6 Best Types Of Office Ceiling Lights to Match Your Decor

Office ceiling lights

Person 1: What are the ceiling lights?

Person 2: Lights fixed on the ceiling instead of floor and walls are called ceiling lights.

Person 1: Okay. Then what are the office ceiling lights?

Person 2: Well, ceiling lights fixed in the office or the workplace are called office ceiling lights. These are designed and installed in consideration of the needs of the office staff, place, and vibe.

Person 1: Does it have any types?

Person 2: Of course. You can choose from a wide range, from recessed lighting to LED panel lighting, flush lighting to cove lighting.

Person 1: Nice. There are many options, so choosing one for my office would be easy.

Person 2: There you go! If you want to know more, read the full blog, and you will get an idea of different types of ceiling lights.

Due to the availability of many options for ceiling lights, the below-mentioned are categorized lights based on structure and illumination.

Recessed Lighting

recessed lightingSource: Huayi
Rectangular Office Ceiling Lights

These are also called downlights or can lights. These are fixed on the ceiling and are illuminated downwards. The wiring and electrical components are hidden from view. Recessed lights are a perfect choice if you’re decorating your workplace with a minimalistic approach. It illuminates the room and provides a more coverage area. 

You may have encountered four recessed lights: halogen recessed lighting, incandescent recessed lighting, compact fluorescent light (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED).

Different trims are available for various places to accentuate the light. For example, wall wash trims can be used to highlight architectural pieces. In contrast, lensed trims can be installed outdoors or in bathrooms. These types of lights avoid clutter and provide uninterrupted and proper light.

Hyda is a rectangular recessed light made with an aluminum die-casting process. The source of illumination is a cree LED. 

What more?

  1. Provides vertical downlighting
  2. Minimalistic light
  3. Light up the room uniformly

LED Panel Light

LED Panel Office Ceiling LightsSource: Metal Lux
LED Panel Office Ceiling Lights

Light Emitting Diode (LED) is a trendy light with many advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs. The LEDs provide remarkable illumination and uniform lighting. These are generally available in circular or square shapes. You can fix these lights as per the need of the place. You can install them in recessed lights; they may be mounted on a surface or hung from the ceiling. These are the top choices if you’re looking for a long-term ceiling-light solution.

What more?  

  1. Easy installation
  2. Longer lifespan
  3. Brighter illumination

Cove Lighting

Cove Lighting for Office

In literal terms, cove means a sheltered and protected area. Similarly, cove lighting is installed in such a manner that the source of light is hidden from the view, and only illumination is visible. As the light source is hidden, the installation process is quite complex. 

Therefore, it requires high techniques and skilled people to install them. Cove lights can fit into ledges, valances, and recesses. The lights can illuminate in different colors, such as warm white, natural white, and cool white. It can be the favorite choice for summer months, as it generates less heat and is energy efficient.

What more?

  1. Used to highlight decorative items
  2. Improves productivity
  3. Aesthetic appeal

Modern Ceiling Lights

Modern ceiling lights for officeSource: HIND RABII
Modern Ceiling Lights for Office

This office ceiling lights welcome change and variety to traditional and old-school fashioned lights. The ceiling lights can be asymmetrical, improper, or can mold into any shape. Usually, glass and metal materials impart a modern look to the rooms. 

You may have many options on finishings such as glossy, brushed, polished, or matte-finished;  textures have variety, too, like sleek or dented surfaces. Preferred colors in modern ceiling lights are white, cream, and beige. 

What more?

  1. Lightweight
  2. It gives a vibrant look to the space
  3. Flexible hanging lights 

Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

Barn Stem Flush Mount Ceiling LightsSource: Industville
Barn Stem Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

Installing flush-mount ceiling lights leaves little space between the ceiling and the body of the lighting. It shines light downwards and provides optimum light to brighten up the room. It is ideal for low ceilings and keeps dust and debris at bay. 

The flush mount ceiling lights are helpful for high-traffic spaces like living rooms, halls, or kitchens. The looks may range from classic to contemporary as per the need. Barn stem ceiling light is made of copper and goes with minimal and industrial interiors. It is suitable for modern and contemporary decor and will transform your workspace.

What more?

