Nothing beats a ceiling fan on a warm summer night. The refreshing breeze is often enough to leave off the air conditioning. Not every ceiling fan has an attached light kit, but you’ll usually want one in the bedroom. Generally, designs with multiple “candles” or cups look best in dining or living rooms – in the bedroom, choose a fixture with bowl-covered bulbs.
Where to Install: Kitchen, bathroom, den, mancave, home theater, hobby room, workshop.
This is a great choice if your bedroom’s ceiling is 10 feet or more.Keep the size of your light fixture in scale to your bedroom’s size. In a large room, choose a large fixture. If your bedroom is small, look for an equally small, simple fixture.
A dimmer/remote control is a nice feature.
For a time in the late 1990s, pendant lights were the hottest thing, the ultimate in urbanity. Now that their influence has spread, it’s their functionality that has remained. Pendant lights are a wonderful way to bring light closer to your work surface.
In terms of ubiquity, pendant lights are the new recessed lights (can you say “Starbucks”?).
You need high…MORE ceilings for a chandelier.Hanging a chandelier in the bedroom is a balancing act. While you don’t want an excessively large chandelier in the bedroom, generally, the lower you hang the fixture, the larger it should be.
Still, for a small bedroom, keep the chandelier to no more than 20 inches in diameter. In a larger bedroom, limit the chandelier to no more than 30 inches across.Chandeliers vary widely in the intensity and amount of light they provide.
In the bedroom, you’ll want one that casts diffuse, moderate light.Don’t hang a chandelier directly over the head of your bed – keep it towards the center of the room and the lower third of your bed.
If your bedroom has a sitting area, use a chandelier to define the space.
Spotlighting. As mentioned, pendants allow you to focus light on a particular area.
Unsightly Tracks. The tracks are large and difficult to disguise.
Fixture Shown Here: Portfolio Satin Nickel Flush Mount from Lowe’s
With so many choices available, there’s no reason to have an ugly or boring bedside lamp, or make do with a dull lampshade. Jazz it up with a colorful or patterned lampshade and a lamp that makes a bit of a.
..MORE statement.For the most comfortable bedtime reading, pick a lamp that is a couple of inches taller than your nightstand. This will keep the light out of your eyes, but close enough for comfortable reading.
You should be able to reach the lamp’s switch without an uncomfortable – or unsafe – stretch.For the best appearance, pick a lamp that is properly scaled to your nightstand’s size.Three-way bulbs make it easy to brighten up your bedside lamp for reading, or tone it down when it’s time for romance.
Fixture Shown Here: The LBL Lighting Straight Rail Monorail System Kit from LightingDirect.com.
Cheap. You can pick up a flush or semi-flush ceiling light for as little as $5-10, if you really want one that cheap. And that’s why many builders install them unless otherwise specified.Dependable. Unlike recessed, track, or cable lights, these are uncomplicated devices, the true workhorse of ceiling lighting.
Recessed lights–also called canister or can lights–came of age in the 1970s and 1980s. It seems that every house built in the Eighties had recessed lights. Of course, their ubiquity meant that they would soon become roundly disliked.
Difficult to Move. You would need to access the light from the attic, patch the existing hole, cut a new hole, and re-install.Fire Danger. Certain types of recessed lights can be covered in insulation in the attic.
Even so, some residential codes do not allow installation of recessed lights in such areas due to inherent fire hazards.
Adjustable. Like the track light, you can slide the lights along the rail or cable to any spot.
Another very popular bedroom lighting choice, the semi-flush-mount fixture is similar to the flush-mount, but drops down a few inches on a short rod. Often, there is a decorative medallion around the fixture’s base on the ceiling. You’ll probably find the widest range of styles and designs in this lighting category, but many are more suited to other rooms of the home. Although clear glass, open-bottomed and highly shiny fixtures are lovely choices for the foyer or living room, they are too…MORE bright for the bedroom.
Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling on a chain or on a long rod. This very trendy and versatile type of light fixture makes a big splash in your bedroom’s décor, and is especially popular in contemporary bedrooms.
At 25″ wide this sculptural beauty has a big presence. Reminiscent of the sun’s rays, it’s sure to draw admiring eyes upwards in any room where it’s installed.
Ah, the familiar flush and semi-flush ceiling lights! They are found in literally every home. Builders will install these as “default” lights unless otherwise requested (electrical code requires every room to have lighting, so this is a way of taking care of that requirement).
The quatrefoil shape of this fixture is perfect for New Traditional rooms. It is timeless and elegant yet has a bit of contemporary flair. This is a truly transitional piece that can work in a variety of different rooms.
