Ceiling Mounted Fixtures

Lighting is an important part of a home's décor and functioning. Simply changing a ceiling mounted fixture can change the entire look of a room. Ceiling mounted fixtures are one of several types of light fixtures used in the home to illuminate an entire room, foyer, or hallway from overhead. These fixtures provide area lighting, as opposed to spot lighting provided by a table lamp, for example. They can be simple or ornate, and either blend into the room's décor or stand out, depending on the kind of design look the homeowner is trying to achieve.

Utilizing Ceiling Mounted Fixtures

For most rooms, one ceiling mounted fixture is usually adequate unless the room is very large. Then it may be necessary to add a second or even a third ceiling mounted fixture. Depending on the type of light and whether a dimmer switch is used, light bulb wattage can vary.

For hallways and longer corridors, ceiling mounted fixtures should be placed every 8 to 10 feet on center. Most ceiling mounted fixtures use a 60 or 100 watt light bulb. A higher wattage of light bulb should be used to provide adequate illumination if ceilings are higher than the standard 8 foot ceiling or if the color scheme or décor of the room consists of darker shades.

Types of Ceiling Mounted Fixtures

Examples of ceiling mounted fixtures include:

  • Exterior mounted lighting
  • Track lighting - consists of a track mounted to the ceiling along which smaller lamps are bolted to the track
  • Chandeliers - hang from the ceiling by a chain made from the same material. Chandeliers typically contain several light bulbs of the same wattage. Typically 40 or 60 watts and usually equating to 200 to 400 watts total
  • Pendants - consist of a single light bulb of a higher wattage surrounded by a glass shade. Pendant lights can also be grouped together. Pendant light fixtures are used for adding additional light to specific areas within a room such as over a dining room table.

Ceiling mounted fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants should be centered over a table and at least 30 inches above the surface of the tabletop to allow for head clearance when standing.