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Dramatic Lighting for Low Ceilings

Lacking on ceiling height? I personally have this problem in my home as well. You don’t have to sacrifice the drama of a chandelier even if your low ceiling won’t allow for it. We’ve got some semi-flush mount ceiling lights that will add a little drama that your lower ceiling can accommodate.

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Scotch Club C Ceiling Light from Marset

While a lower ceiling height of even 8-feet may pose a design dilemma, don’t think for one minute that you’re doomed to have utilitarian lighting for the rest of your days. It’s a proper design rule of thumb that the bottom of the light fixture shouldn’t be hung any lower than 6’8″ above the floor. This is so you can avoid knocking your noggin when you’re walking underneath the ceiling light. That makes that 8-foot ceiling height seem rather low when you take into account that there’s only 16inches of space to play with.

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Mulberry Ceiling from TECH Lighting

Sorry to burst your chandelier dreams, but most chandeliers and hanging light fixtures need a little more room than the 16″ high can offer them. But fret not, we’re not about to leave you without a solution. There are plenty of beautiful and dramatic ceiling lights that are perfect for those 8-foot ceilings or lower. Here are few favorites:

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Cloudy Ceiling Light from Fabbian

I love how the blown glass shade of the Cloudy Ceiling Light goes from opaque white at the top to a clear glass at the bottom, which let’s this ceiling light give off a unique illumination. The grouping of more than one fixture adds interest and creates a dramatic look.

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Anemone Large Flush Mount:Sconce from Robert Abbey

Robert Abbey’s  Anemone Ceiling Light leaves the impression of a dramatic chandelier, but its flush mount design gives you the room you need to work with your low ceiling height. This light’s lower profile and flair would look great in a modern living room or even in the bedroom.

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Bling Flushmount from Robert Abbey

If you’re set on not skimping out on any amount of drama and chandelier sparkle, the Bling Flushmount won’t cheat you on the bling. Droplets of glass take the place of crystal, making this ceiling light a modern rendition of a traditional chandelier.

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Carmen Ceiling / Wall Light from Zaneen

Modern, flush, and the ability to change it’s linear shape at your command, the Carmen Ceiling Light brings a sculptural aspect to your low ceiling.

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Treefold 3 Light Semi-Flush Ceiling Light from Varaluz

The branched design of the Treefold 3 Light is organic with an industrial twist.  Its semi-flush design needs gives the impression of a suspended chandelier while saving you that precious height space.

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Scotch Club C Ceiling Light from Marset

With plenty of colors to choose from and the option for a metallic interior, the Scotch Club C Ceiling Light is glamorous. Its faceted sides help to reflect light and give this fixture its unique shape. A row of these would look stunning down the hallway, or a grouping three to create a focal point of ceiling lights.

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Viki Ceiling Light from Zaneen

If you like the look of the faceted sides of the Scotch Club Light, but maybe want a more flush looking fixture, then consider the soft white look of the Viki Ceiling Light.

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Isamu 30in Ceiling Light from Carpyen

Still on the hunt for a ceiling light that will work for you? Be sure while you’re browsing to look for ceiling lights that are large in width, but short in stature. Don’t be afraid to create a unique look by grouping multiple ceiling lights together to take the place of a chandelier. Flush-mount fixtures are you friend! Line a few down the hall to create an eye-catching display.

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