The beginner’s guide to pendant lighting

Pendant lights, or pendants as we like to call them in the office, are a great and simple way of updating and modernizing your home. However, choosing the right one for you can be challenging at times! So we’ve put together some advice for you…

The beginner’s guide to pendant lighting, Zazzy Home

What is the purpose of pendant lights?

Lighting is an important part of any home. It can create a warm atmosphere, brighten up a dark corner, or be used as mood lighting. However, the light source itself does not necessarily have to be static. As new models are created, pendant lights have become more common to feature flexible arms that provide you with freedom of movement when placing them in your preferred location.



These lights can come in many different shapes and sizes, and you will find that they are perfect for providing accent lighting in bedrooms and living rooms as well as kitchen and dining room areas. Some modern designs even enable you to focus the light on specific areas such as reading nooks and desktops. In addition, these contemporary-style fixtures now come with built-in dimmers that give you the option of adjusting the light intensity to suit your needs.

You can opt for a single pendant light or choose from a number of collections featuring two, three, or four lights. Placing multiple lights in one area creates visual interest and is often used as an effective tool to help brighten up a space. In most cases, these modern lighting fixtures are fitted with a standard E27 bulb socket, so it’s easy to find a suitable replacement when required.

The idea of using pendant lights has been around for decades, but their designs have constantly evolved to keep up with emerging trends and changing tastes over time. Some styles resemble upside-down teardrops, while others feature more unusual shapes that look as though artistic sculptors designed them.

If you’re thinking of making a change to the look and feel of your home, consider replacing the old ceiling lights with something new or add a few pendant lights to provide extra illumination in specific areas. The great thing is that they are extremely easy to install and use, so it won’t take long before you can enjoy all of these benefits in your own home.



The beginner’s guide to pendant lighting, Zazzy Home

What is the difference between chandelier and pendant lighting?

Although they are often used interchangeably, technically, they are two different lighting fixtures.

*A chandelier is a type of pendant that uses multiple light (crystal) sources to produce more overall light output.

*A pendant fixture hangs from the ceiling or structure above it and only uses one source of energy (light bulb).

So, another way to differentiate between these two types of contemporary lighting would be to say that a chandelier produces more total (visible) light than an individual pendant does. Also, just because you have decided on using either a chandelier or a single pendant in your home does not mean that you must use them exclusively. Many homeowners choose to combine both chandeliers and pendant lighting to create a stylish, functional home.

Are pendant lights out of style?

We don’t think so. In fact, we believe they add a unique flair to your home and can easily mix with different styles of decor.

Pendant lighting is one of the most versatile types of lighting you can choose for your home or office, whether it’s hanging over a kitchen island or in a hallway.

Today we’re going to talk about five old-school pendants that will never go out of style – ones that have been used in homes for decades and will continue to be used for decades more. Some homeowners may not be aware of this, but you will always find pendants being used above kitchen islands because they tend to work well there since light tends to get trapped below counters, an ideal spot for task lighting.

Pendants are also great for bathrooms since they can easily make the room look more airy and open – depending on where you hang them. Plus, there’s always the added benefit of being able to highlight artwork or other accessories that may be hanging on the walls.



Even though some may think pendants will clash with their decorating tastes, there are many ways to incorporate them into your home, which we’ll discuss down below. Our first pendant is one that was popular in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s – an exposed bulb-style pendant made out of chrome. Such fixtures came in different styles, so homeowners were guaranteed to find something they loved at their local hardware store or department stores like Sears or JCPenny’s.

Today, pendants made out of chrome and metal are still extremely popular. However, many homeowners prefer glass over metal to give their homes a more contemporary feel. At the same time, we want to mention that if your home is modern or sports an industrial theme, then you’ll definitely want to opt for a pendant made out of chrome or another type of metal since it will complement the decor.

Next up on our list is a much larger pendant which was typically installed in hallways – these were known as chandelier-style pendants, also referred to as ‘dumbbells’ because they resembled dumbbells minus one end.