Fixture Shown Here: allen + roth 18-Light Bronze Chandelier from Lowe’s.
From sleek contemporary to rustic country, there is a style of wall sconce for every decorating theme. Sconces are an excellent choice for the bedroom, and are typically installed on each side of the bed.
Use wall sconces in place of a bedside lamp to save room on a small nightstand, or keep the room looking uncluttered.Sconces with adjustable swing arms make it a breeze to position the light right where you need it for reading in bed.
Install your sconces near enough to reach easily from the…MORE bed. This generally means they should be four to six inches out to the side of the headboard, and approximately two feet above the mattress, but the exact position depends on the style of sconce and your personal preference.
Sconces with small shades or covers protect your eyes from glare, and are best when used next to the bed.
Fixture Shown Here: The Maxim MX 92320 from LightingDirect.com.
If the bed is not shared, save on space by using a floor lamp in place of the extra nightstand.Use a floor lamp to…MORE illuminate your reading nook or bedroom seating area.Floor lamps with adjustable heads make it easy to direct light where you want it.
If you are using a floor lamp as your bedside light, look for a lamp that curves to focus the light downwards. If you are using the lamp for additional room light, choose one with an upwards-facing bulb.
When most people think of chandeliers, they think of fancy fixtures dripping with sparkling glass.
Although ceiling fixtures can be expensive, you don’t have to pay a fortune for a nice flush mount version. Cheap and cheerful versions like this one are readily available at big box stores.
Like our friend the recessed light, track lights had their heyday in the Seventies. Track lights freed up tables, floors, and other surfaces from merely being places to put a lamp. More importantly, track lights were adjustable…
Fixture Shown Here: From The Home Depot, this is just the baffle (trim) part of a 6″ Halo recessed light (I have selected this image because it is indicative of the way it will look when installed).
Very Noticeable. Yes, the rails and cables are part of the look. But in many cases, they draw too much attention–away from other room elements.
Generally, you’ll want your lights spaced 3 feet to 5 feet apart in an average-sized…MORE bedroom. Four to eight lights are usually enough for bedroom use.Lights should be positioned around the perimeter of the room.
In a very large room, you’ll probably need an additional row. A dimmer is a must for recessed lighting in the bedroom.Use recessed lights to define a separate reading or sitting area.Recessed lights are the best choice for a walk-in or large closet.
For those who want their lights to blend in a bit and not have a huge decorative impact, this type of ceiling light is great. It’s simple, but the double drum shade still has style.
At 4.5″ high this fixture sticks close to the ceiling, taking up very little space, yet the visual impact is huge. Definitely traditional, this light is great for those with classic tastes.
Your options have expanded beyond the chandelier lights of old. Lights can be mounted within the ceiling or hung far down as pendants.
When it comes to sleep-time, the darker the better, but what about the other hours spent in your bedroom? Readying for bed, dressing in the morning, reading, relaxing, romance… the bedroom is a busy place even during waking hours. Those activities take a well-lit bedroom – one with several light sources layered from ceiling to bedside.
Adjustable. Yes, in theory, you can endlessly move track lights along the track. Will you, in practice, do this? That’s the question. You might do this in a room with a lot of activity, such as a workshop or hobby room.
If this is to your taste, that’s fine. But as long as the fixture both hangs and displays multiple bulbs, it’s a chandelier–so, any style is possible.
This is the best choice for low ceilings of 9 feet or less.To prevent unpleasant glare while lying in bed, choose a fixture that has a covered bottom. Otherwise, you’ll be looking up at a bright bulb.
Frosted or marbled fixtures are best for the bedroom, as clear fixtures are a bit too bright for the space.A remote control means you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light.
They can run on thin cables or easy-to-install tracks. Let’s look at your basic ceiling light fixture options, except for a couple of the least popular (fluorescent and spot lights):
Adjustable Height. Chandelier fixtures usually can be adjusted up or down to better accommodate the table below.
A newer version of the track light. Rail or cable lights pull their power from a continuous, charged metal rail or thin cable (your choice). Unlike the track light’s track, which was meant to be camouflaged, rails and cables are meant to be seen: they are part of the style. Where to Install: Kitchen, bathroom, den, mancave, home theater.
Quality of Light. These lights cast an overall-room brightness, without giving you enough light to concentrate on specific tasks. While a flush or semi-flush mount will not provide all of your kitchen ceiling lighting, it’s a good base-level light to start with.
It’s the rare bedroom that doesn’t benefit from a floor lamp. As the name suggests, these lamps sit on the floor, and are typically three to six feet tall. The styles of floor lamp are nearly endless, so you can match any decorating theme. If your bedroom doesn’t have ceiling fixtures, you’ll want at least one floor lamp in a small bedroom, two or more in a large room.
