Georgina Hobbs. Pendant Lights. February 08th , 2018.
A pendant hung just over every table will serve the purpose effectively. Pendants are optimally used in places that cannot accommodate a table lamp. For example, a corner of a living room might not have enough space to fit in a lamp shade. In such cases, suspending the light brightens up the place and, at the same time, saves on space. The use of modern pendant lighting is increasingly done for aesthetic reasons as well. They can be used in offcenter positions to highlight a particular part or aspect of designing. They can also be used to deflect attention from one part of the room to another.
Most of us, though, would rather have one of the contemporary light fittings that fall in the pendant category the whimsical, the elegant or the just plain funky. In the kitchen, pendants are ideal for hanging over island units and countertops, where they not only look good but provide a neat combination of both task and ambient light. Whatever type of light fitting youre thinking of purchasing, you should take time to think about the effect youre hoping to achieve, and this means taking into account the size of the space you are planning to illuminate as well as the rest of the dcor.
Of course, there are literally thousands of pendants to choose from on the market, from traditional designs to those that really double as artwork in the home. Glass pendant lights are particularly popular, largely because they offer homeowners a mix of traditional and modern design elements that are both classic and timeless. Depending on their design, glass pendant lights can fit perfectly in a rustic, country inspired home or in a modernist home filled with contemporary furnishings. Thats partly because glass is such an ideal material to make lamps out of as it has an organic, natural quality that can take on chameleonlike qualities.
A large, single pendant is perfect for an entryway where only one source of lighting is needed. This also makes it an artistic focal point. A big pendant works great above a dining room table for the same reason. Small pendants, like mini globes, are great alternatives to installing track lighting. Their lighting is bright but less intense all around, so it is perfect for task lighting in a kitchen or other work area. Hanging small pendants in multiples allows for sufficient lighting. Make sure to hang them above eye level to prevent glare.
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.
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