Home Design: Ditching the Boob Lights for Alternative Lighting Fixtures!

by | Nov 19, 2023 | Stephens Homes, Stephens Living

Hi everyone! Today, I want to chat about something we’ve all seen but might not have given much thought to – flush mount dome lights, commonly nicknamed “boob lights.” While they’re a common choice in many homes, there are reasons why you might want to consider alternative lighting fixtures. Let’s dive in and explore some fantastic options!

What are Flush Mount Dome Lights?

First off, let’s talk about flush-mount dome lights. These fixtures are popular because they’re affordable and easy to install. But, they can sometimes lack character and don’t always complement modern interior designs. Plus, they often don’t provide the most flattering light. It’s no wonder many of us are searching for something with a bit more pizzazz!

Alternative Lighting Fixtures
The very basic “boob-light”

Alternative Lighting Fixtures: Flush and Semi-Flush Mounts

Moving on, let’s explore the two best alternatives: flush mounts and semi-flush mounts. These fixtures can dramatically change the ambiance of a room. And hey, if you’ve got a room with a higher ceiling, consider a chandelier for that extra wow factor. Read our blog on Chandelier Sizing and Placement!

Flush Mounts

These fixtures sit close to the ceiling, offering a sleek, streamlined look. They’re perfect for spaces where you want a modern touch without overwhelming the room. Plus, they come in a plethora of styles and finishes, ensuring there’s something for every taste!

Semi-Flush Mounts

Semi flush mounts, on the other hand, drop down slightly from the ceiling, creating a more dynamic look. They’re ideal for adding a touch of elegance and are especially great in rooms where you want to make a subtle style statement.

Sizing It Right: Choosing the Correct Width

One of the most critical aspects of choosing the right fixture is getting the size correct. Since ceiling height isn’t a concern with flush and semi-flush mounts, the width is your main focus. The width should complement the room’s size and furniture scale, creating a balanced look. The general rule of thumb: If your room is 10 ft by 10 ft, add that together and then convert to inches. The mount you want will be 20 inches wide. You do NOT have to follow this rule but it’s a good one if you’re feeling stuck.

Swapping out those old flush mount dome lights for something more stylish, like flush or semi-flush mounts, can truly transform a space. It’s all about finding the right style and size to complement your room. I hope this guide helps you light up your home to reflect your unique style.


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