Your Guide to Buying Glass Ceiling Lights

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Your Guide to Buying Glass Ceiling Lights

In modern times it’s become incredibly rare to find homes without electric lighting. They have become such an integral aspect of life as to be ignored most of the time, but they’re very important parts of a building. Whether it’s for an industrial factory or the smallest cottage, ceiling lights offer the main source of illumination to live by. Choosing a glass ceiling light gives incredible scope for practicality and elegance, in comparison to other materials.

About Glass Ceiling Lights

Lights which hang from, or are fixed to, the ceiling are a very old form of illumination. They pre-date electricity and were first seen in a primitive form of the modern chandelier, housing a number of candles to light a room. As technology advanced, they became lanterns, oil, gas and eventually electrically powered. Almost all modern glass ceiling lights are electric and now exist in hundreds of different shapes and sizes. The great variety of glass ceiling lights nowadays offers a wide range of options from which to light a home. Some are designed to be more practical and offer simple illumination, whilst others can be grand and made to contribute to the décor and style of a room. Mounting the search on eBay is the best way to find the right glass ceiling light, with the option to filter through a great range of options to find the perfect product.

Choosing a Glass Ceiling Light

Buying a glass ceiling light with the right characteristics is essential in making it work in a certain space. Too large and it can overpower, too small and it can leave the room in darkness. Decided on the type of ceiling light is the first step of the search.

Type of Glass Ceiling Light


Suspended lighting is attached to the ceiling via an extended arm or flexible material, often wires or chains. Suspended lighting is very decorative and often seen as a luxurious option, chandeliers are an example of suspended lighting.


Recessed lighting sits within the ceiling itself, in a shallow hole large enough to house the fitting. As a very minimal design movement, recessed lighting is common in more modern households.


Flush and semi flush mounted lighting are normally seen in buildings with low ceilings or particularly small rooms. Flush lighting is installed level to the ceiling and semi-flush protrudes slightly, offering a happy medium between decoration and practicality.


Track lighting and spot lights both fall into the modern category of design. Spot light bulbs are often installed on a “track” which allows for more directional task lighting, the bulbs are often mounted in moveable brackets to allow for different highlighting.


In industrial buildings like factories and particularly large kitchens, fluorescent tubes are often used in place of smaller bulbs. These offer the best illumination for areas which require the best visibility.

Room of Glass Ceiling Light


The hallway of a house or building is often decorated in a way to offer the best aesthetic impact and first impressions. Glass ceiling lights offer fantastic scope for this, as the light can be thrown around the space in pleasing shapes and styles. Almost all chandeliers are made with glass panels and are popular in larger entryways and hallways.

Living Room

The living room of a home is a popular social room and, as such, requires good lighting. Glass ceiling lights in the living room give a good balance between being a contribution to the decor and providing enough light to socialise by.


Whether in an office environment or in a home study, work-based lighting needs to be focused for particular tasks or activities. This can be simply providing light enough around the room to work comfortably within, or more specific directional lights like spot bulbs mounted in track lighting.


Task lighting is very important in the kitchen, so glass ceiling lights are the best option. As opposed to opaque shades or other translucent materials, glass loses very little light and allows for a brighter illumination.

Dining Room

Whilst still needing a practical source of light, dining rooms often call for a more grandiose affair. Suspended glass ceiling lights are a great solution to this, with chandeliers topping the group.

Other Materials of Glass Ceiling Light


Some of the most common metal used in conjunction with glass panels in glass ceiling lights are chrome, aluminium, and brass. These all contribute to the luxury feel of a glass ceiling light, whilst still being practical and easy to maintain. Bear in mind that brass may need polishing infrequently.

Valuable Metals

Bronze, silver, and gold are all popular materials found in glass ceiling lights. Whilst a more expensive metal, they bring an essence of grandeur to the fixture but may require maintenance. It’s worth bearing in mind that there are cheaper alternatives which look just as good.


Plastic is often used as the structure or frame of a glass ceiling light. Care must be taken when selecting a plastic light, as some are not resistant to the heat given off by different types of bulbs. Always check whether the material is suitable.

Style of Glass Ceiling Light


Glass is a very versatile material for ceiling lights, as it lends itself to many styles. Modern and minimal design movements are very monochromatic and use transparent materials a lot. The fabric and plastic light shades that were popular in the 1990s and early 2000s are falling behind the use of glass in modern fixings.


Most chandeliers are made with glass panels, often with printed designs. Stained glass is another example of how the material can be used for more traditional styles too. It’s worth bearing in mind that when buying a traditional glass ceiling light on eBay, check for its condition and particularly where the glass is joined with other materials.


Sometimes ceiling lights are installed just to provide illumination for a space, with little thought towards designs or styles of decor. Glass is a great material for this also, as it can provide protection for the fragile light bulb and allow the maximum light through it as a transparent material.

Function of Glass Ceiling Light


Glass and clear plastic are the most suitable materials for task lighting. Task lighting is designed to provide directed and focused light towards a certain area to allow for an activity or exercise which requires good lighting. Glass ceiling lights are great for this purpose, especially when coupled with flexible fixings, track lighting, or spotlight bulbs. Glass is the least resistant of light passing through it.


Decorative glass ceiling lights have been popular for many years, as evidenced in the chandelier. Its ability to be stained, coloured, and textured allows for an aesthetic spread of light. Textured glass can create pleasant shadows and highlights around a room, whilst coloured glass can change the colour of the glow.

Bulb of Glass Ceiling Light


Filament bulbs have been used widely in home lighting for decades. They’re cheap to produce, bright, and last for a long time between replacements. Currently being slowly rolled back in favour of LED bulbs, buying a glass ceiling light which only fits filament bulbs might be a bad decision in the long run.


LED bulbs are a brighter, longer lasting, and much more energy efficient solution to lighting a space. The bulbs can be much smaller, and they burn with almost no heat, making them a much safer option.


Homes and buildings would be very different places without ceiling lights, and much dimmer places without glass ceiling lights. Being able to lend itself to both traditional and modern designs, functional and decorative; glass is the perfect material for ceiling lights. With thousands of styles and types of glass ceiling light, eBay offers the unique ability to search through them in one easy place. Always remember when buying used goods to check for the condition and ask any questions if necessary.

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