Home Improvement 101: Light Fixtures

Article Posted By: Craig Allen

of Senior Editor, The Home Depot Blog

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog.

In this installment: light fixtures.

Types of Light Fixtures

A graphic illustrating semi-flush mount light fixtures

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Semi-Flush Mount Light Fixtures

A semi-flush mount ceiling light falls between a flush mount fixture and a chandelier in style. Semi-flush mounts hang approximately 4 inches to 8 inches from the ceiling, giving the illusion of a chandelier where a low-hanging chandelier wouldn’t be possible. They are good for lighting fairly large areas with ambient light. This type of light fixture is well-suited for areas where you need basic functional lighting, but with a little bit of style — your entry hall, dining room or master bedroom.

A graphic illustrating flush mount light fixtures

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Flush Mount Light Fixtures

Flush mount light fixtures hang flat against the ceiling. If you have low ceilings and are looking for ambient light that fills the entire room, flush mount fixtures are a good choice. They are available in styles that range from the inconspicuous to the ornate. Flush mount light fixtures are a good choice for illuminating bedrooms, dining rooms, hallways and closets.

A graphic illustrating island light fixtures

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Island Light Fixtures

Used for kitchen islands, island lights are similar to pendants, often with lights that hang at the end of a stem or rod. However, island lights may combine two or three light sources shining downward to create a pool of light for tasks. Island lights make good task lights for your kitchen.

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