of The Room
You would need a different type of light in a home office than you would in an entertaining room or your kitchen. In an office, for example, you would need lighting that reduces eye strain. A light that would allow for reading paper documents, as well as for the proper contrast when looking at your computer screen. Kitchen lighting should similarly be thought out to allow an appropriate preparation of your meals; it should always be stronger than the lighting in your dining room.
- Factor Three: The Ceiling Height
The height of the ceiling is one of the most critical factors. For example, it would not be wise to put a small dome light on a cathedral ceiling. Neither would it look good to put a low hanging chandelier in a basement. To avoid having guests hit their heads on your light, it is a good idea to make sure that it does not hang within six and a half feet from the floor.
- Factor Four: The Brightness Of The Ceiling Light
The most common way to measure the strength of lighting is through lumens. As a general rule, an average room should have about 20 lumens per square foot. You should choose a light with approximately 30 lumens per square foot for your dining room, allowing your guests to see their food adequately but not to examine it too thoroughly. On the other hand, at least 40 lumens per square foot is suggested for home and office.
Desired lighting strength may also depend on the time of the day and other factors. Therefore, we recommend putting dimmers on the light to be able to adjust them when you desire lower lighting.
- Factor Five: Personal Tastes
This factor, of course, is very important. It seems obvious, however, in the quest for the perfect ceiling light, it is easy to get sidetracked by technical issues. So make sure that the light feels right to you and don’t sacrifice your style.
As you have seen in our brief consideration, finding the best ceiling light depends on many factors. Choosing the right ceiling lights is a rather simple thing if you follow our listed tips.