Sopt Lights and Ceiling Lamps
The most common form of ceiling lighting is a pendant light fixture suspended from the ceiling to provide a central source of light for the whole room. This can be an effective means of illuminating a room if combined with other light sources.
Used on its own, however, it produces stark, unappealing lighting. Interesting effects can be created by using different types of ceiling fixtures. For instance recessed drop-lights can be used to emphasize walls and art works in the immediate vicinity. Up-lights can emphasize the ceiling and make the room seem larger.
Recessed spot lights in the ceiling illuminate the whole room evenly without focusing on any particular area. Down-lighting designed to provide general lighting works well in rooms with high ceilings as the beams overlap providing a good, all-round lighting effect. Fluorescents are traditionally used in kitchens but provide a rather flat light. Fluorescent sources are cooler to run and more energy efficient but low-voltage, halogen lighting may be preferable.
Suspended ceiling lamps should be softened with lamp shades - these will provide a more diffuse lighting effect and colored shades will even alter the color of the light. Shades can be bought to match the interior decoration and can be ornamental features in their own right.