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The importance of light, within a home, should never be underestimated. It has a direct impact on the functionality and aesthetic of our interior spaces. This is particularly true when it comes to the kitchen, which is the heart of the house for many families. It is an environment that plays host to a lot of warmth and good times, so it should look as special as it feels.

Great lighting is a big part of this because it is an effective way to create mood. Whatever the vibe you want to feel in your kitchen – be it a rustic, country house look or a more minimalistic atmosphere – you can make it happen with the right ceiling lights. These fixtures come in all kinds of different shapes, colours, designs, and sizes, so choose yours carefully.

These handy hints and tips will give you some advice on how to pick the perfect ceiling lights for your kitchen.

The Pendant

According to the experts at Mantra Lighting Online, this is one of the most popular options for kitchens. The pendant (sometimes called a drop or suspender) is a single bulb fixture that hangs down from the ceiling. It is usually suspended by a cord or chain of some kind.

It is ideal for this environment because it provides a lot of clear, bright task lighting. Depending on the shape and size of the shade, this light can be either spread broadly outwards or limited to a specific spot on the table or countertop.

Best for Couture Kitchens: Lupin 4 Light Pendant from Mantra Lighting Online.

The Billiard

The Billiard or ‘Island’ ceiling fixture has a long rectangular structure, with multiple bulbs. It looks, as you might have guessed, just like the fittings you see hung above billiard tables. It is designed to be super functional and provide lots of clear light, while also adding a healthy dose of style and sophistication to the room.

They are a good choice for kitchens because they enhance the shape and angles that are already there. For instance, you could install a beautiful billiard light directly above a kitchen island or long countertop. You’ll get plenty of illumination and the aesthetic of the furniture will match the strong, chic lines of the light fixture.

Best for Minimalistic Kitchens: New Harbour Chandelier Ceiling Light from the Elstead Lighting Collection

The Chandelier

The Chandelier is a light fixture that most people are familiar with, even if they have never had one in their home. The truth is that lots of people shy away from shopping for chandeliers because they assume that these products are always very expensive. While the design is often associated with high end, antique décor, there are chandeliers to suit all budgets.

They also come in a huge variety of designs. Gone are the days when all chandeliers had to be ornate and delicate. Now, there are some very modern and sleek designs on the market. Chandeliers are well suited to the kitchen because they add grandeur to a space that is already rather dramatic and lively.

Best for Glamorous Kitchens: Bellini 3 Light Chandelier from the Elstead Lighting Collection

The Semi Flush

A semi-flush light fixture is one that is very close to touching the ceiling but not quite. It is suspended ever so slightly below the surface. This is what makes it different to a flush fixture. They are quite traditional and embody what most people think of when they imagine a simple or basic ceiling light.

Yet, this simplicity is their strength, because they are very effective at lighting up smaller kitchens, without over flooding the space with illumination. If you want to use semi flush products to light up larger kitchens, make sure that the shade you pick is broad and allows the illumination to spill out over the sides.

Best for Traditional Kitchens: Rosa Del Desierto Antique Light from Mantra Lighting Online.

For more inspiration and advice on shopping for the perfect ceiling light, click here to visit Abbeygate Lighting. Here, you can browse a broad selection of light fixtures and fittings from the Limehouse Lamp Company and other collections.