You can find similar ones at most hardware stores today, but there are lots of other styles you can choose from, such as ones that resemble cages or lanterns.

The nice thing about chandelier-style pendants is they can be installed above kitchen islands and used as task lighting. At the same time, they’re ideal for hallways. You’ll also want to make sure you have a ceiling fan installed since it will help circulate the air and keep your home cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. Finally, we should point out that if you don’t install a light kit on these fixtures, then you’ll only need one wall switch to turn them on and off, which makes it easy if there’s another fixture nearby.



Finally, drum-style pendants were extremely popular in homes during the 1950s thanks to their clean lines and beautiful yet simple design.

They’re a bit different from other types of pendants since they were designed with a metal drum shade attached to a ceiling medallion or canopy. The beauty about drum-style pendants is you can hang them over kitchen islands, dining tables, entryways, and bathrooms – basically any room in the home where you need good lighting. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, these fixtures are easy to switch on and off, thanks to just one wall switch that’s typically installed near the fixture.

In addition, this type of pendant also comes in many different styles, so it’s easy for homeowners to find something they’ll love based on their personal taste. For example, if you have a modern home, you may want to consider a drum pendant made out of metal or glass, while homeowners who want to bring in a vintage look can choose one with a fabric drum shade.

When it comes to buying new pendants, some people may wonder if they should buy flush-mount fixtures instead of semi-flush – we’ll let you know right now that either one will work, but what you decide on will depend on your personal taste and the lighting needs for each room. When it comes to living rooms where there are often large windows available, then it doesn’t make sense to install semi-flush pendants since they’re usually smaller than their flush-mount counterparts – this means there isn’t much light produced by them, which defeats the purpose of having them installed in the first place.



The beginner’s guide to pendant lighting, Zazzy Home

In addition, if you have a lot of overhead lighting in your living room, then it doesn’t make sense to install semi-flush pendants there either since they won’t produce enough light for that space. Instead, we recommend flush-mount fixtures, which will certainly brighten up that particular area. When it comes to bedrooms where you want a soft glow from the fixture, then semi-flush pendants are the way to go – this gives them a romantic feel and can help set the mood when going to bed at night or waking up in the morning. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, these fixtures also come in many different styles, so homeowners can choose something that suits their personality and decor motif. The bottom line is both types of pendants have their place in the home, and it’s simply a matter of matching them up to specific rooms.

How long should a pendant light hang down?

It really depends on the look you want. If you want a dramatic effect, like at a restaurant where you don’t always need light, but when you do, boy, does it make an impression, then 12 to 18 inches is common (and easy for electricians to do!). On the other hand, for general living spaces or bedrooms that are used frequently and therefore need more ambient light, 14 to 22 inches is most often recommended. More than 22 inches, and your shade becomes less functional – limiting visibility and casting unflattering shadows.

The best way to know how long a pendant should hang is to measure where you want it to go and then use that information when searching for lamps. If your room is tall, you’ll need longer cords.



Do pendant lights need to be centered over an island?

The answer is that pendant lights don’t necessarily need to be centered over an island if there isn’t a specific function for them to fulfill. When deciding where kitchen lighting should go, designers always recommend thinking about the things that will happen in space before committing to a particular design or layout.

However, just like any other feature you put into your design, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to installing lighting over islands. It’s up to you! Pendants are sometimes hung for function alone, but placing them in exact symmetrical positions could solve more problems than it creates. Instead of taking on this task yourself or asking your electrician where he thinks they should go, let’s look at what factors affect their placement.

Here’s a little secret: Lighting is the most important part of a kitchen. That means that pendants above islands should be functional and not just look pretty. For example, you might want to add sconces on either side of your range to really make it pop from an aesthetic standpoint. Or, if you have a lot of prep space, add under-cabinet lighting for functionality. In this case, placing pendants directly over the island isn’t necessary because there is no functional need.



Another factor is counter height-this determines where exactly pendants would shine brightest when hanging over an island. If you find yourself leaning toward the stove frequently while preparing food, think about making sure they hang around 36 inches high so you can easily see them. If you have a tall counter and you find yourself sitting down to work at it, think about adding pendants around 42-44 inches high, so they’re eye level.

