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Alternative to Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting has, for a long time, been the go-to light fitting for kitchens and bathrooms. In more recent years they have also become more popular in other locations, like living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. 

They are extremely practical lights, especially if you have limited headroom in your room, but what are the alternatives?  

Flush Ceiling Lights

Flush Ceiling Lights

The first, and perhaps most obvious light fitting is flush light. These fitting are fixed tightly to the ceiling. They are typically more ornate that the recessed lights, and do protrude more into the room, but tend to be a good compromise in comparison to traditional light pendants and chandeliers. 

Semi-Flush Ceiling Lights

Semi-Flush Ceiling Lights

As the name suggests, semi-flush ceiling lights aren’t as tight to the ceiling as flush ceiling lights. They usually have a short stem that lifts the fitting away from the ceiling. 

Obviously, these aren’t as good an option for those rooms that have very restricted height, but they are good options where there is some height capacity.  

Spotlights

Spotlights

While recessed spotlights are the go-to light for practical spaces, like kitchens, it is easy to forget how much progress has been made with spotlight bars, circular spotlights and single spotlights these days. 

You don’t just have to stick with polished chrome spotlights any more, although we have plenty of those too, of course!

Light Pendants

Light Pendants

Even when height as at a premium, light pendants can still offer a good solution to lighting. Most light pendants have adjustable cords, so the height can be kept short, which should be suitable for all but the lowest ceilings.

Obviously one of the main advantage of light pendants, apart from them being more decorative, is that the range of pendants is very large, so you can find the specific light pendant to suit your room more easily than many of the other light types.