You have one, I know you do. The boob lights plague most American homes & apartments and I get it—they’re cheap for builders to use but hot dang, they are ugly.
I mean, who wants little tittie lights when you could have a stunning statement ceiling light or a even a cute little flush mount that doesn’t look like it should be wearing a bra.
After realizing the fans at our cabin all have those round boob light attachments, I went on a rampage to figure out how to do a boob light replacement and it turns out, it’s not too hard. You just need the right pieces and direction.
This ceiling light fixture shape falls under the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon – once you notice it, you see it everywhere.
I went happily and blissfully in my 20’s living in crappy college apartments and then our San Francisco studio not really paying attention to the hallways lights at all. And then one day I saw a TikTok about how everyone has a boob light in their home.
You can’t escape them. Don’t believe it? Go, look, right now.
So I got out of bed and looked up to the ceiling and was like “wait, when did I get titty lights?? NOOO” And now I can’t help but notice mount boob lights everywhere I go and their utter lack of personality.
Thankfully, they can be replaced.
How To Do A DIY Boob Light Replacement
It’s pretty easy to swap out a boob light. In many instances, you can replace boob lights without rewiring. Just unscrew the glass and install a new light into it. Easy peasy.
There’s also boob light conversion kits you can order to help screw the new light in properly without taking the whole things out. They’re actually called flush mount conversion kits and you need to make sure you order the right size.
But of course, sometimes you need to take out the whole ceiling titty and install something new, but an electrician can do quickly.
Flush mount light fixtures are mounted directly on the ceiling, with no gap between the wall and fixture. This type of lower-profile lighting is a great and practical option for when there isn’t enough ceiling clearance for hanging fixtures, AKA basements and rooms with dropped ceilings.
Since they’re flush to the ceiling, you don’t have to worry about frequent dust and dead bugs gathering inside the fixture like you might with some other styles.
A lot of boob lights are also flush mounts, but don’t worry—there’s tons of better options that’ll fit any aesthetic. I found some replacement flush mount lights that would look great in your home! (Begone, flush mount boob!)
Semi Flush Mount
Semi-flush fixtures are ceiling lights partially mounted to the ceiling with a minimal gap from the fixture to the ceiling. They hang down slightly, but aren’t as dramatic as pendant lights or chandeliers, which still makes them a good light fittings for low ceilings.
One of the advantages of semi-flush mount lighting fixtures is better ambient light effect, since there’s more space between the ceiling and fixture than flush mounts, which only provide direct downward light. This makes semi-flush mounts popular for areas in the house that might need more light, like a kitchen or living room.
Recessed lighting fixtures are installed directly in holes that have been cut from a ceiling or wall and lay flush to the surface. (They’re also known as can lights and down lights.) This type of lighting is more understated than most fixtures and is great for homes where you want to highlight the home decor or interior design.
Recessed fixtures take up no extra room, making them the best option for tight spaces and will make any space feel bigger (and brighter)!
Unfortunately, recessed lighting options aren’t the best fit for most renters, unless its been pre-approved by your landlord. Installation is also best left to the professionals since you don’t want to risk electrical issues or misshapen holes in your ceilings! For renter-friendly boob light replacements, I would check out the flush mount recommendations.
This category might be my favorite alternatives to boob lights. Like a pendant on a necklace, pendant lighting fixtures are suspended from the ceiling, often by something like a cord, rod, or chain. They typically have a single light source that’s housed by a decorative shade.
Pendant lights are great for providing direct task lighting, so they’re popular in kitchens or right above a desk.
Since they hang lower than flush and semi-flush mount lighting fixtures, pendant fixtures are better left to spaces with higher ceilings so you don’t risk banging your head or breaking the shade.
I hope this post gave you some ideas and inspiration so you won’t have to look at those boobs on your ceilings for too much longer! There’s so much more out there than ugly boob lights and I’m excited to find the perfect fixtures for our cabin.
Leave a comment and let us know how your boob light replacement journey goes and if there’s any cool replacement light fixtures we missed on the list!