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Your Guide to Flush and Semi-Flush Light Fixtures

Flush and semi-flush fixtures provide ambient illumination, add interest and depth, and have become an integral element in the pristinely decorated room.

The difference between the modern flush and semi-flush fixture is that flushmount fixtures fit snugly to the ceiling, while semi-flush fixtures are suspended and leave a small gap between the ceiling and fixture.

Choosing the appropriate modern fixture is based upon taste and proportional considerations, but a few standard rules apply:

  1. Know your style—Traditional, transitional, whimsical, retro or classic, the market for a modern flushmount fixture is abundant with novel compositions and unique variations.  Choose a style that is in keeping with your home’s décor and select finishes that work well with other fixtures and accessories in the room.
  2. Size Wisely—Whether you need a few flush fixtures from foyer to hallway or one fixture for a powder room or bedroom, your fixtures must be sized correctly for the best illumination and overall decorative effects.  Know the dimensions of your room, hallway, closet or foyer area to find fixtures that will fit neatly and within electrical code restrictions for this space.
  3. Adjust Accordingly—Choosing a flush or semi-flush fixture will depend upon the height of your ceilings and the height of individuals in your home. Semi-flush fixtures hang between 4-8 inches from the ceiling; this may limit mobility of taller individuals in homes with 7-foot ceilings, so flush fixtures will be a better option.
  4. Be Bright with Bulb Selection—Learn about the options for the best light bulbs and what bulb selection can do to enhance home illumination.  To choose the best light bulbs for your fixture, balance energy-efficiency with desired ambience for each lighting application.  Many flush and semi-flush fixtures allow for a choice of incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent lamps.  You may opt for halogen in bedrooms and dining rooms for a warmer, richer illumination; while the best light bulbs for certain kitchen areas, hallways and basements may be cooler compact fluorescent lamps.
  5. Invest in the Best Accessories–Never underestimate the added benefits of automated controls and decorative switches for easy operation, energy-efficiency and mood-enhancing lighting adjustments.
  • Flush fixtures—Most often employed in homes with standard 7-foot ceilings to provide general illumination for bedrooms, bathrooms, foyers and hallways.
  • Semi-flush—Somewhere in between the chandelier and standard ceiling fixture, the semi-flush fixture shines with distinction.  Taking up just the right amount of space and attracting a most desirable attention, new designs provide superb illumination with artistic excellence.
  • Semi-flush fixtures provide an added benefit: the small gap allows for double the illumination with indirect uplight rebounding off the ceiling and downlight emitted directly from the fixture.

Outstanding flush and semi-flush designs include:

-“Cristal de Lisbon” from Uttermost, flush and semi-flush fixtures in Golden Bronze finishes, embodied with rows of crystal cut beads, edify rich color catching light and prismatic elegance.

-“ Monte Carlo” from Fine Art, opulent flushmount fixtures in Gold Leaf finishes with brilliant crystal drops and hand-blown glass.

-“Aquarius” from Access Lighting, modern contemporary Brushed Steel and clear glass with pleasing halogen illumination.

-“Family Spaces” from Kichler Lighting, perfect over the dining area, available in Brushed Nickel, Nickel Alabaster and Tannery Bronze finishes with Satin Etched glass.

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