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Ceiling Light Fixtures: Selecting and Installing Them

Ceiling light fixtures are fantastic alternatives to more traditional light sources like table lamps.  These provide you with a great wide area of light coverage, that’s unobtrusive so that you don’t have to ruin the overall design of the room.  But what’s more, for businesses, or large warehouses, ceiling light fixtures are necessary so that you can provide adequate lighting, without having to take up a whole lot of space.  Plus you’ll even have a few options for choosing the perfect type of light for you, under any circumstance.  This way you can find  the fixture that works the best with your room, as well as the type of light source that you need.

When you’re looking for unobtrusive ceiling light fixtures that will blend right in with your current room design, you’ll want recessed lighting.  These are special fixtures that are installed right into your ceiling, and that also don’t encompass a whole lot of space.  Although they don’t cover a lot of area, they are perfect for shining light in extremely tight spaces.  This makes them ideal for reading chairs, and even desks so that you can work in perfect illumination.  Most commonly recessed ceiling light fixtures feature fluorescent lights as well, so you can count on the area being perfectly bright, with energy saving no fuss lighting.

An example of recessed ceiling light fixtures

If you’re looking for something different that will cover a more broad area, you may want to consider installing dome ceiling light fixtures.  These are specially made fixtures that have a round shape so that light is bounced in literally every direction the room over.  This way you can light a very large area, just using one simple fixture.  Plus you can install either fluorescent lights, or even incandescent depending upon your own personal preference.  But what’s more, the glass dome that actually goes over the bulb itself can be extremely stylish, so that you can give your ceiling a whole new elegant look.

Here’s what dome ceiling light fixtures look like, though many styles can be found to cater to your personal tastes

Installing your ceiling lights: What to do

Installing ceiling light fixtures can be somewhat difficult however, especially when you’re starting from scratch.  For that reason, you may actually want to consider purchasing a floor lamp instead, which can achieve essentially the same effect.  These are very tall and bright lamps that can fit into any corner of a room, so that light can be provided for the entire surrounding area.  Plus they come in several different styles, and some lamps are even adjustable so that you can ensure that light is pointed in any direction where you need a little illumination the most.

When it comes to installing ceiling light fixtures in your home, or building, for the first time, you’ll probably want to use a lighting contractor unless you’re very experienced in this type of work.  This way you can ensure that your fixtures are installed properly, as well as safely.  In most cases you should be able to find plenty of contractors in your area, no matter where you live.  This way you can compare prices, and find the company that can perform your job for the lowest cost.  But even with a good contractor, ceiling light fixtures can be expensive, which is a very good reason to consider purchasing a floor lamp instead, so that you can avoid the hassle altogether.

Daring enough to try the installation job yourself?  Here are two videos that may aid you in your efforts.

Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus offers his advice:

ExpertVillage on the wiring of your lighting fixtures.  Be sure to check out their related videos for some more education.