If you want to add drama and impact to your home without the cost or look of a chandelier, pendant lighting can change the look of your room instantly. Extremely versatile in style, shape and expenditure, pendant lights are suitable for just about any room—though they are most commonly installed in the entryway, kitchen or living room.
A Pendant Light is Not a Chandelier
These hanging light fixtures are often confused with chandeliers and though both lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling, they are quite different. For one, pendant lights hang singularly with one light off of a chain and chandeliers have multiple branches that hold multiple lights. Pendant lighting can create a more modern look to your home and can be a money-saving alternative to a chandelier--both in purchase price and in installation costs.
There are several ways to go about shopping for this type of ceiling light. You should start by assessing the room you'd like to install a light in and what sort of purpose the light will serve. Pendants are adaptable to many situations allowing them to be used for task, mood and general lighting. For example, if you're looking for kitchen pendant lighting, you likely need it for task lighting so you can see what you're cooking. Alternatively, if you're placing a light fixture in your bedroom, you may be using it to set a mood or for general lighting.
Generally, most people shop for a hanging light fixture based on the shape. Once you've determined the shape you want, you can filter your search by color, finish and even style. Pendant styles range from traditional to contemporary, industrial to rustic, and retro to Victorian. On our site, you can also search by bulb type, number of lights and price range so you are able to find the right fit for both your home and your budget.
From the foyer to the dining room, kitchen to the hall, pendants are one of the key components to all lighting plans. With a full-range of styles, sizes and prices, you can find the perfect pendant light at Bellacor. If you're still not sure what you're looking for or have more questions, we've made this complete buying guide for you; it has everything you need to know from type of pendant to what's currently trending!
A: The space between a set of pendant lights will fully depend on the surface that you are using them to illuminate. If you are hanging a set of pendants over a long table or a kitchen island, you want to measure 12” from the length of the surface, and the resulting measurement is the space you have to hang multiple pendants. (A 42” table - 12” = 30” space to hang pendants).
Q: Do pendant lights come with adjustable heights?
A: Many pendants come with adjustable heights, if the pendant you are interested in hangs from a cord, chain, or cable it is most likely adjustable in the field. If it hangs from a stem, it is more likely not adjustable. Check the specifications and description of each pendant for installation details.
Q: Can I hang a pendant light on a pitched ceiling?
A: Absolutely, look for pendants with installation information that includes a kit for sloped ceilings. Alternatively, most pendants with a chain, cord, or cable use gravity to create a plumb hang to the pendant and can be installed on a slope. Check the description for details on individual pendants.
Q: What are unusual or unique places where I can hang pendant lights?
A: Pendants are great in entryways, especially in spaces with a higher ceiling height. Many people will hang them in powder rooms for a unique lighting fixture in an unexpected place. With the care and attention that people now pay to create bedrooms with good design, pendant lights are showing up over beds for added sparkle.
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