Everything You Want to Know About Pendant Lights

Everything You Want to Know About Pendant Lights

by Sushant Mehta

Lighting has taken a fashion status in recent years—particularly with ever-popular, stylish pendants. They’re a great way to show off high ceilings or to add a dash of personal style to any space. Plus, there’s a style for practically every room, from contemporary to retro to industrial to glam.

However, more options sometimes may make picking the right pendant for a particular space even more difficult. Should you go for a linear pendant or a shade one? Would a retro or an industrial look suit better? How low should you hang a pendant?

If questions like these are troubling you, this post is all you need. In this guide we’ll cover all you need to know about pendant lights, so let’s get started.

Learn about different types of pendant light

Want to use pendant lights to make a space look more visually appealing? Then you must know which type of pendant light works best in which situation.

Some of the common types of pendants are as follows:

  • Multi-Light Pendants – Also known as cluster pendants, these pendants can feature as few as just two lights to as many as twelve lights, all connected to a central light fixture. Multi-light pendants are a perfect choice when you wish to emulate the look of a conventional chandelier or when you have just one overhead electrical opening. They are typically perfect for installing over round and rectangular tables.
  • Inverted Pendants – Also referred as up-light pendants, they project light upward toward the ceiling. As such, they are perfect for ambient lighting or general illumination. They are typically used for lighting entrance hallways and dining areas.
  • Linear Pendants – These are composed of several lights running along a single canopy. They are similar to multi-light pendants and, as such, can be easily used in their place.
  • Drum-shade Pendants – These pendants feature a cylindrical shaped diffuser, usually made out of hardback or malleable fabric.
  • Shades Pendant – A glass shade is exposed with a single globe. Group them for creating a dramatic effect in the living or dining room.


Keep the height of the ceiling in mind

The general rule of thumb is to keep at least 2 meter of clearance while installing pendant lights in open spaces, so that people can walk easily underneath.

That said, clearance needed largely depends these three things:

  • The amount of area you want the light to illuminate
  • The placement of the light fixture
  • The height of the light fixture

For living rooms, bedrooms, and open foyers, maintain at least a 7-foot clearance. In case of an 8-foot ceiling, instead of pendants consider low-profile flush-mount.

If you’re using pendants in a hallway, keep at least a clearance of 6 foot.

For bathrooms, ideally an 8 foot clearance should be kept from the bottom of your pendant light and the top of the bath tub. If that’s not possible, at least maintain a 3-feet clearance.

Take the size and shape of the table into account

Linear pendants or multi-light pendants go well with long rectangular or oval tables. For square or round tables, on the other hand, place a single pendant light in the middle. In comparison, multi-light pendant lights can create a stunning effect when used with a round canopy.

Pick the right size

Your pendant light shouldn’t disrupt the design of the living space. It should be neither too big nor too small for the space. That way you can maintain a harmonious balance.

Go for easy-to-clean pendants

Pendant lights come in all sorts of designs. In case if cleaning is a task you find tedious, opt for pendants that are easy to clean. Furthermore, clean the pendant lights using a soft cloth in place of a vacuum cleaner, since the latter can damage the metal or the globe.

Final words

Pendant lights can help you create a warm, comfortable, and inviting atmosphere in your home. Follow the right clearance, location or placement, and space to make the home interior more stylish and appealing. Keep the tips discussed in this post in mind while shopping for pendants; they’ll keep you create the desired effect.

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