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What preposition should I use when referring to the lamp in / on the ceiling?

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  • This picture shows three different lights—the large one (chandelier style), the smaller round ones recessed into the ceiling, and the hidden "cove lighting" that's actually lit. Which are you referring to? – spoko Mar 7 '18 at 23:52
  • If there is a difference in the andwer then it'll be intersting to know about both chandelier and the smaller round ones recessed into the ceiling. – Judicious Allure Mar 8 '18 at 0:11
  • OK. I described both of those in my answer below. – spoko Mar 8 '18 at 1:02
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That chandelier-style lamp is on the ceiling, or is hanging from the ceiling. Your picture also shows some recessed lights (see my picture below), which could be described as being in the ceiling.

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