A ceiling light will do far more than simply provide light in a room. It can add drama, aid relaxation or provide a useful light source when undertaking tasks.
Here are my top 3 things to consider when choosing a ceiling light fitting for your room.
1) ceiling light height & drop
There should be at least 2.2 metres between the floor & bottom of the ceiling light fitting to avoid head bumps! When choosing, be aware of the lights total length and whether it can be adjusted.
2) what you want from your ceiling light?
Consider if your ceiling light is a purely decorative statement feature, e.g, a ‘wow!’ in an entrance hallway, or is it practical task lighting, eg, pendant lighting over a dining table or desk?
Generally, I allow for 25 watts of light in total for every square meter. I tend to use a combination of different light fittings to achieve this, eg, a mixture of ceiling, floor and table lamps. This also has the advantage of providing layers of mood light for added ambiance.
I find John Lewis great for its variety of different floor, table and pendant light fittings and styles.
Also, it is always a good idea to have some dimming control on the ceiling light fitting, so the light level can be adjusted to suit.
3) the proportion of your pendant to the rest of the room
Obvious I know, but when choosing a ceiling light, select the right size for your room! Too big will dominate and too small will look lost. Are there any doors which open onto the space which could obstruct a pendant light? Also, some low ceilings may not be suitable for a pendant at all and you may wish to consider a flush light fitting instead.
In an open plan space, I often use specific lighting to zone different areas of the room (eg, low pendant lights over dining area). When adding light to large open plan spaces, it’s important to consider sight lines & views elsewhere in the room.
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