Ideas for Cathedral Ceiling Lighting


Cathedral ceilings offer a high, wide open space for the ceiling of a room, typically a living room or bedroom. The ceilings give a room a spectacular appearance, but you might find that they are challenging to manage in terms of lighting. High ceilings make it difficult to change light bulbs and to illuminate the room properly.

Track Lighting

  • Track lighting is one option you can use for your cathedral ceilings to position the light in any area of the room you want. A track lighting fixture includes multiple sockets for light bulbs that you can direct into various areas of the room. You can focus the light on a particular part of the room or an object in the room to illuminate a decorative aspect or to provide light for an entire area of the room.


  • Most cathedral ceilings use skylights to allow natural light into the room. During the daylight hours, the light brought into the room is sufficient, but night hours and cloudy days do not provide enough illumination for most tasks in the room. Vented skylights also improve the air circulation in the room.

Recessed Lighting

  • Recessed lighting installs into the ceiling and provides ambient light for a room with a cathedral ceiling. This type of lighting may require special installation for use on a cathedral ceiling, but you can add to the layer of lights used in a large room with high ceilings.


  • Homes with a modern decor may choose spotlights on the cathedral ceiling to illuminate one area of the room. The spotlights are typically positioned with the light facing up toward the ceiling.

Table Lamps

  • For tasks such as reading, table lamps work well in a room with cathedral ceilings. Table lamps provide you with focused light for better illumination of the task you are performing.

Layered Lighting

  • In a room with cathedral ceilings, it is best to include multiple sources of light. A layered approach to lighting the room allows you to control the areas that are illuminated as well as the amount of light in the room at any given time.

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