By definition, chandeliers and pendant lights are strikingly similar. They are both categorized as a type of suspended ceiling lighting. And although they are different, the design of each can make the lines of differentiation a bit blurry. Technically speaking, a chandelier consists of a central body that hangs suspended from the ceiling, often by a link chain. The central body is connected with multiple lighting branches, or arms. A pendant light is a singular light fixture that hangs by a metal rod, chain or cord.
Both light fixtures can be used to provide ambient lighting. Sometimes, depending on your room and desired look, pendant lights can be used for either ambient lighting or task illumination, as with kitchen island pendant lighting
But in the end, what we call these ceiling fixtures doesn't matter. It's the mood and the look we're after that counts. Here are a few of our favorite pendants and chandeliers. Or, shop our entire collection: