Georgina Hobbs. Pendant Lights. February 12th , 2018.
Glass pendant lights cast off more light than a fabric shaded counterpart. The light can be further altered by the color of the glass used in the fixture. Some glass lights come with opaque or transparent shades that will control the direction of the light. But others are clear, allowing the light to shine through, increasing the beauty and effectiveness of the lights. One of the best things about glass pendants is that they can be artistic as well as functional. If youre a fan of Dale Chihuly, you can get fiery colored lamps or lamps that look like flowers or other sculptural shapes that will work wonderfully in an entryway or in a stairwell.
Ideally, you want to use a circuit tester to make sure the power is off to the light before touching the wiring. Assuming the power is off, start by removing the old fixture. If youre replacing a ceiling fan with a pendant, remove the blades first. It makes the process much easier. Remove the plastic wire nuts from the wires, disconnect the wires, then remove the mounting bracket. Replace the bracket with the new bracket that came with the light. Once the bracket is installed, its time to connect the wires. Follow the diagram that came with the light.
The lamp globes are what make the character of the pendant glow. It may be made of old lamp shade frames or it may even be a totally new creation of the home owner, or a brand new frame bought from the local light store. Recessed lighting is all very nice in its understated way but the good old pendant light still has a lot going for it. In fact, in some situations, a pendant light really is the only rational choice. Forget glass blown shades filled with dead flies; the modern pendant light bears little relation to those old things, although, of course, if youre after 1950s realism there is no other choice.
Light will either be directed up or down, depending on the shape or type of shade used. Pendants that are inverted will stream light to the ceiling. This provides ambient or mood lighting in a space. Pendants with open bottoms focus light downward, allowing them to be task lighting above a workspace like a kitchen island. LED bulbs are becoming the more popular choice for pendant lighting. They are perfect for task lighting and they are energy efficient, but they can be more expensive than traditional bulbs. However, LED bulbs also last longer than standard bulbs.
You can install a multiple pendant over your kitchen or dining room table as a sole source of illumination. This will not only provide ample light, but also a wonderful focal point and conversation piece. Pendants are great in the kitchen because they provide a way to break up the typical horizontal effect of counters, cabinets, and appliances. Deciding to use glass pendant light fixtures in your design is only the first step. The fun part is yet to come when you will start to browse the literally thousands of designs available. There is a style and design for everyone, which is part of the reason why these lights are so popular.
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