Ceiling Light: Review & Recommendation

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You have moved and are still looking for the right ceiling lamp for one or the other room? Or do you want to change the type of lighting in a room? Are you tired of your current ceiling lights, but don’t really know which ones to install? Then you are exactly right here!

In our ceiling light Test 2020 we present you detailed background information on the subject of ceiling lights. You will find answers to frequently asked questions and different types of ceiling lights are presented in more detail. We also provide you with criteria that you should pay attention to when buying.

The most important facts in brief

  • Ceiling lights are available in many different variations, which are also shaped differently. Additionally, the number of different designs you can buy is enormous.
  • Basically ceiling lights take up very little space, so you can mount them practically anywhere on the ceiling, which is not the case with a chandelier, for example.
  • Ceiling lights are available with different illuminants, which you can usually replace. With the illuminants you can choose how bright the lamp will shine and if you can dim the light.

Ceiling light Test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The most energy-saving ceiling light
  • The ceiling light with the best price-performance ratio
  • The best ceiling light for the bathroom
  • The best swivel ceiling lamp

The most energy-saving ceiling light

The Hengda “B-1-HG2703v” ceiling lamp is a well made luminaire that gives a lot of light. The two biggest criticisms are that you should not change the LED strip yourself and that the settings are not saved when you turn off the light at the light switch.

A very good energy efficiency is also very important in view of the ever increasing electricity costs. With the efficiency class of “A++” this lamp is one of the most efficient you can find.

This lamp offers a whole range of additional functions. First of all, it comes with a remote control that allows you to control the lamp from the comfort of your couch. Furthermore, it can also be dimmed via the remote control.

The ceiling light with the best price-performance ratio

The Visolight D280 LED ceiling light has an unobtrusive and functional look with its white colour and round shape. It is infinitely dimmable and has a consumption of 21 watts at maximum brightness. In addition, you can mount it not only on ceilings, but also on a wall. It is a little more expensive than other ceiling lights of this kind, but it is versatile.

This ceiling lamp consumes 21 watts at the highest brightness level and has a light output of 850 lumens to a maximum of very bright 1900 lumens. In addition, it is infinitely variable and, according to the manufacturer, the power consumption decreases almost proportionally to the brightness. It emits a warm white light with 3000 Kelvin.

The ceiling light contains 24 built-in LED lamps of energy efficiency class A+ and consumes 21 watts at maximum level with maximum luminosity, which is equivalent to an incandescent lamp with about 135 watts. The lamps have an average lifetime of 30’000 hours, which according to Visolight is about 30 years, with a daily consumption of 0 to 2.7 hours.

The best ceiling light for the bathroom

The ceiling light from Lighting EVER is ideal for your bathroom, thanks to many features. An IP54 water seal ensures that the electronics are protected even if the ceiling light gets wet or damp.

With an energy class of A+, the ceiling light creates a luminosity of 1250 lumens. Customers appreciate the easy installation and the integration of the ceiling light into the design of the bathroom.

The best swivel ceiling lamp

The “Lunis II” LED ceiling light from B. K. Licht is a versatile light source. With its warm white light colour, it provides cosy lighting in the room. In addition, its two spotlights can be rotated and swivelled, so that you can adjust them as you wish, and the LED bulbs supplied are TÜV approved. You get all this at a very reasonable price.

The B. K. Licht LED ceiling light “Lunis II” has a light output of 250 lumens per bulb, which corresponds to a 25 watt bulb, but only consumes 3 watts per bulb. The included LED bulbs are not dimmable, which should not be necessary with their low luminosity. But they have a warm white color temperature, so you can feel their lighting as cosy.

All the above mentioned technical specifications depend on the used illuminant, but because two LED illuminants of energy class A+ with GU10 socket are supplied with this product, the values refer to them. Furthermore, this luminaire is suitable for energy classes from A to A++.

Guide: Questions to consider before buying a ceiling lamp

Where can I buy ceiling lights?

You can buy ceiling lamps in specialist shops as well as in many DIY stores and furniture shops. Increasingly, many retailers offer this type of lamps in their online shops, which has also increased in recent years.
Platforms where you can buy a ceiling lamp online offer you some notable advantages, such as a much wider selection, easy price comparison and with one click of the mouse you can easily retrieve customer reviews.

However, some still prefer the direct route to trade. There you can see the products in real life with your eyes instead of just looking at a picture. In addition, you can get advice from the specialist staff on site.