Clean Lines. If you have a modern house, recessed lights are probably the way to go–they minimize obstructions and let you concentrate on other aspects of the home.
If you’re looking for a little elegance and luxury but don’t have the space for a traditional chandelier, the Paris Flea Market fixture is the perfect answer. The combination of gilt and crystal is “granny chic” without being dated or tired.
Probably the most common source of overhead bedroom light, flush-mount fixtures sit directly against the ceiling, and are typically a light bulb covered…MORE with a decorative glass or plastic bowl-shaped cover. In a small-to-medium size bedroom, this may well be all the overhead lighting you need. Look for fixtures that complement your bedroom’s decorating style. Many flush-mount fixtures are very simple, but there are choices with a bit more flair. Metal or painted trim, molded glass and unusual shapes are all options.
Every bedroom needs a bedside light of some kind. Most often, that light is a table lamp, although floor lamps, wall sconces and pendant lights are other options. Your bedside lamp needs to be practical, but that doesn’t mean it can’t add a powerful punch of décor to your bedroom.
Costly. By virtue of the amount of materials used in chandeliers (more metal, more bulbs, etc.), chandeliers tend to be expensive. That’s one reason why you confine chandeliers to one place, instead of sprinkling them all around the house.
These lights hug close to the ceiling electrical box (which means that they also hug close to the ceiling) and typically drop down between 6″ and 15″. They are stationary.
The most formal style of ceiling fixture, chandeliers add undeniable glamour, drama and elegance to a room. Although the largest and most formal chandeliers belong in other areas of the home, a smaller fixture is a great choice for bedrooms decorated with a wide range of bedroom styles: cottage, Tuscan, art deco, romantic and traditional, to name just a few. Choose a streamlined design, and a chandelier becomes the finishing touch to a contemporary or even minimalist bedroom.
This classic “schoolhouse” style fixture is great for adding a little retro flair to a room. These fixtures are often associated with kitchens, but we’re seeing them more and more in living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms.
Ceiling light fixtures are relatively new within the scheme of house lighting. Gas lighting near the ceiling gave way to the newer knob-and-tube method of running electrical wire. This meant that wires could be run between floors or in an attic with relative safety.
Pendant lighting is best with high bedroom ceilings – 10 feet or more.You can use pendant lights as bedside lighting by dropping them down over the nightstands. Just make sure to leave enough space between the nightstand and the bottom of the pendant: at least 12 inches and.
..MORE up to 22 inches.If you are hanging pendants for general room lighting, position them near the bottom of your bed, towards the center of the room.In the bedroom, pendants look best over the bed or other furniture, rather than hanging over walkways.
Watch out for clear glass or open designs that might be too bright for bedroom comfort.
Ceiling fans can be flush-mount, semi-flush-mount or dropped a foot or more, but they aren’t a choice for bedrooms with very low…MORE ceilings.Frosted or white opaque glass is the best choice for the bedroom.
While ceiling fans are often casual or country style, you’ll find plenty of sleek, modern designs well suited for contemporary décor.A remote control is a must for a bedroom ceiling fan.
Overused. If you don’t mind being like the Joneses, buy a pendant light. But remember that the Joneses are probably buying the popular and overdone “capsule” style glass fixtures. Suggest: experiment with the fixture and try something different, like the one shown here (yes, this is still a pendant light).
Track lighting works best in a contemporary or minimalist bedroom with high ceilings.There are many styles of track heads,…MORE including pendant styles, cans and traditional spotlights.Track lighting is a good choice for large walk-in closets.
You might think recessed lights – also called can lights, down lights or pot lights – are only for the living room, but they actually are a very contemporary choice for the bedroom. In an especially large room, recessed lights work well in combination with other types of ceiling fixtures. Recessed lights are good with any height ceiling, and give the illusion that a low ceiling is higher than it really is.
Track lights are positional spotlights affixed to a metal track on the ceiling or wall, and usually used to spotlight artwork or accents in a room, not for general lighting. It’s not used in the bedroom as often as the other varieties of ceiling light fixtures, but can work well to highlight a special feature in a large bedroom, or brighten the dressing or vanity area.
The great thing about this art deco-style fixture is that it can also transition to modern rooms. It’s definitely a show-stopper so use it in a room where you want to make a statement.
Recessed lights consist of the metal canister and the bulb. Both are housed within the ceiling itself, so that no part of the light protrudes below ceiling level.
Definitely one for contemporary spaces, this sleek, polished nickel flush mount has an unassuming style well-suited to modern rooms.