  1. Ideal for low ceilings
  2. Provide the optimal amount of light
  3. Environment-friendly

Semi-Flush Ceiling Lights

Semi-flush ceiling lightsSource: Ilfari
Semi-Flush Office Ceiling Lights

It is also a close-to-ceiling type of light, but there is a slight difference between flush mount and semi-flush ceiling lights. The semi-flush ceiling lights are hung at a certain distance from the ceiling. A combination of metal and fabric can be seen in Airwave semi-flush ceiling lights that are produced in a luxury style.

The main advantage of this type of light is that it is favorable in high-ceiling rooms. These are easily installed in sloped ceilings. It has been used for ages and has evolved per fashion and trends. It has an aesthetic appeal and brings ambient light to the room.

What more?  

  1. Provides more coverage area
  2. Flexible fixtures
  3. Accentuate the ceiling 


Working with office ceiling lights is a creative task, as one can explore the ceiling area and easily blend in or stand out with the office accessories. A crucial job in ceiling lights is assembly and installation.

Therefore, you should call an expert or skilled person for installation to prevent such risks. As mentioned earlier, ceiling lights are pretty elaborately described and thus give you an overview to choose the best-suited ceiling lights for your office or workplace. Visit Arcedior, and shop for ceiling lights that match your decor. Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are office ceiling lights called?

Office ceiling lights are known by different names respective to their installation and fixtures. For example, close-to-ceiling lights have two types: flush-mount ceiling and semi-flush ceiling lights. Similarly, recessed lights go by the name downlight or can light. 
The vocabulary of the office ceiling lights changes as per the materials used (glass, metal, wood, fiber), types of trims (baffle, wall washed, eyeball, lensed), and types of bulbs (incandescent, LED, CFL, halogens) and types of fixtures (ambient, accent, task).
Ambient light provides uniform illumination to the room and brightens the overall space. Accent lighting highlights sculptures, architectural features, or decorative items. As the name, it accents the features of the showpieces. If you are performing any task, then task lights will help you to do it easily. For example, table lamps help you to access the light during the dark and help in performing specific tasks. You can install them on the ceiling as office ceiling lights.

Which type of ceiling light is best?

Well, the best ceiling light can have the following mentioned characteristics:
 1. brings comfort,
 2. illuminates the room,
 3. brightens up the space,
 4. longer lifespan.
Some office ceiling lights are aesthetically pleasing, while some are installed to highlight decorative items. Therefore, you should filter out ceiling lights that are energy efficient, have uninterrupted lighting, and have better productivity at work.

What are different types of ceiling lights called?

The designation of office ceiling lights changes with their changing fixtures, installed surfaces, textures, hanged or kept. Pendant and inverted pendant lights are called hanging lights.
The chandelier is a suspended light that adds grandeur to the installed space. You will get glass, metal, or wooden material in chandeliers. 
A hidden light source from the viewer gives an illusion of heightened walls and ample space and is done by cove lights. Cove lights are highly used in modern interior decor, making the room look larger.

Is recessed lighting good for an office?

Straight answer. YES. Recessed lights are the top choices for office projects. These lights provide ambient lighting, which is bright, uniform, and uninterrupted. Recessed lights are the best choice if your office is designed with a minimalistic approach. It works in low ceilings, high ceilings, false ceilings, sloped ceilings, coffered ceilings, or shed ceilings.

What are the benefits of using LED panel lights?

The benefits of LED lights are energy efficiency, more productivity, flexible fixture, wide coverage area, easy installation, and availability of different shapes. In addition, these are environment-friendly, versatile in nature, low heat generators, directional lighting with good range, can withstand extreme climatic conditions, are durable, and have controllable beam angles.
Furthermore, it has very low UV emission, which makes them ideal for UV-sensitive items that are kept mainly in museums, art houses, and laboratories.

What is cove lighting in a false ceiling?

The lights and electrical wirings from the viewer are hidden and placed inside the recesses, called cove lighting. These are energy-efficient lights  that improve productivity and are aesthetically pleasing too. 
Consequently, cove lights accentuate the false ceilings and brighten up the room. You can use LED steps, pipes, and tubes as the cove lights. The backlit cove lights are also fashionable and give an illusion of a different light source in the false ceiling.

image sources

  • hyda00038-3x10w: Huayi
  • Dado-L-50-X-50-Ceiling-Lamp: Metal Lux
  • WLG3000-Opalin-Namea: HIND RABII
  • Barn-Stem-Flush-Mount: Industville
  • Airwave-C5-XL: Ilfari
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