According to our research, most lights in Germany are sold through these shops:

  • amazon.de
  • Ikea
  • Poco
  • Hornbach
  • Obi
  • Höffner
  • ebay.de
  • lampenwelt.com

Most shops also offer the ceiling lights via their own online platform, such as OBI. With such dealers who sell ceiling lamps locally and over the Internet, you can view the products in the shop and, if you have decided to buy after a period of consideration, you can order online from home.

It is also worth keeping your eyes open at discounters such as Aldi or Penny, where you can often find special bargains.

What does a ceiling lamp cost?

It is very difficult to make a general statement here because the price differences between different ceiling lights and manufacturers have an extreme range. It is also not possible to divide them into categories, because even within these, the gap between the cheapest and most expensive prices is enormous.
The prices vary from very cheap and simple ceiling lights, which cost you about 5 Euro, to simple designer pieces, which you can buy for about 60 Euro. But a ceiling light should not cost less than about 25 Euro, because for less you can hardly make a halfway reliable model.
But if you want to have more expensive ceiling lamps, you could invest a fortune in very expensive products. These can quickly reach a four-figure amount, because they usually have a certain component of gold or crystals.
The most important advantage of these price differences is that you are very likely to find a ceiling lamp that fits your needs like a glove.

What functions can ceiling lights have?

The task of a ceiling lamp is of course to provide enough light where you think it is appropriate. But there are additional functions that make it easier for you to operate a lamp.
Noteworthy and useful features that a ceiling light can have are

Dimmable
Motion detector
Remote control

If the ceiling light is dimmable, you can adjust it to your need for brightness, from very bright to dim light.

The motion detector is especially useful for rooms where you do not like the light switch in the dark. Popular places for such ceiling lights are storage rooms, public toilets and stairwells.

A remote control can be used for convenient handling of the light. You can use it to switch the light on and off.

Where do I want to install the ceiling light?

Before buying a ceiling lamp, you should think about where you want to hang it. If you want to install the lamp in your living room, you will of course need another one than if you want to install it in your carport.
For different ceilings you also need different screws and so on, you should know beforehand what the condition of the ceiling is. There is a different kind of lighting for almost every kind of room. So if you are clear about which room you want to hang them in, you can quickly find the right one.

It is also extremely helpful to know the nature of the ceiling to which you want to attach the lamp. If you attach it to a wooden ceiling, you will need only a few screws. If you want to fix the lamp to a plasterboard or concrete ceiling, you need to pay more attention.

Depending on how you use the room, it is important to know at what height the ceiling lamp should hang. Specimens that produce subdued light are very suitable for your bedroom, as they can prepare you for sleep.

However, there are also ceiling lights that have a higher luminous intensity, making them ideal for your living room.

If, on the other hand, you want to install a ceiling lamp in your bathroom or kitchen, you should take care that as little splash water as possible gets to the lamp. Therefore, especially in the bathroom, the ceiling lamp should be placed far enough away from the shower.

Which illuminant should I use?

The selection of lamps is just as diverse as the choice of light sources. When buying, you must make sure that the socket is suitable for the lamp. You should also consider the heat development, which is considerable with some lamps. The performance of the lamp is also an important criterion. Match it to the lamp and the size of the room.
But there are a few other criteria to consider when choosing your lamp. The choice of light colour is also very important. Besides coloured lamps, such as red, blue and so on, you also have the possibility to choose between different colours. There is warmer and colder light, you can usually read it on the packaging.
Energy consumption and durability are also two important factors. Consumer-friendly LEDs, for example, require little energy and last a long time, so they are much more efficient than halogen.

Decision: What types of ceiling lights are available and which one is right for you?

Basically one can distinguish between three types of ceiling lights:

  • Ceiling light for brightening up
  • Ceiling lamp for indirect light
  • Ceiling lamp for targeted light

Ceiling lights are not only a stylish living accessory, but also offer you different possibilities. The manufacturers offer you a wide range of products from which you can choose to find the perfect solution for you and your living space.

In the following section, we will go into more detail about the types of ceiling lights mentioned above. With a list of the advantages and disadvantages, we try to help you with your decision.

How do ceiling lights for brightening work and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

A ceiling light to brighten up your entire room. It is not so much about creating beautiful and atmospheric light, but more about the actual functionality.

