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Pendants have become increasingly
when current kitchen trends moved to an open floor plan,
the kitchen into the public area and increasing its usage as a
gathering space. Pendants help break up the open space
provided comfortable lighting with a dramatic visual
impact. They are designed as great decorative lighting,
which says a lot about your personal style. Decorative
lighting is meant to be seen and add huge visual style to a
room. Because of this, pendants come in a large array of
colors, designs, and sizes.
Looking at the pendant lights on sale today, you might
yourself overwhelmed with such an array of styles, colors, and
designs to choose from. Although you might be tempted to
immediately purchase the first pendant light design that takes
your fancy, it is important that you actually purchase one that
will fit your home, your style and your lighting needs. In
to do this, it might be helpful to know specific criteria in
choosing the right fixture. Here are four tips on how to buy
a pendant light that is perfect for the specific needs of
your living space.
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Best Pendant Lighting for Your Home
Assess Your Current Home
- Start things off by visualizing the space that you
to install a pendant light in and create a mental picture of
the exact look that you want to achieve.
- Browse lighting to look for pendant lights that would
the design style of the room and the statement you
- Size of pendants should be proportionate to the size
the room, number of pendants, and length of space.
Determine the number of pendant lights
- Use multiple pendants for spaces longer than 4
- 60-75 watts are recommended for every 20 inches of
- Odd over even number of pendants are preference, as it
provides a sense of balance, and visual appeal. While the odd
number rule is important, it’s also important to consider
situations where three pendant lights are too few, and five
pendant lights are too overwhelming. Even-numbered
décor is acceptable for practical reasons.
Determine the height
- The height should be close enough for lighting the
while providing an unobstructed view both sitting and
- Pendant lights should be between 28 to 38 inches above
the surface of the table or island where it is situated over.
Assess the distance between the ceiling and the place where
you want the lowest portion (in this case, the pendant) of
your light will be.
- If you don’t have a countertop, island, or table over
which you want to install pendants, the fixtures should be
about 72 inches above the floor.
Choose your mounting
- The general design of a pendant light can be pretty
straightforward, although there are actually different
mounting points from which a pendant light is hung from a
- A monopoint pendant is suspended from a single
fixture on the ceiling (which usually also covers the light
box). This type of pendant light offers the most
as you can install individual pendants anywhere you
want on the ceiling. Should you only need one or two pendant
lights, this is your best choice.
- A monorail mounting points is a single track
to hang pendants from the ceiling. The track itself can be a
point of aesthetic fascination. In fact, a
of pendant lights
arranged around a creatively designed circular track can make
just as good a centerpiece as a conventional
- A multipoint mount closely resembles track
lighting, and most people who employ this kind of pendant
lighting use wires instead of down rods for their
pendant lights are great for bedrooms or places where you are
allowed to push the bounds of creativity.
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Questions to Ask Yourself
• What is your purpose for buying a pendant
Do you need it to light up your study table or your kitchen
For busy work areas, you will need something that offers a lot
direct lighting in that particular space. On the other hand, if
you need pendant lights largely for their design, you can opt
less bright lighting, or you can get yourself a dimmer switch.
can also achieve mood lighting with a pendant light that does
necessarily have too much brightness.
• Low voltage and line voltage pendant lights?
Low voltage pendants have one distinct advantage: they are
considerably less expensive than standard voltage pendants.
also have smaller bulbs and subsequently smaller light fixtures
which is good if you’re looking to save on space. If
pendants are for task lighting standard voltage is recommended,
low voltage/LED lighting is more for atmospheric
lighting than task.
• What kind of shade do I want?
Translucent lights are
less limited when it comes to filtering
light. This means that it illuminates the space around it in
addition to the space below. Solid shades, on the other hand,
light in a mostly downward direction. This is an important
consideration, depending how you would like the light to give
If you don’t want your pendants to cast a glow, you’re better
with solid shades.
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Trends: What is In?
Pendant lights are valued mostly as task lighting fixtures
they are used to provide illumination for specific tasks. This
why they are most often installed in
kitchens. Pendant light fixtures can also make appearances in
other parts of the house because of their distinctive down
which appeal largely to minimal themes. Family
living rooms and mini bars are places that are benefitting more
and more from the installation of pendant lights. They have
made their way into the bathroom! Check out the bathroom
lighting buying guide for bathroom lighting tips on
LED lights in pendant lighting fixtures are on the rise,
especially for those homeowners that like colored lights.
a little more expensive, colored LED lights provide more vivid
colors compared to incandescent lighting. Mini bars are good
places for colored pendant lights.
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