4 Common Types of Modern Lighting Fixtures

4 Common Types of Modern Lighting Fixtures

We have come a very long way since using torches to light the way and fireplaces to illuminate our homes. Indeed, electrical lighting provides many options for comfortable and practical visibility in every room, any time of day.


Flush lights and fixtures are lamps which attach flat (or flush) against the ceiling.  There are many different kinds, of course, and they can be available in sizes between 12 and 24 inches. The different sizes serve to accommodate different room sizes, of course.

For example, small flush lights are perfect for a bathroom or perhaps a large closet or as hallway lighting from Premiere Luminate.  As they get bigger, flush lights can also safely serve a child’s bedroom, particularly since there is a good chance nothing else will be hanging from the ceiling (impeding its efficacy, of course). At the same time, flush fixtures best serve rooms with ceilings no higher than 8 feet as a flush fixture on a higher ceiling can result in a feeling of too much empty space.


Also quite popular, semi-flight fixtures attach flush with the wall but hang the actual lighting instrument between 4 and 8 inches from the ceiling. Because of this, they work best when mounted between 8 and 10 feet from the ground.

Aside from aesthetics, the big advantage to semi-flush fixtures is the freedom to change bulbs quickly and easily.  This makes them ideal for kitchens and small dining rooms.


Increasing in popularity, recessed lights are mounted inside the ceiling instead of protruding from it.  Also known as pot lights or can lights, recessed lighting fixtures are best for rooms with a low ceiling.  It is important to remember, though, that these lights have very specific requirements if you want to install them. For one, you need at least 6 inches of clearance above the ceiling to install the unit. You also want to make sure the ceiling has good insulation, as humidity can build up inside the fixture itself.

It is also important to note that recessed lights are not effective at lighting the whole of a large space.


There are many different types of utility lighting as these are simple and practical solutions for rooms that do not have specific lighting needs. These are excellent, then, for your garage or for a laundry room or even a basement.  They are typically long, flush-mounted fixtures.

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