Advantages

Good illumination

Disadvantages

No atmospheric light

These luminaires are particularly suitable for rooms where a lot of work is done. But these luminaires can also be used for walk-in wardrobes. So you can see into every single shelf and compartment. Also in entrance areas and corridors this kind of lamp can give a lot of light, because in these areas there are often no or only small windows.

How do ceiling luminaires for indirect light work and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Ceiling luminaires that are intended to provide indirect light are mounted a few centimetres from the ceiling. This allows the light to shine upwards towards the ceiling and creates a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. You save space, for example, because you do not have to buy a side table lamp.

Advantages

Indirect light
Atmospheric
Space-saving

Disadvantages

Very powerful light sources required for full lighting

If you want to use these models not only to provide atmospheric light but to brighten up the whole room, you will have to use relatively strong light sources. LED lamps are best suited for this, as they are the most energy-saving option.

How do ceiling lights for targeted light work and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

These lights are mostly used in the form of spots, halogen or LED lamps. They help you to illuminate certain objects in the room in a targeted manner. They can be pictures on the wall, for example, which you want to put in a special light. But you can also use them to brighten up your make-up area or the work surface of your kitchen.

Advantages

Targeted light

Disadvantages

Not suitable for a whole room

Spots usually have pivoting elements. This allows you to point two spots at the same spot, for example, when you need to. You can also combine them with other ceiling lights and use the light effects to enhance your room.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate ceiling lights based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate ceiling lamps. This should make it easier for you to decide whether you find the lamp suitable or not.

In principle, these are:

  • Gestaltung
  • Dimensions
  • Power consumption
  • Light output
  • Dimmable
  • Colour temperature
  • Energy efficiency class
  • Lampholders / Lamp sockets
  • Additional functions

In the following paragraphs you can learn more about the individual purchase criteria.

Gestaltung

The variety of different ceiling lights is enormous. They can have a simple and inconspicuous appearance, look solid and high-quality or have an extravagant design, such as one with crystals added.

A ceiling lamp should hang on the ceiling for a few years, so it is important that it fits perfectly into the interior design of the room. The various designs range from simple and modern to cosy and homely and extravagant. With this enormous choice of ceiling lamps, you are very likely to find one that suits your style of living.

Ceiling lights not only provide light, but also have a decorative function, because a stylish ceiling light design can be a real eye-catcher in living spaces.

Dimensions

You can tell how big a ceiling lamp is by its dimensions. Most of the time they don’t come far down, so they don’t take up much space on the ceiling and can also be mounted in deep rooms.

The product dimension or product dimension is usually given as length x width x depth in cm or mm. Sometimes, instead of length and width, simply the diameter is given, in which case the information is as follows: diameter x height.

Did you know that one of the world’s largest chandeliers is in the Vienna Town Hall?
It is located in the meeting room of the municipal council and weighs 3.2 tons. Its diameter is more than five meters.
It was built in Paris in 1878 and later hung in the Vienna City Hall.

With the product dimension you can imagine how big the ceiling light really is, which is important if you have never seen the product with your own eyes. You should also take this dimension into account if there is a lack of space on the ceiling, otherwise the size of the ceiling lamp may not fit.

Power consumption

The power consumption is not only dependent on the ceiling lamp, but also on the illuminants used. A distinction is usually made between energy-saving lamps, halogen lamps and LED lamps.

The light bulbs or also light bulbs, they are already in use for many decades. However, due to their low energy efficiency they are slowly being taken off the market: There is a ban on manufacturing and distribution.

At present, LED lamps are increasingly being used because they are very energy-efficient, have a long service life and generate almost no heat. They are also dimmable. The disadvantage is that the light is quite targeted and therefore not suitable for illuminating large areas evenly.

Advantages

Future-proof
Extremely efficient
Very long service life
Dimmable

Disadvantages

Only targeted lighting
Comparatively high purchase price

Energy-saving lamps also consume less electricity, but usually take some time to shine really bright.

Advantages

Uses less energy
Increased service life

Disadvantages

Full light power is not immediately available
Still relatively inefficient
More expensive

In terms of energy efficiency, halogen lamps are almost as inefficient as incandescent lamps. The advantage of them, however, is that they last longer. They are also extremely dimmable and the colour rendering is also very good. The disadvantages are that they get extremely hot because a large part of the energy is converted into heat. They also have a relatively short life, even though they last longer than incandescent lamps.

