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Cylinder Light Options and Applications in Non-Residential Settings

A cylinder light is a versatile lighting fixture that is popular in non-residential settings for its unique design and functionality. These lights, as the name suggests, come in cylindrical shapes and offer a blend of aesthetic appeal and practical illumination. 

In this blog, we will explore the definition and purpose of these fixtures and delve into the diverse options available. Additionally, we’ll discuss their applications in various commercial spaces, highlighting their potential to enhance both aesthetics and functionality.

Types of Cylinder Lights

Cylinder fixtures come in various forms, each with its own set of design characteristics and applications.


Surface-mounted cylinder fixtures are mounted flush, directly affixed to the ceiling or wall, and are known for their clean, contemporary design, making them suitable for a wide range of commercial applications. Surface-mounted cylinder lights can be tailored to match the decor of the space, and their adaptability to different settings is one of their primary strengths.


Pendant cylinder fixtures are suspended from the ceiling by a rod or cable, creating a dramatic, elegant look. They are available in various styles, including sleek and minimalist designs, as well as more ornate and decorative options. These fixtures can be used in an array of non-residential settings to add character while providing effective illumination. Solais offers a range of pendant cylinder lights, including their newest family of Droplits. 

LED Cylinder Light Fixture Use Cases

Cylinder lights are versatile lighting fixtures that can be used in various commercial settings to enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of a space. Here are some common use cases for these fixtures in commercial settings:

Restaurant and Bars: Cylinder lights can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in restaurants and bars. They can be used over dining tables, at the bar counter, or in lounge areas to provide focused task lighting while also adding to the overall ambiance.

Retail Stores: These fixtures can be used to highlight specific areas or products within a retail store. They can be used over display tables, or above checkout counters to create a well-lit and visually appealing shopping environment.

Office Spaces: Cylinder light fixtures in office settings can serve both functional and decorative purposes. They can be installed over workstations, conference tables, or in reception areas. Cylinder lights with adjustable heights can be used to tailor the lighting to specific tasks or areas.

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Hotel Lobbies and Common Areas: Using these fixtures in hotel lobbies, lounges, and common areas can make a grand impression on guests. They can be used to create a sense of luxury and style, often with unique and eye-catching designs.

In each of these scenarios, cylinder fixtures offer not only practical illumination but also the opportunity to enhance the visual appeal and ambiance of the space. When selecting cylinder lights for commercial settings, it’s essential to consider factors such as the size and height of the space, the desired ambiance, and the specific lighting needs to ensure they meet both functional and aesthetic requirements.

Cylinder Light Lighting Control Systems

Dimming and Brightness Controls

Brightness control not only allows for energy savings but also provides the flexibility to adjust the lighting to suit different scenarios and moods. In a restaurant, for instance, dimming the pendant cylinder lights during dinner service can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, while increasing the brightness for daytime use can promote a vibrant, welcoming ambiance. 

Color Temperature Control

The color temperature of lighting can have a profound impact on mood and productivity. Cylinder lights, especially those equipped with adjustable color temperature features, offer the versatility to cater to various needs. Field selectable lighting fixtures often feature a simple switch that allows you to choose the desired color temperature (some may also have a secondary switch to control wattage. Other LED lights are designed to automatically change the color temperature to a warmer hue as the light is dimmed (reminiscent of how the sun appears more amber at sunset vs the middle of the day).

Smart Lighting Integration

The integration of smart lighting solutions has revolutionized the way we control and manage lighting in non-residential spaces. Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows for automation, remote control, and customization of lighting based on occupancy, daylight, or specific events. A smart lighting system can automatically reduce lighting energy consumption during off-peak hours in an office building, for example, or it can create dynamic lighting displays in a retail store to attract customers. The possibilities are extensive, making smart lighting integration a promising option for modern commercial spaces.


Cylinder lights offer a blend of aesthetic appeal and practical illumination in non-residential settings. Their versatility and adaptability make them suitable for a wide range of applications, from restaurants and retail stores to office spaces and art galleries. Selecting energy-efficient fixtures with advanced control features not only enhances the aesthetics and functionality of non-residential spaces but also contributes to environmental sustainability. 

For expert guidance, contact Solais.

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