Hanging lamps, an ideal alternative to standard light fixtures can really deliver on style and function when done right. That said, here’s some information you should know before switching to pendant lights.
In order to find the right size of a hanging light, you should consider the purpose of the light as well as the location. Pendant lights size usually ranges from 5” to 43” inches wide. For hanging lights installed above a countertop or a dining table, the typical hanging height ranges between 24” to 30”. Most pendant lights come with an adjustable chain or extension rods that allow you to alter the height as needed. Ensure that the fixture does not block the view of those seated at the table and that it doesn’t hang too low that people bump into it.
Hanging Lamp Styles and Finishes
Style is perhaps the most common feature when shopping for hanging lights. You’ll want to choose a style that matches your preferences and works with the rest of your decor.
1. Contemporary- This one is characterized by clean lines and a minimalist look. Lamps in this category are simple and understated.
2. Traditional- Lamps in this category have a more classic and ornate look. This style is more detailed, ranging anywhere from rustic and antique to farmhouse.
3. Transitional- Combining contemporary and traditional, this style allows you to mix elements of both styles, thus flexibility in personalization.
Lamps with uplight shades are designed for ambient, while the downlight ones are primarily for providing task light. You can use pendant lights in dining rooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room, hallway, bedroom, bar or gaming room for ambient lighting and in the kitchen and dining room for task lighting.
Mini Hanging Lights
These can be used solo or in a group for accent or task lighting. Just install a single mini lamp above a desk or a sink or in a row above a kitchen island or a breakfast bar. These lights are ideally compatible with track lights. Combine them with track light heads in order to achieve a mixture of accent, ambient, and task lighting.
Island Pendant Lights
These types of lamps offer the same task lighting as mini pendant ones, other than a single fixture. They usually have 2 to 3 light sources and apart from an island, can be used above a bar, desk or pool table.
These types of lamps provide ambient lighting with three and in some cases up to ten light sources from the same fixture. Multi-light pendant lights can ideally be used as a cheap alternative to chandeliers.
With Fabric Shade
This one adds a luxurious look to a conventional hanging lamp. This type of lamp provides ambient lighting and can be utilized in a living room, kitchen, bedroom or in a foyer. You can ideally use it as an alternative to a chandelier above a breakfast or dining table.
When it comes to installing any of the lights mentioned in this post, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter for safety and efficiency. If in doubt, do not hesitate to avail a qualified electrician.