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What type of lighting is best for your room’s style and functional requirements? There are tens of thousands of different types and styles of lamp which can make subtle and even not-so-subtle differences to the ambiance and look of an interior space.

Whether ceiling lighting, floor lighting, table lighting or crazy lighting, here are the different types of lamp you need to know about before shopping for lamps:

Ceiling Lighting


These decorative ceiling-mounted light fixtures are usually associated with opulence. Due to their size and elegance they are best placed in larger rooms with high ceilings such as hallways, living rooms and dining rooms. Candle chandeliers have been in use since Medieval times. Nowadays they come in a wide array of styles and complexities.

Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lamps where the entire rim meets the ceiling are called flush mount ceiling lights. They are appropriate for any room, especially those with low ceilings. There are certain décor styles and arrangements which suit this style of lamp, and the lamps themselves come in a wide variety of different looks, sizes, colours and features.

Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

Semi-flush mount ceiling lights are very similar to the flush-mount except their rims are separated from the ceiling by a small gap. This can allow light to shine across the ceiling in different ways to the flush-mount depending on the design of the lamp.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are probably the most popular style of ceiling lamp. They hang down from the ceiling suspended by a cord, chain, or metal rod. These lamps can be found in a wide array of styles, sizes, shapes, colours and materials, the latter of which include fabrics, glass, metal and even plastic. They’re suitable for all rooms in the home, depending on the ceiling height.

Floor Lighting

Arc Floor Lamps

Arc floor lamps curve over an item of furniture. They’re ideal as accent lighting and reading lamps. They are suitable for living rooms and home studies in particular, and come in a variety of contemporary styles.

Column Floor Lamps

Column floor lamps are like little towers. Their light shines from the main body of the lamp rather than from a protrusion. The light from a column lamp is usually softer and makes a perfect accent feature for just about any room.

Swing Arm Floor Lamps

A swing arm floor lamp can be adjusted to suit requirements. One moment it can be acting as a decorative feature next to a sofa or armchair, the next as a functional reading lamp when swung around.

Traditional Floor Lamps

Traditional floor lamps are probably the first image that comes to mind of the typical pole lamp with a lampshade on tip. They come in a variety of styles with an even large variety of lampshades.

Tree Floor Lamps

A tree floor lamp consists of two or more lamps attached to a main frame. Some types of tree lamp have adjustable lights while others are more fixed. They suit any type of room depending on the décor and functions of the space.