Let's talk ceiling light types

Stylish clear glass shade in bedroom above bed.

Pendants & chandeliers

High ceilings, say hello to your perfect companion. As well as casting light to all corners, they create a focal point. Position above a table for mealtime mood lighting or dot them through large spaces to brighten shadowy areas. Glass, bamboo, contemporary or cosy, you’re bound to take a shine to something.

PS, good news taller folk, most of our pendant lights are height adjustable.

Flush to ceiling light in a smart grey and black metal.

Flush ceiling lights

Fitting nice and snug to the ceiling, flush lights are a favourite for low ceilings. Not one to let the limited space cramp their style, they spread light out so the whole room glows. And they don’t have to look boring either. Bold or gold, quietly confident, or something simple that gets the job done. You get the picture!

Trending ceiling lights

Shore Light Jamison Steel & Glass Pendant Light- Antique Brass.

Glass & crystal ceiling lights

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Gold & brass ceiling lights

Habitat Exposed Bulb Steel LED Flush Ceiling Light - Black.

Industrial ceiling lights

Flush to ceiling light  in matt black with gold  interior.

Black ceiling lights

What room are you buying for?

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Bedroom ceiling lights

Sleepy space into ready for the day ahead - bedroom lighting needs to work for both. Switch between calming glow and mood-lifting lighting with strategically placed pendants or flush lights.

Image of a teal and white kitchen counter top with a teal metal pendant shade.

Kitchen ceiling lights

Pour plenty of light into your recipe-making room. Spotlights or precisely placed pendants are the key ingredient here – just point them or hang them at main zones like the sink and cooker. Ready to whip up a well-lit space?

Image of a green sofa in a living room and a pendant with a black caged shade next to it.

Living room ceiling lights

Hang a statement pendant that make guests go ‘ooo’. If space is a bit tight, flush lighting with a fancy twist will also work for the living room ‘big light’.

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Dining room ceiling lights

Wrong lighting can be a recipe for disaster. Breakfast by spotlight is too intense, and dimly-lit dining isn’t practical for family feasts. The aim is comfortable, relaxing lighting, whilst still being able to find your fork. Grouped pendants, a shimmering chandelier or soft flush lighting sound good to us.

Habitat Opal Metal Bathroom Flush Ceiling Light - Black.

Bathroom ceiling lights

Flush lights are your best bet, but there are extra bits to consider too. Bathroom lights need water and moisture protection, as well as a suitable IP rating for specific zones.

  • IP67 - Zone 1: inside of the bath/shower.
  • IP65 - Zone 2: directly around the bath/shower with a height of up to 2.25m above the floor and a radius of 1.2m from the water source.
  • IP44 - Zone 3: 60cm wide area next to and around zone 1 and 2.
Image of a chrome pendant with six exposed bulbs.

Hallway ceiling lights

You want a light that says ‘welcome home’ with a warm glow. Hallways tend to be a bit bland - add some oomph to the space with a pendant or flush light. Pendants draw the eye up giving the illusion of taller ceilings while flush lights are a space-saving way to spread light.

Let's shop light shades

All our shades are 'easy fit', come with reducer rings and can be used with Edison screw or bayonet fittings. One size really does fit all.

Image of a slatted wooden flush ceiling light.

Wooden lamp shades

Habitat 40cm Velvet Shade - Navy.

Fabric lamp shades

Things to consider

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To lighten the light-choosing load, we’ve listed some things to think about beforehand.

  • What room are you buying for?
  • How much light does the room need?
  • Is the light for mood or task lighting?
  • How high are the ceilings?
  • Will the light type fit in with the overall space?

How to fit a ceiling light

What you'll need:

  • New light fitting
  • Electrical screwdriver
  • Wire strippers
  • Multi-purpose detector
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Step 1:

  • Switch off electricity at the fuse box before starting.
  • Remove light casing and take a picture of the wire positions to help you later.

           Green & yellow = earth wire
           Brown = live
           Blue = neutral

           Older houses may have:
           red = live
           black = neutral

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Step 2:

  • Remove wires from existing fitting.
  • Unscrew the base and remove old fitting.
  • Use a socket or voltage tester to check that the circuit is safe to work on.
  • If the old wires are damaged or too long, cut off the ends and remove an inch of the insulation coating to expose the new wire.
Image of a man fitting a ceiling light.

Step 3:

  • Follow the instructions provided and use the picture you took earlier to attach the wires in the correct positions.
  • All new light fittings should label where to put each wire.
  • If there isn’t an earth wire, don't attach metal light fittings (chrome/brass).
  • All connections should be tight and secure without any exposed wires.
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Step 4:

  • Attach the light fitting to the mounting bracket and secure into place.
  • Fit correct bulbs and any casings.
  • Switch electricity back on at the fuse box and test your new lighting fitting.

Always read manufacturers instruction before changing light fittings. These instructions are guidelines only. If in doubt always reach out to a qualified electrician.

Ceiling light bulbs

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We're having a light bulb moment

From decorative to dimmable, energy saving to LED – let’s get your room glowing.

Just make sure you only use light bulbs and wattage recommended by the manufacturer – we don’t want any blown fuses.

More bright ideas

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Lighting ideas

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Living room lighting ideas

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