What Is the Difference Between Flush and Semi-Flush Lighting?
Flush mount fixtures are mounted very close to the ceiling, which enables them to provide better ceiling clearance. Flush mount ceiling lights are strong sources of ambient lighting, whether they are decorative or utilitarian in purpose. Perfect for the hallway, bedroom, foyer, bathroom, and even the kitchen, a flush mount is an unobtrusive light source that blends in easily with the ceiling. Often dome-shaped, these lights are highly versatile to work in formal or casual settings, especially in rooms with low ceilings (below eight feet).
What exactly are semi-flush mount ceiling lights then? These light fixtures drop a few inches below the ceiling, often suspended from a rod or other suspension system. The gap enables light to reflect off the ceiling – often creating a ‘halo’ effect – while also providing a downward light. The combined lighting effect is sometimes called “hourglass’ as the down and up light effect creates opposite pools of light on the ceiling and floor. Since these lighting fixtures are meant to be seen, there is more room for detail with semi-flush lighting, apart from finishes and options.
How Ceiling Height Factors Into Your Decision Between Flush and Semi-Flush
The height of your ceiling plays a very important role in choosing between a flush ceiling mount and a semi flush mount. In fact, it will often be your primary consideration before making a ceiling fixture choice. On the contrary, using a flush mount light fixture for a 20-foot ceiling will look disproportionate and silly.
In places where the ceiling height is eight feet or less, there are not many options but to use a flush mount ceiling light or even recessed lighting. This makes both flush mount light fixtures and recessed fixtures ideal for rooms with low ceilings.