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Your Complete Guide to Shopping for Ceiling Light Fixtures

While most homes contain a variety of different light fixtures, ceiling lights are usually the primary source of illumination. This is because they give off the most light and they tend to be positioned directly in the centre of the room. They are our ‘big lights’ – the ones that we turn on when we’re getting dressed in the morning and turn off when we’re trying to relax in the evening. So, your choice of ceiling fixture is important.

The right product can elevate and transform a room. It has the power to inspire and enhance, in equal measure. But, where is the best place to start? How do you pick a ceiling light fixture that is perfect for your home? For instance, just the collection of Dar ceiling lights alone - available from Abbeygate Lighting - is extensive. With so much variety, knowing what to look for is important.

This comprehensive guide to the best options will help you find a ceiling light that is durable, stylish, and attractive.

Island/Billiard

This type of ceiling light is usually long and thin. It might hold a single long bulb or two or more, side by side. It is called a ‘billiards’ fixture, because it resembles the large, low hanging fixtures that are often seen over pool and snooker tables. Check out this beautiful Academy 3 Light Pendant for a good example of this style.

Chandelier

The technical definition of a chandelier is a fixture that has a minimum of two outstretched arms or branches. Usually, these products have many branches, with lots of individual ‘stems’ of illumination. This is what makes them so wonderfully pretty. They are a popular choice in dining tables, because they provide a lot of light without being too clinical or basic.

Flush Mount

The flush mount fixture is attached directly to the ceiling, rather than there being any space left between the main point of contact and the roof. In other words, there is no stem or ‘stalk,’ as there would be for a low hanging light. There are several advantages to this. If you live in a home with low ceilings, for example, flush mounts are a good way to increase comfort and safety for the occupants.

Pendant

Alternatively, pendant fixtures usually hang fairly low. They are only really suitable for homes with tall ceilings, although their height can be adjusted by making changes to the stem or cord (in some cases). As far as Dar ceiling lights go, this Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant makes a real style statement, due to its bright red colour and oversized shade. It would suit anybody with a penchant for interior design fun and flair.

Semi Flush

Semi-flush fixtures are pretty much the same as flush varieties, with the only difference being that they have a small amount of distance from the ceiling. They hang just a little lower into the room, so the light is directed downwards. They make great task lighting, because they are practical, affordable, and contemporary. Most homes contain at least one semi-flush fixture.

Wall Sconce

The wall sconce isn’t technically a type of ceiling light at all, because it affixes to the wall and not the roof. However, lots of homeowners hear the word ‘sconce’ and aren’t sure quite what it refers to. Rather than referring to a typical, open cased wall light, a sconce is an enclosed (or partially enclosed) fixture. Traditionally, it was used to hold candles, which is why the signature ‘surround’ is still standard.

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