Types of pendant lamps and lights

The term “pendant lamp” refers to any light fixture that consists of a ceiling rose, a cord and a socket. These three elements allow for infinite styles, shapes, and colours!

Suspended light with shade

This type of lighting fixture incorporates a lampshade to diffuse light and produce soft, natural light. The Nakami model, with its woven sea rush shade, demonstrates how bold this simple addition can become.

Nakami pendant lamp

Linear suspension lighting

Simple and classic, this type of lighting consists of a long tube or rectangle of light. Its generous illumination and discreet profile make it particularly suitable for kitchen islands.

Multi-light pendant

This term refers to any light consisting of several bulbs sharing the same base. These can be on individual cords or on fixed or adjustable rods. For inspiration, take a look at the spectacular Elani lamp, with its six iron branches in a satin brass-plated finish.

Glass pendant lamp

This classic choice incorporates a glass globe or dome (which can be clear, coloured, corrugated, textured, or patterned) to diffuse light evenly. For something more imaginative, opt for a model that combines glass with other materials, such as the retro-chic Ennora lamp with its fluidly curved brushed metal base.

Hanging chandelier

This modern fixture captures the charm and elegance of the candlesticks of yesteryear. With its candle-shaped bulbs and blown glass legs, the Willabelle hanging chandelier evokes the intimacy of candlelight… without the risks of an open flame.

Wigler multi-light pendant

Design tips for hanging lamps

Consider the role of the lighting.

In addition to its aesthetic properties, a pendant lamp fulfils a utilitarian function. Do you mainly want to illuminate a work surface, such as a kitchen counter or a desk? To light up the room as a whole? Or do you want to highlight decorative or architectural elements such as a stone wall or fireplace?

Match the fixture’s style, materials, and colours to the room.

Focus your search on fixtures that follow the same style as your room, such as modern, industrial, Scandinavian or farmhouse. Choose a model with at least one element in common with its surroundings: colour, metal, rattan, or glass shade. If in doubt, a black light fixture will often go with anything.

Choose a fixture that is proportional to the size of the room.

Measure the dimensions of the space and make sure you choose a hanging light that is proportional in size. Avoid models that appear too small (which won’t provide enough light) or too large (which may be bulky or overpowering) for the room.

Compare several possible configurations.

A large space could accommodate a single large pendant light, multiple pendant lights, or several pendant lights in proximity. Evaluate several options before making your choice.

How high should a pendant light be installed?

A pendant light of the right height should provide sufficient light for the space without interfering with movement and daily activities.

Suspended light above the floor

As long as the ceiling is of sufficient height, any room in your home can accommodate a pendant lamp as the primary source of light. Allow between 1′ and 1 ½’ of clearance from a standard 8′ ceiling, measured from the ceiling to the part of the fixture closest to the floor. For every additional 1′ of ceiling height, add 3″ of clearance.

This is a general rule of thumb — it is still prudent to measure the distance from the floor to the base of your future fixture to keep your taller guests from bumping their heads!

Hanging lamp over a dining table

Etta pendant lamp

Allow 26 to 32 inches of clearance between the top of your dining table and the base of the pendant light. This height will allow the surface to be well lit during meals without impeding movement when seated. Also ensure that the fixture remains at least 6″ inside all table ends.

A linear light or multiple pendant fixtures work best with rectangular or oval tables. Use a candlestick or a glass pendant lamp with a shade in the centre for a round or square table.

Hanging lamp over a kitchen island

The same measures as for a dining table apply to adequately light a kitchen island without interfering with meal preparation. Allow 26 to 32 inches of clearance between the countertop (which is already higher than a dining table) and the base of the pendant light. Consider installing multiple pendant lights or a linear model to illuminate the entire area for a rectangular island.

Suspended light in a bedroom

A pendant light connected to a dimmer switch can provide soothing, subdued lighting in your bedroom. Refer to the general tips above for an overhead lamp, but also maintain at least 6 ¾ ft of clearance between the floor and the base of the fixture to maintain your full freedom of movement once in bed.

Ennora pendant lamp

Add character and functionality to your home by installing a well-chosen pendant light. Consider the style of the room, your personal preferences and your lighting needs to create the desired ambiance.

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