Savannah Ramirez. Pendant Lights. February 10th , 2018.
They can be used as your primary lighting for a room or they can be used as supplemental lighting to create drama, add more light to a specific area, such as a kitchen counter top, or create focal points in the room, such as adding pendants over a buffet in the dining room or over your desk in your home office. If there is a general rule of thumb about what constitutes mini pendant lights, its that they are usually less than 12 in size. Three to four mini pendant lights cast about as much light as two regular pendants that have two bulbs each.
Pendant lights, drops, or suspenders, whatever you call them, the looks and purpose remain unchanged. They all refer to the hanging lights that instantly change the décor of a simple looking place. It is true that they are mainly used for decoration purposes, but a pendant here and a pendant there does make a world of a difference. Pendant lighting involves small individual lights that are spread across a region. When one is switched on, it is not necessary to switch on the others. As against a huge chandelier, this saves energy to a great extent.
Its common sense, after all, that if youre lighting, say, a narrow hallway, youll need a smaller fitting than if you were lighting a large lounge or dining room. In fact, in the larger space you will need more than one pendant to prevent casting ugly shadows. You will, of course, choose your new light to match your existing dcor and, whether that is traditional or funky, you will find something to suit. We know nowadays, of course, that lighting is all about effect. Narrow, cylindrical shades can provide some wonderfully graphic effects, with slim columns of light directed straight down.
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.
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.
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