Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Buyer’s Guide to Pendant Lights
Pendant lights are among the most versatile lighting types and because of this, they are also the most popular choice taken by several homeowners. If you don’t know yet, pendant lights are suspended lights – meaning they hang from a base through a chain, rod, or wire. They may be somehow similar but are not the same with ceiling lights, which are hung closer if not on to the ceiling.
There are many different types of pendant lights which could make the selection process more difficult than it actually should be. In the following paragraphs will be the different variations of pendant lights and a brief description of each:
Multi Light Pendants
Ideal for working areas such as the home study, kitchen, and dining area, multi light pendants don’t merely provide illumination for productivity but can as well add aesthetic value to any piece of space. They are eye-catching and are great for rooms with only a single overhead electrical opening. Multi light pendants are designed to have a central fixture, from which hanging lights branch out into different directions.
The tiniest type of pendants, mini pendants are perfect for areas where extra task lighting is needed. Kitchen island and office desks are just some examples of home areas where mini pendants are commonly installed.
Down Light Pendants
This type of pendant lights directs light in a downward direction, making it a great option for direct illumination on work spaces or high traffic areas. These suspended modern fixtures are great for drawing boards or cooking areas where higher levels of illumination are needed for productivity.
Quite true to their name, drum pendants take the form of drums. They are highly versatile as they can look good in any area of home and come in great variations in terms of style and shade. If you like to keep it simple, there are also shades in plain white with metal accents. Those who prefer patterns and unconventional designs, on the other hand, can choose from different patterns and double or triple concentric shades.
Up Light Pendants
Unlike down light pendants that direct light towards the floor, up light pendants give off light in the direction of the ceiling – making small spaces appear wider. If you have a tiny room to light up and would like to eliminate the cramped feel to it, up light pendants should be your best bet.
This type of pendant lights are the closest you can get to chandeliers. Bowl pendants are usually connected to the main suspension with 3-4 chains, or held in place by a rod or stem. They are generally ideal for ambient lighting because they provide adequate up and down illumination.
These are the pendant lights that are typically hung in wide lobbies, foyers, or at the main entrance of the house. Their form comes in a cage-like shade, covered with glass, and is connected to the center by a chain. Because of their tendency to diffuse very bright light, lantern pendants should be installed with dimmer switches.
Oscar Riley just loves keeping the house together and seeing to it that it's also kept as gorgeously as possible. Apart from that, he also likes to write and share his knowledge on home improvement and design to many netizens. He highly recommends Interior-Deluxe for high-quality light fixtures for home and commercial use.