1. Do you want to light the ceiling or floor?

    Washing the ceiling with light using an up-light pendant provides an overall general illumination that can also make a space feel larger.

  2. Do you want to see exactly the task at hand?

    Down-light fixtures direct the light towards the ground and are perfect for illuminating tasks, whether it be preparing food, reading the newspaper, or playing cards. Shining a pool of light on the project at hand, they’re ideal for kitchen counters and islands.

  3. Do you want atmosphere?

    Want to show a room in the best light? Consider a fixture that gives off diffuse light, which casts a pervasive soft, warm light that flatters the way you look and masks the marks on your walls. 

  4. Do you want to make a statement?

    If it’s glamor you’re after, nothing beats the glittering effect of a chandelier.

    TIP: For extra sparkle, install a pair of ceiling down-lights to spotlight the chandelier and use minimal wattage in the chandelier itself.


  1. How to make your ceiling fixture work best for you?
  • After you’ve selected the right type of overhead light, the crucial final step is to hang it at a height that enhances the space. Too low, and it gets in the way. Too high, and it doesn’t feel like part of the immediate space.
  • For dining tables and kitchen counters, the general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the chandelier should be around 30 inches above the surface of the table.
  • If your ceilings are more than 8 feet high, you can raise the fixture 3 inches for each additional foot.If you have ceilings lower than 8 feet, make sure the bottom of the fixture clears your tallest vase or candlesticks.