The Best Lights To Put On A Suspended Ceiling

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There are a variety of options to light a room with a suspended ceiling. Whether you’re looking for something modern and sleek or more traditional and classic, there’s a suspended ceiling light out there to suit your needs. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best ceiling lights to put in a suspended ceiling, including suspended ceiling lights as an option.

Suspended Ceiling Lights

Suspended ceiling lights are designed specifically for use with suspended ceilings. These lights fit into the ceiling grid and provide even, diffuse lighting throughout the room. Suspended ceiling lights are highly energy-efficient and come in a variety of styles, from basic fluorescent fixtures to high-end LED designs.

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is a popular choice for suspended ceilings. A recessed light fixture, sometimes known as a can light, is a style in which most of the fixture is behind the ceiling surface—not mounted on the surface or hanging down from the ceiling. By fitting flush with the ceiling, recessed lighting lends a clean, streamlined look to a room. It can increase the amount of light in a room, highlight artwork or other special features, or open up spaces so they look and feel bigger.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is another popular option for suspended ceilings. Pendant lights are lamps that mount to the ceiling. Unlike flush-mounted lights that stay close the ceiling, these hanging light fixtures dangle a downward-pointing light from a cord or chain. The light is usually diffused by a shade or, in instances of post-modern styles, like bare Edison bulbs, glows outward horizontally.


Chandeliers are a classic option for suspended ceilings. These lights feature multiple arms with bulbs attached, creating a luxurious and elegant look. Chandeliers come in a range of styles, from traditional crystal designs to modern and industrial.

Track Lighting

Track lighting is a versatile option for suspended ceilings. These lights feature multiple adjustable heads that can be aimed in different directions, allowing you to customize the lighting in the room. Track lighting is a great choice for highlighting artwork or other features in the room.

Choosing The Best Ceiling Light For You

When selecting a ceiling light for a suspended ceiling, it’s important to consider the height of the ceiling as well. If the ceiling is lower, a flush mount or semi-flush mount ceiling light may be a better option, as it won’t take up as much vertical space; if the ceiling is higher, a pendant light or chandelier can add visual interest and draw the eye upward.

Another consideration is the color temperature of the light. Warmer color temperatures (usually around 2700K-3000K) create a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Cooler temperatures (around 4000K-5000K) create a more energizing, modern look. Additionally, some LED lights are dimmable, allowing you to adjust the brightness as needed for different activities or moods.

For suspended ceiling lights, there are a several different types to choose from. Traditional fluorescent fixtures are still widely used, but they can be harsh and unflattering. LED panel lights are a newer option that provide even, diffused lighting while being highly energy-efficient. LED troffer lights are another option, designed to fit into the standard 2×4 grid of a suspended ceiling.

Finally, it’s important to consider the installation process when selecting a suspended ceiling light. Recessed lighting and suspended ceiling lights typically require cutting a hole in the ceiling tiles, which may require a professional installer. Pendant lights and chandeliers may require additional hardware and reinforcement to support their weight. Track lighting can be a more DIY-friendly option, as it simply clips onto the ceiling grid.

Overall, the best suspended ceiling light will depend on a variety of factors, including personal style, budget, room size, ceiling height, and function. Carefully considering these factors, you can choose a ceiling light that not only provides functional lighting but also enhances the overall look and feel of your space.


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Article written for Waldmann Lighting by Evolution Point