Pendant Lamps and Pendant Lighting Decoration Lighting adds drama, provides illumination, unifies decor, and creates ambiance. One of the most versatile interior lighting fixtures is the pendant lamp. Pendants are single light fixtures that hang from the ceiling or are suspended from a light track or monorail. Pendant lamps make terrific accessory lights and also serve handily as primary light sources. A large pendant lamp can make an elegant statement set in the dining room. Often pendants are used in groups of three or more; hung in an even line, hung at varying heights, or hung in clusters to suit the mood and style of a room.

Pendant Lamps and Pendant Lighting Decoration
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Pendant Lamps as Decoration

Designers like to refer to pendant lamps as jewelry for the home. One clever use for pendant lamps is as a replacement for the nightstand lamp where hanging a pendant or group of small pendant lamps above the nightstand provides excellent illumination and frees up surface area. Pendant Lamps are oftentimes chosen specifically for their form as much as their function.

And it is what they can bring to a room in terms of dressing it up that gives pendant lamps their appeal. In fact, pendant lamps exhibit a range of elegance, style, whimsy, sophistication, and chic that no other lighting element can match. You can find a number of specialty retailers that even offer pendant lamps designed and manufactured by artisans-so you can have a pendant lamp that is not only a functional luminary, but also a work of art destined to be a unique conversation piece.

Pendant Lighting Options

Your options when selecting pendant lighting therefore, are virtually unlimited. If size is a concern, rest assured pendants from mini (5" wide or less) to mega (over 42" wide) are available. Prices for pendant lamps run the gamut from around $15 to over $4,000 for a high end model.

Manufacturers of pendant lamps use every material imaginable. Hand-blown, tiffany-style, and mille fiore glass, natural materials like seashells, cloth, and alabaster, as well as brushed aluminum, stainless steel, and pewter, are some of the popular materials from which the shades are made. Finishes in hammered brass, chrome, nickel, gold, antique bronze, carbon, and vinyl white are among the sea of offerings.

Residential lighting can be categorized into three groups:

  • Ambiance - offers an overall warm appearance throughout the home
  • Accent - spotlights specific features in the home such as artwork, flooring, or architectural details
  • Task - focuses on areas where multiple tasks take place, often in the kitchen, where several tasks are performed simultaneously.

Pendant Lighting Usages

Pendant lighting falls in the category of task lighting and is often installed in frequently used areas such as the kitchen and dining room. These lights are also commonly referred to as suspenders or drops. They are mounted from the ceiling where the light source hangs from a cord or rod. Pendant lights can be hung alone or can be hung in twos or threes, often over a long space such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar.

Pendant Lighting in the Kitchen

Pendant lights can easily be mixed with other lighting groups. They are often the focal point in a room, so matching the fixture style to the room décor is important. Most kitchen designers and manufacturers are aware of the need for pendant lighting and have taken steps to creating pendant fixtures that compliment cabinet, flooring, and countertop styles.

For the kitchen, pendant lights should be made of high-quality materials that can be cleaned easily. Grease and grime can quickly build up so consider a fixture that can be removed easily and won't be damaged by cleaning agents.

Pendant Lighting Options

During a remodel, a lighting professional should always be consulted to ensure that adequate lighting will be properly spaced. Consider installing dimmers and multiple switches so that ambiance, accent, and task lights can be turned on separately to create different moods in your room.

Pendant lights also have a space-saving advantage since they are hung from the ceiling and do not occupy valuable floor space in the home. Most pendant lights can accommodate incandescent, halogen, and compact energy-saving florescent bulbs.

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