By definition, chandeliers and pendant lights are strikingly similar. They are both categorized as a type of lighting that hangs suspended from the ceiling. And although they are different, the design of each can make the lines of differentiation a bit blurry. We'll walk you through the main differences--including installation and design differences, provide you with visual examples, and offer you expert advice on which type of lighting would best work with your space.
What is a Chandelier?
Most people can easily identify a chandelier when they see one; the grandeur and elegance of a chandelier hanging from the ceiling is hard to miss, which is the point of having one in the first place. No matter the type, a chandelier serves as a brilliant focal point that pulls the entire room together. Technically speaking, a chandelier consists of a central body that hangs suspended from the ceiling, usually by a link chain. The central body is connected with multiple lighting branches. There are several lights included in this type of lighting, but back in the day before electricity, candles were the lighting source. In fact, the word "chandelier" is a French word that comes from the Latin word "candelabrum."