Ceiling lamps are particularly effective solutions that are less cumbersome than pendant lamps and also create suggestive lighting atmospheres.
It is probably the last type of lamp created in the course of history. Ceiling lighting developed with the invention of electricity and the need to illuminate the large rooms that were created in the 14th century, such as the new large factories.
Initially the ceiling lamps were made using neon tubes, thanks to their low energy consumption and the little heat they developed. Nowadays, as with most lamps, LED ceiling lights are mainly used, which are able to guarantee excellent durability and greater eco-sustainability.
Why choose ceiling lights for the home
For a long time, ceiling lamps have been relegated to the sole role of service lighting for large public buildings such as schools and offices. Nowadays, this classification has been surpassed thanks to the new models of great decorative impact on the market.
Moreover, thanks to their reduced height, the ceiling lamps are ideal in new residential buildings with lower ceilings than those of a few decades ago.
The most common ceiling lamps also in the domestic environment are certainly the ceiling lights, consisting of a base that is applied directly to the ceiling and a canopy that hides the bulbs. Generally this type of lamp is also applicable to the wall.
When choosing the ceiling lamp best suited to your needs, it is necessary to take into account the size of the room, the direction of the light beam and the colour of the light.
The use of ceiling lamps in bathrooms has also been dictated over time by safety issues: given their position, this type of lamp is difficult to reach by water splashes as the cap protects and conceals the bulb and electrical components.
Ceiling lamps are also ideal for rooms with a single light point. They allow, for example, to illuminate a room at full height, or to have an accent light on a particular place, which can be the counter of a kitchen, or a particular decorative element to be highlighted. In these cases, direct light ceiling lamps are perfect, directing the light directly downwards and conveying it in a single direction.
The recessed ceiling lamps are excellent for recreating diffuse and design lighting.
Even if you prefer to opt for indirect lighting, you don't have to give up the idea of buying a ceiling lamp: there are solutions with light sources that reflect upwards and create a soft, relaxing light. LED strips and small plasterboard shelves can be used to illuminate decorations, vaults and/or frescoes on the ceiling.
Ideal ceiling lamps also in the office
The lighting design does not only involve the rooms in the house, it is equally important to study the most suitable type of lighting in the workplace.
Each workstation will require standard, specific and glare-free lighting. In addition to the illumination of the worktop by means of suitable desk lamps, it is advisable that in large rooms the light is diffused evenly without causing areas of shadow, for this purpose it is possible to use ceiling lights with anti-reflective metal parabolic reflectors.
Ceiling lamps for offices are often recessed in the false ceiling, having to meet the needs of the individual and at the same time create an overall positive and stimulating atmosphere.
A bright alternative that combines a great impact when on and a very minimal look when off is the backlit stretch ceiling. It is a type of lighting designed to simulate natural light, designed for non-residential environments, such as museums or supermarkets, where it is important to avoid glare while allowing a high luminous intensity. It consists of a sheet of translucent material (usually polymeric) behind which light points are positioned so as to remain invisible. The sheet can be customized with decorations, colours or lettering.
Not just simple lamps: innovations for ceiling lamps
There are many ceiling lights available on the market today, with different lighting sources. Typically the most innovative products today have LED lighting sources, particularly bright and low energy impact: this type of lamp consumes less than 20% of the energy required by a common incandescent lamp. In addition, the ceiling lights with RGB system, allow life to lights of every possible color, with pleasant chromatic effects. The new generation of ceiling lamps, when associated with home automation, can be controlled through special applications for smartphones: in addition to the choice of color you can activate them remotely or at certain times. In ceiling lamps with dimmers it is possible to adjust the light intensity of the bulb; in corridors it can be very useful to use ceiling lights with motion sensors that light up only when the user passes by so as not to waste electricity.
Design ceiling lamps: innovative and traditional materials
Ceiling lamps are versatile design products, able to fit into a variety of contexts, from modern to classic, bringing added value to any lighting project.
Thanks to their historical origin, industrial-style ceiling lamps are very popular, characterized by a metal structure and a grid of the same material that protects the glass shade and the bulb.
From this typology also originates the tortoise lamps used in garages or outdoors.
A ceiling light is able to provide basic and essential lighting, able to adapt and fit in environments with the most diverse styles thanks to the range of materials and shapes possible. Metal ceiling lamps are the most common, together with the glass versions, which can also be embellished with special craftsmanship, as is the case with Murano glass ceiling lamps. Particular are the plaster lamps: thanks to their material they can be treated in the same way as the rest of the ceiling, painting them and making them more discreet.
There is a wide variety of shapes and models of indoor ceiling lights that can adapt to any room in the house. Square, round, rectangular, find the shape that best suits your needs.
Ceiling lights and light effects
From an aesthetic point of view, the choice of a ceiling light can be an excellent opportunity to choose an object that meets both functional and aesthetic needs. From icons of the past to modern design solutions, ceiling lamps can be considered as real lighting installations. Rounded shapes and precious finishes are typical features of a classic ceiling light, perhaps in fabric. Mix of materials and chrome finishes, for example, are particularly suitable for modern ceiling lights with a minimalist structure, most often in metal.