Advantages

Extremely good dimmability
Great color reproduction

Disadvantages

Becomes very hot
Relatively short life

There are many websites on the Internet that make comparisons between different light sources. There you can look up which different values result, depending on which of these three lamps you use.

Additionally there are fluorescent lamps. They are among the most efficient lamps. They are optimally suited to illuminate large areas evenly. They also have a very good life span. The disadvantages are that they may flicker, they are also quite large and difficult to dim.

Advantages

Very efficient
Uniform illumination of large areas
Long service life

Disadvantages

May flicker
Mostly quite big
Poorly dimmable

The power consumption of a ceiling lamp is linked to the illuminant used. Halogen lamps, energy-saving lamps and LED lamps are used most often, with the former having the highest consumption and LED the lowest.

Light output

The light output indicates how bright a lamp shines. This is important because you need a different light intensity depending on the room.

The light output is expressed in lumens, which is also known as the unit of measurement for luminous flux. Lumen is a decisive value for the brightness of a lamp. In the age of modern LED technology, lumen describes the brightness of a light source better than watts.

Different rooms need different light. You can read Paulmann Licht’s recommendations for basic lighting in the table below.

Dimmable

If you want to vary the luminosity of the ceiling light and not always leave it at the same brightness, a dimmable product with a dimmable lamp will help you.

We have already mentioned in the guide why it can be useful for the ceiling lamp to be dimmable. As it can be very important for you, this point is also in the purchase criteria.

If you want to be able to adjust a ceiling lamp because you use a room for several purposes, then it is worthwhile for you to buy a dimmable ceiling lamp. You can then adjust the light of the ceiling lamp at any time to suit your needs.

For example, a play evening with colleagues requires a different light than a relaxed conversation with a few friends. You must remember that not all lights are dimmable.

LED light sources are marked on the packaging to indicate whether they are dimmable or not. Incandescent lamps and halogen lamps are generally dimmable, but energy-saving lamps are usually not.

Colour temperature

The colour temperature is given in Kelvin and tells you which light colours an illuminant emits.

The colour shades can mainly be divided into three levels: daylight white, neutral white and warm white light. In addition, colour temperatures of illuminants influence our state of health, similar to sunlight.

The further the value falls below 2700 Kelvin, the warmer and cosier the light becomes. A candle shines with a value of 1500 Kelvin.

The warm white light range is between 2700 and 3300 Kelvin. This light, which is similar to the evening sun, is best used for rooms where you want a relaxed atmosphere.

Neutral white is between 3300 and 5300 Kelvin and brings you a more businesslike atmosphere. This light is particularly suitable for the kitchen and bathroom.

All values above 5300 Kelvin are similar to sunlight at noon. This has a positive effect on your well-being and helps to improve your concentration. It is therefore ideally suited for workplaces.

Energy efficiency class

The energy efficiency classes describe how well the respective lamps are able to convert the absorbed energy into light. The current classes range from “A++” to “E”, so lamps and light sources with “A++” marking have the highest efficiency.

To clarify what is meant by this we have prepared a small example: An incandescent lamp with 60 watts output creates a light output of 710 lumens. In comparison, an LED lamp, from two watts upwards, creates a luminous efficacy of between 700 and 750 lumens.

The difference comes from the fact that the incandescent lamp converts more energy into heat than into light. This is not the case with the LED lamp, so you need much less power to achieve the same brightness.

Lumen indicates how high the luminous flux and thus the brightness of the illuminants is. The more lumens, the brighter.

Lampholders / Lamp sockets

For this subitem we could easily write our own guide based on the available information. A short differentiation: The socket is the part built into the lamp, the base is the part on the bulb. The E27 and E14 threads are most often used.

All “E” frames and bases go back to Thomas Alva Edison and are the oldest versions. The bulbs are simply screwed into the lamp here.

Also very common are the “G” and “GU” versions. These are bipin pin sockets, these bulbs are plugged into the lamp. With the “GU10” socket the bulb is additionally fixed by a twist lock.

If you want to change a bulb and do not know which lamp socket you need, we recommend that you take the old bulb with you to a shop. The staff can usually help you.

Additional functions

When it comes to additional functions, the range now extends far beyond the fan. Depending on your requirements, you will find lamps with remote controls, for dimming or with motion sensor. The lamps are also becoming more and more sophisticated.

