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How to Buy a Pendant Lighting
Pendants have become increasingly popular
when current kitchen trends moved to an open floor plan, placing the
kitchen into the public area and increasing its usage as a gathering
space. Pendants help break up the open space and 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 find 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 order 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.
Choosing the Best Pendant Lighting for Your
Assess Your Current Home Décor
• Start things off by visualizing the space
that you want 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 fit the design style of the room and the statement you
• Pendant lights in dark colors are easier to
clean than those with lighter colors.
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• Size of pendants should be proportionate to
the size of the room, number of pendants, and length of space.
Determine the number of pendant lights
• Use multiple pendants for spaces longer
than 4 feet.
• 60-75 watts are recommended for every 20
inches of counter space.
• 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
Determine the height
The height should be close enough for lighting the space while providing
an unobstructed view both sitting and standing.
• 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
• 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.
your mounting point
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 ceiling.
• 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
versatility, 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 used to hang pendants from the ceiling. The track
itself can be a point of aesthetic fascination. In fact, a group
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. These pendant lights are great for bedrooms or
places where you are allowed to push the bounds of creativity.
Questions to Ask Yourself before Purchase
• What is your purpose for buying a pendant
Do you need it to light up your study table
or your kitchen table? For busy work areas, you will need something that
offers a lot of direct lighting in that particular space. On the other
hand, if you need pendant lights largely for their design, you can opt
for less bright lighting, or you can get yourself a dimmer switch. You
can also achieve mood lighting with a pendant light that does not
necessarily have too much brightness.
• Low voltage and line voltage pendant lights?
voltage pendants have one distinct advantage: they are considerably less
expensive than standard voltage pendants. They 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
• What kind of shade do I
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, cast light in a mostly downward direction. This is an important
consideration, depending how you would like the light to give off. If
you don’t want your pendants to cast a glow, you’re better off with
Lighting Trends: What is In?
Pendant lights are valued mostly as task
lighting fixtures as they are used to provide illumination for specific
tasks. This is 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 rods, which appeal largely to minimal
themes. Family rooms, living rooms and mini bars are places that are
benefitting more and more from the installation of pendant lights. They
have even made their way into the bathroom! Check out the
bathroom lighting buying guide
bathroom lighting tips
on pendant lights.
LED lights in
pendant lighting fixtures
are on the rise, especially for those homeowners that like colored
lights. Although 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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