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Types of Close-to-Ceiling Fixtures

Close-to-Ceiling fixtures, sometimes just called ceiling lights, mount directly against or near to the ceiling and are primarily used to provide general ambient lighting.

Close-to-Ceiling fixtures are often divided into two subgroups:

  • Flush Mounts attach to the ceiling with little to no gap between the fixture and the ceiling. A Flush Mount fixture is typically enclosed, which provides soft, even ambient lighting in the space.
  • Semi-Flush Mounts attach to the ceiling, but have an extension that holds the socket and shade or glass a few inches away from the ceiling. This gap adds a decorative quality while allowing the fixture to provide uplighting on the ceiling in addition to the soft downlighting through the shade or glass.

Where to Use Close-to-Ceiling Fixtures

Flush and Semi-Flush fixtures have an incredibly diverse selection of styles to choose from and can be used in almost every room of the house. They are great for providing general ambient light and are very practical in high traffic areas such as single story foyers, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, playrooms, and dens as well as rooms with lower ceilings.

  • Hallway - When lighting a hallway, place a fixture every 8-10 feet. Be sure to select a fixture appropriate to the height of your ceiling as the lowest point on the fixture should not be less than 7 feet from the floor.
  • Bathroom - Besides the vanity / mirror lighting, you will likely need a ceiling fixture in the middle of your space. Make sure to select UL Damp rated fixtures if your bath includes a shower.
  • Kitchen - A large, ceiling-mounted fluorescent fixture in the center of the ceiling provides ample, well diffused ambient lighting. Ceiling lights alone will not provide sufficient task lighting and should be used in combination with other fixtures such as undercabinet, recessed lights, and pendants.

Where to Buy

Lighting New York has a large selection of Flush Mounts and Semi-Flush Mounts in every style.