Ceiling Light Buying Guide eBay

Ceiling Light Buying Guide eBay

Ceiling Light Buying Guide

Ceiling lights are one of the most practical and efficient ways to fill a room with light. Depending on factors and preferences, however, some ceiling lights will be more suitable than others.

Household Ceiling Light Choices

Most houses have central ceiling lights and there are a variety of styles from which to choose: flush, semi-flush, pendant, and chandelier which are explained below:


Flush mounted ceiling lights sit tight to the ceiling and are ideal for areas where ceilings are low, there is a lot of traffic through the room where goods carried might reach high, or a minimalist design is desired. There are also ceiling lights which can be recessed so that not even the lamp protrudes down. Many of these are LED lights and can be used to great effect over large spaces, rather than a single, centred light fitting in a room so that areas can be illuminated independently for rather mood or task lighting. Flush ceiling lights are often used when the intention is to keep sight lines clean and to give an illusion of space as they do not detract from items beneath them. Strip lighting too is often a choice for offices, though it is not as decorative as other choices.

Semi Flush

Semi-flush, as the name suggests doesn’t quite hug the ceiling but offers a mid-way solution to a ceiling light fitting between flush and pendant styles of ceiling light. Many semi-flush designs are branched with their attached lights fully adjustable for different angles. They offer a feature to add decoration where there may not be ceiling roses and can be a good alternative in rooms with low ceilings. There are many different designs with a range of shades to either complement or contrast with existing decor depending on the desired effect. Semi-flush ceiling lights are suitable for more contemporary and traditional settings with brass, chrome, and bronze fittings available to coordinate with other finishes in a room.


A pendant light is one that hangs down and dangles. Many ceiling pendant lights have adjustable chains or cords, within parameters, so they can be fixed at a shorter length. Some chained pendant lights are designed for deliberate lowering or hoisting, such as those popular in kitchens. It is important to allow enough space below the light to avoid hazards and head clashes. Generally, a pendant light needs to centred and fixed at 26” to 36” above a surface, for best effect over a kitchen island or a dining table. Also, the diameter of the pendant light should not exceed a measurement of half the table-width over which it hangs. It is best if the pendant light can be suspended from a joist that runs along the ceiling, or fixed to a length of timber behind the plasterboard to ensure its safe fixing. Pendant lights hanging in an array can make a spectacular light display in restaurants, over dining tables, and in impressive hallways with space to suspend them at differing heights. There are many designs now from cubes and bottle shapes to flying saucers and faux-chandelier styles. Pendant lights attract attention and can be utilised as a piece of art, especially if it comes with a fine wire for its suspension. Seemingly floating in space, the effect can be dramatic as a metallic globe or a series of individual cubes occupy the space.


Traditional chandeliers contain crystals, the most prestigious being Waterford -which is no longer in production, and, therefore, a sought after item — and Swarowski although there are other producers too. The better the crystal quality, the more reflective and brilliant the light. LED lighting, however, has amazing potential for brilliance especially when used close to clear glass and can enhance the refracted light effect quite spectacularly. Many modern chandeliers pay homage to past designs and mimic the opulent light fittings of historical palaces and great houses. Rustic mediaeval style chandeliers are wooden framed constructions, though many of them can have significant carved detail to make them decorative as well as functional. Sometimes connected iron bands form the base for a chandelier, popular in farmhouse lighting styles.

Several parts make up the main body of a traditional chandelier. Beneath the chain will be a body dish and below that will swell out the fount. This then narrows into the main column before flaring out again as it rests on the bottom bowl. Underneath the bottom bowl is a reverse dish, often the same shape as the bottom bowl, and from that a ball is fitted to the internal rod. Prisms often hang from the reverse dish as a further decorative feature.

The extensions from chandelier’s main body are called arms, or branches, and these traditionally held the candles, though modern electric chandeliers use bulbs instead. Most buyers opt for candle shaped bulbs to recreate the effect of an old-fashioned chandelier. The branches, or arms, can come in a variety of shapes. The S-shape is horizontal in its presentation and the scroll shape with its distinctive curled over end is a decorative addition that does not hold candles but will contribute to throwing light. Plain arms offer a single sweep of curve, which faces upwards to attach to the candles. Also, there are fluted, roped, and barley twisted design crystal arms and cut crystal styles too. A chandelier may be ornate and many-tiered with layers of branches and interconnecting strings of crystal droplets between them using chains with pendalogues [an ornate droplet] attached at the bottom. Depending on chandelier type, the arms can be made of different materials such as brass, wood or chrome etc.

Ceiling Light Buying Guide eBay

Candles, or more often, candle shaped bulbs, provide the illumination of the light fitting. To enhance the appearance of genuine candles, many people use covers or sleeves with a dripped wax look as an attractive means for suggesting authenticity.


Bobeches traditionally behaved as saucers for collecting dripped wax and on modern electric chandeliers are a purely decorative feature which enhances the overall design.

Collars and canopies

These are the parts at the top of the chandelier which may also possess a finial piece which disguise the wires fitted to the ceiling.

Suitability for Style of Ceiling Light

Bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, hallways and conservatories each present a different demand regarding their lighting. Some areas are prone to moisture, which in turn attracts grease and grime, and in these places, practicality must take precedence over ornamentation. Single shades, which are easily removed for cleaning, are best in busy bathrooms and kitchens. Hallways and stairwells might require dimmable features for night time security and plenty of head clearance for movement of furniture and the heights of people walking through them. Dining rooms and living rooms will need to have good general lighting, though there may be areas that would benefit from individual task lighting. Bedrooms, too, need to have good general light that can be augmented perhaps by lamps or reading lights.

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