When it comes to lighting you have a few different moments to make a statement in your room, and pendant lighting is one of those moments. Although small and often only one or two lights, they can create something special within a room which is why we decided that it was time for us to roundup a handful of our favorites all under $100.
Before we get into, let’s talk for a moment about pendant lights. Traditionally pendant lights (as we mentioned above) are made up of one to two light bulbs that hang from a single unit in the ceiling. Although quite similar to chandeliers, the main difference between the two comes into play with the amount of light bulbs as well as the structure of the light as pendants typically have one to two bulbs and chandeliers can have many more as well as hang from an armed system. So, when do you use a pendant vs a chandelier? Well, there is no hard rule for when you should use one vs the other in your decor other than the aesthetics of how you want it to look as well as how much light you need in the area. If you do need something with quite a bit of light output then going with a chandelier is a safer bet but if you have recessed lighting in the room or the area is small and doesn’t need a lot of additional light then a pendant is a safe bet for you.
Let’s start the roundup with metal shades. These are going to be best used when you want directional light. If this is the only source of light in your room then you typically won’t want to use a metal shade as it will only provide light directionally over one area rather than helping to light the entire room. But, if you do have recessed lighting in the room or another source of light then these guys can work great over a kitchen island, a small dining area, or anywhere else when they are used as a secondary source of light.
Up next are exposed bulb pendants. A quick tip with exposed bulbs is that you will want to install these guys on a dimmer as typically looking directly into an exposed bulb is hard on the eyes so being able to tone down the brightness a bit with a dimmer will help a lot in the functionality and look of the light.
Next up we have glass shades. These are the most universal of the pendant options as they can be used just about anywhere and the glass shade will help to diffuse the light throughout the room so if needed these options could be the only source of light in your room and still provide an even diffused glow throughout the space.
Last but not least we have a collection of pendants that are either fibers, fabric, or made of stone/concrete. A few quick tips about these. The fabric shaded options are going to provide an even diffused light much like the glass shaded ones would, whereas the stone/concrete is going to provide more of a directional light for the room so they are best used as an accent light. Then for the fiber or woven options that we have, you will want to keep in mind the shadows that will happen when these are in use due to the structure of the shade and how it will diffuse the light in the room.
Let us know if you have any questions on any of these or if you have tried any of them below.