Is it easy to add pendant lights?

Pendant lights are not just beautiful to behold, but they also give your home that wow factor. Not only do pendants come in many different shapes and sizes, but they can be used for a number of purposes too. Besides adding the right decoration to your dining room, you can install them in your kitchen or living room either! However, when it comes to installation, you should always get electricians in Singapore for this work.

Pendants are easy lamps to use as long as you have enough space above where you want to hang the light from. With so many designs out there, from small ones that look like orbs hanging down to boxes with nobs on top, people would love to create their own unique designs using pendants. In fact, if you like creating items from recyclable materials, you could always make your own pendant light! For suggestions on how to make your very own, we recommend that you check out the internet and see what references and ideas you can find.

Keeping in mind that pendants give off a lot of light like chandeliers and other types of lamps do, it is important to have enough space for these lamps if they are too big. Also, don’t just put them over anything without checking the measurements first because you might not be able to use this seat or eat at that table again. In many cases, though, since pendants come in smaller sizes compared to normal lights, it won’t be a problem finding places where you can put them up.

If adding pendant lights sounds like something you want to do, it is important to follow the safety rules when doing so. This way, not only will you be able to use this type of lighting safely, but even your family and friends can enjoy it too.



Until recently, most homeowners tend to use pendants in their kitchen or living rooms because they are pretty hardy lamps that don’t break easily if they accidentally fall down. However, many people are now opting for pendants in their bedroom too because of their beauty! If you are someone who loves beauty, then having a hanging lamp above your bed is just perfect, especially since you can change the lighting into any color that suits your taste at night! In addition, pendants come in all shapes and sizes, so there is no need to worry about not finding something that would fit.

Pendant lights are such a great addition to any home, and it won’t matter if you live in an apartment or a mansion since they will work well anywhere! Aesthetically pleasing, safe to use, and versatile enough for many purposes, pendants are the lamps of the future. What makes these pendants even better is that they can be made from items around your house like cans of soda and pieces of wood too, so if you like recycling, then this is the lighting option for you!

What to consider when buying a pendant light

When it comes to choosing a new pendant light, there are so many things to think about.

We’ll start with size – the most important thing is that it fits correctly in its intended room. If you have high ceilings, you can get away with a smaller lampshade, but if you have very low ceilings, it might be worth going up a size to accommodate this. There’s nothing worse than having lots of headroom and a tiny lampshade! Remember that you should always measure the widest point of the room and then add on 20cm (8 inches) to get the maximum width for your pendant light. You can do this by measuring from wall to wall, ceiling to floor, or through door openings if they’re in the way.

If you have a very long room where fittings would be visible across the whole space, it’s worth using more than one fitting rather than making them too small. There are some amazing twin pendant lights out there that look stunning so definitely think about getting two smaller ones rather than one large version. Another option is to choose a triple fitting and hang each one at different heights across the room – great for matching with varying ceiling heights.

Style is another really important factor when it comes to choosing a new pendant. If you love the look of polished steel, then this might not be the choice for you if the rest of your fittings are chrome or brass – they won’t match! You need to bear in mind how the light will sit with its surroundings rather than just thinking about how it looks on its own. The same goes for matching white shades to newly painted walls – if you paint them all one color, you’ll end up with odd-looking wall lights!

Finally, think about what type of bulb you want with your fitting too. There are so many different types out there that it can be difficult to decide which is best. Consult an expert at your local lighting shop, and they’ll be able to give you advice on the best type of bulb for your needs.

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*A pendant fixture hangs from the ceiling or structure above it and only uses one source of energy (light bulb).

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Claire is a blogger, writer, and designer with a passion for making the most out of any space. She's worked in interior design and maintenance for over a decade, and has learned how to make the most of even the smallest room. Claire shares her expertise, where she offers tips and tricks for creating beautiful, functional spaces on any budget. When she's not blogging or designing, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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