Ambient lighting refers to the overhead lights in any space, and in a hallway, it can come in the form of several different fixture types. You can choose pendant lights, recessed lights, or semi-flush lights for your hall, and the type of fixtures you pick will depend on a few things, including the height of the hallway ceiling and how much natural light the space gets.
If your hallway ceiling is above 9 feet, you should be able to add hanging fixtures such as pendants along the length of the corridor. Anything lower than 9 feet, and you risk the hanging light being in the way as people pass through the hall. If the ceiling is standard height, then flush or semi-flush lights can be the way to go. You can also install recessed lights between the regular fixtures for more illumination and better lighting balance.
Speaking of balance, repetition and symmetry can be your best friends when it comes to hallway lighting. You’ll likely want to install multiple ambient lights on the ceiling, and having three or four of the same fixture style can make the space feel complete. You’ll also want to make sure the lights are spaced evenly so that the entire length of the hallway is illuminated.
If the hallway has windows on one side, you might not need as many ambient lights, since the space will get a certain amount of natural light each day. We can help you decide just how many lights will be necessary or ideal for your hallway based on what time of day you’re usually at home and how much lighting you feel is best for the space.
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