Can You Remodel Lights For A Sloped Ceiling?

Sloped ceiling with hanging lights and beams

Sloped ceilings can be an attractive and artist component of your home’s design, but many homeowners end up wondering if sloped ceilings will pose an issue when it’s time to remodel their light fixtures.

Generally it’s not a lot of extra work, but in today’s post we’ll dive into some details about that for you to consider, based on your own setup.

Chandeliers On Sloped Ceilings

Chandeliers and other hanging lights attach to a canopy, which mounts to the ceiling. Generally you don’t need any specialized mount that is shaped to the exact slant of the ceiling, since the chain hanging from it will hang straight down, following gravity.

That means that regardless of your ceiling’s slope, the hanging lights will always be straight.

The main consideration for hanging lights is the distance from the floor. Many homeowners are afraid of the lights hanging too low and being something people have to duck under when walking around. Unfortunately that sometimes leads to the lights being hung too high up. When that happens, the hanging lights won’t create enough ambient light for the room.

Sloped Ceiling Recessed Lighting Options

In the past the main way you’d see lights recessed up into the ceiling were the can-style holders with special bulbs in them. They worked, but they aren’t nearly as flexible as some of the recessed lighting options available today.

These days there are recessed lighting options as slim as 1 inch, and they can be pointed in any direction. That allows homeowners to control the light in the room far better, angling each light where it makes the most sense. It’s not only functional, but also allows you to get creative with the tone of the room since you can control subtle focal points and shadows or balance ceiling light against natural light from windows.

Another modern feature is the ability to select specific colors for the ceiling lights. If you’d like options for red tones or any other colors you can certainly do that, and link them into smart home functionality to toggle when needed.

Angled recessed lights can function as accent lighting, enhancing other lights you have in the room.

But even if you’re not looking for something as stark as red or blue lights, the recessed lighting color options still allow you to select within light tones that are more typical to light bulbs.

The difference between a very white “daylight” light and a warmer, more orange tone light is significant.

Whiter lights will give a more natural daylight kind of look, more like being outside. The way that light hits objects can sometimes make it slightly easier to perceive detail, which is a plus. On the other hand, some people find white light harsher than warmer tones.

Warmer colored light projects a sense of comfort and intimacy, which can be ideal for living rooms or even bedrooms so the light won’t seem as intense when you’re getting ready for bed.

Other Questions

There usually aren’t adjustments needed to the electrical wiring if you’re simply changing out one hanging fixture for another, or changing out recessed lights. Some degree of wiring alterations may be needed if you’re adding new lights on a sloped ceiling where there previously weren’t any.

We explore these considerations during our assessment for homeowners and work that into our bid. The goal is to be as comprehensive as possible so there are no surprises mid-job.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for remodeling lights for sloped ceilings — whether you’re using recessed lighting or hanging lights.

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