Illuminants with two light temperatures or with RGB colour space, where you can choose from 16 million colours, are possible. As already mentioned, it depends on your requirements whether you need additional functions for your ceiling light or not. There are many possibilities.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about lighting and ceiling lamps

Problems caused by lighting – lamps and their environment

Light pollution

Light pollution means that the night sky is illuminated by artificial light. The best example of this is the starry sky; the bigger the city you are in, the fewer stars you can see in the sky.

Not only astronomers are influenced by this, but also the flora and fauna are negatively affected.

  • Plants are influenced in their growth cycles. They shed their leaves too late, which leads to frost damage
  • The orientation of migratory birds is impaired, so they fly against buildings
  • Freshly hatched sea turtles cannot find the water due to too much light

Physical problems caused by lighting

Your physique is influenced not only by light pollution, but also by the colour of light. Depending on the colour of light, your melatonin balance is disturbed.

This usually increases when it gets dark outside, making you tired. When you are in a brightly lit room, less melatonin is released, which means that you do not get tired anymore.

It can also lead to sleep problems. Your sleep is not so deep anymore because there is not enough melatonin in your body. As a result, your memory is also affected, because sufficient restful sleep is important for a functioning memory and your ability to learn.

Due to imperceptible light fluctuations, you may also suffer from nervousness. Here we have prepared a list of the problems that people can get through lighting:

  • malfunction of the day-night cycle
  • menstrual cycle disorder in women
  • Melatoninmangel
  • Sleep problems due to too light sleep
  • Impairment of memory and learning ability
  • Nervousness

Energy consumption

About 19% of the electricity generated worldwide is used for lighting. This means that almost one fifth of the total energy is used for this purpose.

Did you know that light bulbs and halogen lamps are banned by the EU Commission?
Light bulbs and halogen lamps are almost no longer available on the market. They can no longer be produced.
The ban serves a good purpose to save energy in Europe. In comparison, LED lamps save up to 90 percent in electricity costs.

So there is also a huge potential here for saving a lot of energy. If you only change one bulb with one LED, this means an energy saving of 80%. You could also reduce your energy costs by 44 to 56%.

The most expensive lamp in the world?

The most expensive lamp in the world was sold for $2.8 million. It is the “Pink Lotus” by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Since when is there electric light?

Thomas Alva Edison applied for a patent for the incandescent lamp in 1879. He thus laid the foundation for the use of electricity for lighting purposes.

Why are daylight ceiling lights advantageous?

Classical ceiling lights usually tire the eyes over time because the light is usually quite unnatural. A daylight lamp on the ceiling is healthier for the eyes because its light is based on natural sunlight. Full spectrum daylight lamps on the ceiling come closest to daylight.

A daylight lamp on the ceiling simulates natural sunlight and also has its positive features. Such a lamp can increase performance and concentration at the same time.

In addition, such a ceiling lamp can strengthen the immune system as a side effect. It is especially advantageous in winter months, when the sunlight outside shines little or not at all and the days are shorter.

What alternatives to ceiling lights are there?

In general, a distinction can be made between the following alternatives to ceiling lights:

  • Wall light
  • Pendant lamp and hanging lamp
  • Chandelier
  • Floor lamp
  • Table lamp

If a room has to do without a power connection on the ceiling, which can happen especially in old buildings, then a wall lamp is a good choice. This can illuminate the room just as well.

If you want a lamp at the dining table that not only puts the cooked food on the table in the right light, but also serves as an eye-catcher, then a pendant lamp or a hanging lamp is a good choice, although experts argue about the differences between these two terms. The fact is that both hang from the ceiling on ropes or chains.

If you want to hang a lamp in a room that is very high, you could choose a chandelier. These can illuminate a large room very well and often give the room a luxurious look and are therefore more expensive.

To get bright light at a specific place in a room, you can add a floor or table lamp, at a desk or office table. These give you more light than a ceiling lamp at certain points and are good for reading, but cover a smaller area.

On this page we distinguish between ceiling lamp and chandelier or pendant, as some online shops do. So by ceiling lights we mean lamps that are mounted directly under the ceiling without “hanging” into the room with an additional rope, chain or rod.

What does indirect or diffuse light mean?

Diffuse light means “scattered” light, i.e. the light is distributed evenly in the room and has only a slight shadow effect. In this case, the ceiling lamp usually has a not completely transparent lampshade made of glass or paper, through which a diffuse light is produced.

With indirect light, the light is radiated upwards from the ceiling lamp. This provides an indirect, pleasant and non-dazzling light. But if it should shine bright enough, you need strong light sources.

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