One of the most popular questions I get asked by clients is what they should be doing with their boob lights. Most of us have had at least one at some point in our lives, but we sure do loathe them!

So what is a “boob light”?

A boob light is a cheap light fixture that builders often put in new build homes. They’re called boob lights because the center part looks like a woman’s breast, and for us designers we absolutely hate them. Not only for the fact that they’re unsightly to look at, but they are quite dated and basic.

An example of a boob light!


That brings me to the main topic for this blog post! What replacements can you install for existing boob lights? There are a number of different options and considerations to consider, so let’s take a look!

Plain drum light fixtures are good alternatives for boob lights, especially for smaller rooms! 


Examine The Location


Firstly, it’s important to understand the location of your boob lights so you can narrow down the search for a replacement fixture. Here are some questions to ask yourself and consider for the replacement:

Does a door swing directly underneath the light fixture?

What finishes are currently used in this space?

The answers to these questions will help you to find the perfect replacement!

A simple with contrasting finishes adds a modern touch without being over the top! 


Low Profile Options – Flush Mount


You may have a boob light in your home which is installed directly above a door swing, or has the potential to be within the door swing zone. If this is the case, you should consider low-profile light fixtures for replacement. These include flush mount and semi-flush mount ceiling fixtures depending on the space available.

There are lots of different flush mount options on the market and it can become overwhelming! If you’re in any doubt, look for something simple. A drum fixture that is finished in a contrasting metal to the rest of the space is a fantastic route for replacing your boob lighting.

Make sure to check the light dimensions before purchasing, especially for those close to door swings!


Semi-Flush Mount Options

This Sputnik-style light fixture is a great replacement for boob lights as it provides a mid-century modern design to a space!  


Popular choices for replacing boob lights are semi-flush ceiling fixtures! These are similar to flush mount fixtures in that they sit relatively close to the ceiling, however, they have a small downrod to separate the fixture from the ceiling. Semi-flush fixtures look can look like little chandeliers rather than flush mounts.

Depending on your location, you may also wish to consider replacing your boob lights with ceiling fans that have a light kit included.


Decorative Options

I love this because it adds some glam and style to spaces.  


Another alternative to the boob lights you may have installed around your home are decorative options. There are fixtures to suit any interior design style but some you may like to consider are the caged design, Sputnik styles or modern LED ring designs.

Our favorites include layered drum-style fixtures and crystallized designs. These add a stylish and glam touch to the lighting in your home and also provide some visual interest! You and your guests won’t be distracted by the boob-looking light fixture!

Decorative semi-flush ceiling fixtures are our favorite replacements for boob lights because they add style to the interior!


Choosing the Finish

A e like this one is a simple yet effective swap!  


Many homeowners get stuck when choosing the finish for their light fixtures. In actual fact though, there are two main routes you can take.

Firstly, you can match your lighting finish with other metals in the room. Such as cabinet hardware or plumbing. This creates a cohesive feel in the space.

 If you fancy adding some interest into the room you should use a contrasting finish. For example, if your cabinet hardware is gold you may wish to go for a black light fixture!


What do you think of these alternative boob light fixtures?! Have you replaced some boob lights in your home? I’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments!