How to Choose a Pendant Lamp
When it comes to lighting a room, pendant lamps are one of the most versatile pieces that can be hung from a ceiling. They are available in a vast array of styles, sizes and cords to suit every home décor. Often used as focal points in a living room or dining area, they are also perfect for illuminating kitchen islands and work surfaces. They come in a wide range of shapes too, from Le Klint’s swirl light to the ceramic Bride pendant by mammalampa.
The shape of the lamp shade is an important factor to consider, as is how high to hang it. For example, a large cylinder lamp will look best hanging at about 66 inches from the floor. However, the height of the people who will be using the space should also be taken into account – nobody wants a pendant lamp shining in their eyes while they are chopping vegetables or eating!
Another thing to think about is whether you want a pendant light that casts a lot of direct light or if you prefer a more ambient light. A pendant lamp that casts a lot of light will illuminate the entire table and work surface, but it can be harsh on the eyes. A more ambient pendant light will cast a more diffused light that will provide a warm, soothing glow to the area.
Lastly, it’s important to consider the finish of your pendant light. There are many different finishes, including bronze, brass, copper, chrome and brushed nickel. Choose a finish that coordinates with your existing furniture and other fixtures in the space. You can also find pendant lights in various colors, from neutral greys to rich burgundies and rusts.
Most pendant lamps will require an electrician to be installed, but there are some options that can be plugged in without any wiring in the ceiling. These models usually have a long, decorative cord and can be plugged into an outlet that is near the location of the pendant light. This can be a great option for those who want to add a pendant lamp but are worried about the cost or hassle of having to hire an electrician.
Once you’ve chosen the style and finish of your pendant lamp, it’s time to start adding the details. Start by cutting three links of wire and tying them in a knot at the end of each piece. These will be the anchors for the pendant light socket later on, so it’s best to do this step before you go wild with your baubles!
For more inspiration and ideas on how to use and pendant lamp, visit the Ultimate Guide to Pendant Lighting. There, you’ll find tips on how to hang pendant lights, the right height for them and what style of lighting is ideal for each space. You can also read about the benefits of pendant lighting and see some of the most popular designs. So what are you waiting for? Start browsing our collection of gorgeous pendant lights to find the one that suits your home!