So you’ve settled on pendant lights in your
What is a pendant light?
A pendant light is a type of ceiling light. Pendants are single light fixtures, suspended from the ceiling by metal rods, chains, or chords. Pendant lights are incredibly versatile and used throughout the home in one of two ways: as standalone fixtures or in multiples. When used specifically as
Types of pendant lights
Pendant lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, further contributing to their versatility. Here are a few of the most popular varieties:
Bowl pendants are quite commonly used as kitchen pendant lighting, suspending the light source inside a bowl-shaped shade. The bowl-shaped shade is fixed in one of two ways: standard, with the opening of the shade facing the floor and projecting the light down to a more specific spot, and inverted, with the opening of the shade closest to the ceiling and reflecting the light up and illuminating the whole room.
Teardrop pendants are shaped like their namesake. Teardrop pendants are typically hung in multiples, as they tend to be smaller. They can also be open or closed in shape. For example, open teardrop pendants look more like upside-down wine glasses, whereas the closed tear drops have no lip and the light shines through their glass housing. Open teardrop pendants are best for spot lighting, as they direct a small stream of light down.
Globe pendants contain the light source inside a spherical housing. Frequently ornate in design, these are some of the most eye-catching kitchen pendant lighting fixtures. Globe pendants tend to radiate more of a glow, as opposed to forcing a visible beam of light in a specific spot.
A close cousin of the globe pendant, geometric pendants tend to surround the light source completely, though in an angular or geometric housing, as opposed to curved and spherical. Due to their less restrictive, and often irregular shape, these pendants are
Mini pendants are almost always hung in groups because, as their name implies, they’re smaller than their counterparts. Mini pendant lights are especially fun in the kitchen because you can hang them in clusters, at various heights, to create a beautiful eye-catching display that literally lights up the room. They’re also excellent for lighting a specific spot,
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