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How to Light a Vaulted Ceiling [A Quick Guide]

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling

When it comes to interior design, the sky's the limit. You can pretty much do whatever you want, as long as you have the right tools and know-how. One of the most popular trends in home decor is to add a touch of elegance by highlighting a vaulted ceiling. 

But before you go out and buy all the materials you need to install new lighting on a vaulted ceiling yourself, there are a few things you should know.

So, in this article, we will discuss some tips for lighting a vaulted ceiling.

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is one of the most popular choices for vaulted ceilings.

It’s a type of lighting that is installed into the ceiling itself, so it doesn't take up any space. Recessed lighting gives off a soft, diffused light that is perfect for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

To get started, you will need to purchase some recessed light fixtures - we have some great options here at Cavelights. Alternatively, you can find some at your local home improvement store.

Once you have the fixtures, you will need to install them into the ceiling. This can be a bit tricky, so it is best to hire a professional electrician to do this for you. If you want to try it yourself, we have an article all about how to install them when you don’t have attic access.

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with Pendant Lights

From a design standpoint, pendant lights are a great way to add interest to a vaulted ceiling.

Pendant lights can come in all shapes and sizes, so you can really have fun with them.

Plus, they’re ideal for task lighting, which is always a good idea in the kitchen or living room. Note: When hanging pendant lighting in the kitchen, make sure they’re at least 30 inches from the cook-top or other heat sources.

Here's how to install pendant lights:

  • Start by finding the center of the ceiling. This is where you’ll want to install your first light.
  • Use a stud finder to mark the location of the joists on either side of the center point.
  • Measure and mark the desired height of the pendant light.
  • Using a drill, make a hole at the marked location.
  • Feed the electrical wire through the hole and connect it to the junction box.
  • Install the canopy (the decorative plate that covers the junction box) and screw it into place.
  • Hang the pendant light from the canopy.
  • Repeat these steps for each light you want to install.

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with Chandeliers

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with a chandelier

Chandeliers offer an elegant solution for your vaulted ceiling that will make your space feel warm and inviting. Just be sure to hang them at the right height – you don’t want them to be too low or too high.

In general, a good rule of thumb is to hang them about 30 inches below the ceiling. This will ensure that they provide the right amount of light without being overwhelming.

And if you’re worried about them being too expensive, don’t be! Here at Cavelights we have plenty of affordable options that will look great in your home.

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with Track Lighting

If your vaulted ceiling has beams, track lighting is a great option to highlight these features.

Track lighting can also be used to create a more subtle look in your space. When used well, you can use a variety of different light bulbs to create the perfect atmosphere in your home.

Being able to adjust the light bulbs in track lighting is also helpful when you want to change the look of your space. You can use brighter light bulbs for a more dramatic look or softer light bulbs for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Lighting a Vaulted Ceiling with Accent Lighting

Just like in a room with a regular ceiling, you can use accent lighting in a vaulted ceiling space to highlight certain architectural features or pieces of art.

Uplights placed around the perimeter of the room can wash the walls and ceiling in soft, ambient light.

As well, spotlights focused on particular areas or objects can create a dramatic effect.

Closing Thoughts

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right lighting for your vaulted ceiling.

Consider the function of the space. If it’s a room where you’ll be spending a lot of time, like the living room or kitchen, you’ll want to make sure there is plenty of task lighting.

And then, think about the overall design of the space. From there, you can decide what type of lighting will work best.