Buying Guide to Chandelier Pendants – Chandelier Shack

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January 27, 2016

Buying Guide to Chandelier Pendants

Chandeliers give an instant sophistication to any room. However, if you really want a top quality, one of a kind piece, they can be extremely expensive. Chandelier pendants have become the next best thing when it comes to light fittings, as they typically cost less than actual chandeliers but meet the very same needs of form and function.

What are Chandelier Pendants?

A chandelier pendant is a ceiling light fitting that hangs from the ceiling by a chain, cord, or metal rod. They come in all shapes, forms, sizes, and materials, and the range of styles cover every other style for traditional chandeliers.

Chandelier Pendants

You can find chandelier ceiling lights that resemble a crystal chandelier, a drum chandelier, and even abstract and artistic designs. They've become a popular choice for homeowners due to their lower costs, but also because they are usually less bulky. They also save space versus using a table lamp or a floor lamp when used for task lighting over a workspace such as a kitchen.

Tips to Buying and Using a Chandelier Pendant
1. Consider Material

As mentioned, this style of chandelier comes in all forms, materials, and finishes. If you want to enjoy large amounts of bright light in your room, consider buying one made of glass. Clear glass naturally diffuses light in all directions, making this material ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.

Metals such as polished chrome and brushed nickel also do a great job at reflecting light although not as effective as clear glass. Their industrial looks also match the interiors of a contemporary space.

Drum-shaped pendant chandeliers that are made of cloth have a tendency to collect dust very easily, so you wouldn't want to use one over your kitchen, office, den, or work area. These chandeliers are most ideal in a living room where cleaning is done on a regular basis.

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2. LED Light or Traditional Bulbs

LED light is perfect if you place the chandelier over a kitchen island, over a counter-top, or in an office. It is not highly ideal for bedrooms and living rooms since mood lighting is more preferred to give off a relaxing overall tone. LED lights are, however, more expensive than traditional bulbs but they also tend to last longer.

3. Direction of Light

If you want to have ambient lighting, such as for your living room or dining area, chandelier pendants with lighting directed to the ceiling provide ambient lighting that gives off a relaxing vibe to a room. Light directed to the floor is more ideal for workspaces such as kitchens and offices.

Rules for Using Chandelier Pendants

When placing a pendant ceiling light, always hang it 6ft from the floor, or about 28 to 38 inches from a counter-top. You also have to make sure that the bulbs do not sit at eye level, so you won't be hurting your eyes from the glare of the lights.

Because a chandelier pendant is usually smaller than a regular chandelier, having multiple pieces in one area is a popular idea. Metal pendant lighting placed together over a kitchen island is perfect for task lighting and evokes a balanced aesthetic appeal. A single chandelier over an office desk is enough, while several pendants hanging over a long rectangular dining table is ideal.

Chandelier pendant lights are a modern and practical way to spruce up any space. Remember the tips and rules for buying and using one to complete the look of any room in your home.

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