8 Ways to Light Your Fireplace for Effect

No matter what fireplace type, style or size you have, the best way to show off it is with the appropriate lighting. Fireplace light not only is functional, but it also helps emphasize your fireplace as a focal point in your home.

There are over thousands of light options to choose from, so it can get overwhelming. Let’s take a peek at some industry-standard lights used on fireplaces to get started.

Aneka Interiors Inc..

Tape light. Relatively new to the current market, tape light is so called because it has hundreds of small lights fixed to a flexible band that comes off a roll — just like tape. This living room has it over the molding on the ceiling and over the fireplace mantel.

Design tip: whilst tape lighting can be great when you need to light lots of footage that is linear, in addition, it can get very expensive depending upon the manufacturer.

Schnarr Craftsmen Inc

Hockey pucks. The flat, round shape of these lights gave them their name. These small lights provide an immediate line of light which works great in small spaces. Here they throw little scallops of light from the stone fascia.

Design tip: This typical light fixture is available in almost every finish and material to satisfy your design.

ASID, Christopher A Rose AIA

Carriage lights. These lights are usually used on exteriors. Once utilized to light up horse-drawn carriages, they now add a traditional element and a heavy visual focus.

Design tip: Since they have a glass enclosure, carriage lights are fantastic for outdoor spaces.

Amy Noel Design

Backlighting. This entire fireplace is lit from behind its quartzite slab encircle. When all the lights are off, this stone will illuminate the space with a warm and soft glow.

Design tip: Check with your own plumber to learn what kind of lighting should be used to light your slab, since there are many choices.

Reaume Construction & Design

Sconces. Wall sconces are one of the most commonly used lights in contemporary homes. They’re perfect for geometric layouts — attempt using them to flank a fireplace or artwork hung over it, as shown here.

Design tip: Try to install your sconce at a height of about 66 inches — this is just about eye level for most people.

Murphy & Co.. Layout

Pendants. A pendant light hangs from a chain, cord or stem and has a domed canopy at the top to hide the electrical box. Although it is not usually the sort of lighting that’d be used on a fireplace focal point, the pendants shown here make a big impact.

Design tip: Pendant lights include additional feet of chain, cord or stem which can be corrected to the necessary height.


Can lights. Here the can light is shining to the small ceiling over the fireplace — called a soffit — so the light can illuminate the stone.

Design tip: Can light comes in sizes which range from a 3-inch diameter to some 6-inch diameter.

Nancy Sanford, Inc..

Eyeball lights. Similar to the can light, eyeball lights are recessed into the ceiling, but the interior has a swivel mechanism which enables it to move like an eyeball. This light is great for casting light directly onto objects like artwork or mantel displays.

Design tip: Eyeball lights will be greatest on a darker, so it’s possible to control the amount of light disperse. Turn them up when entertaining and flip them down to ambience.

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