All About Pendant Lights

Choosing the right lighting fixtures for each and every room in your home can be a challenge. There are so many options to choose from: lamps, ceiling fixtures, wall sconces and of course, the pendant light. The pendant light can be extremely valuable when lighting a home, as it can be used in nearly every room of the home. However, like with any home decor option, it’s important to know the basics of this particular light fixture before making a decision.

Pendant lights are hung from the ceiling using rods, chains or in some instances, simple wire. The great thing about a pendant light is that it can draw attention to itself even when not in use. The rods, chains or wire can be in various lengths, styles and colors. For example, you may find brushed nickel rods, brass chains or brightly colored wire; all of which are viable options for use with pendant shades.

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This light fixture also comes in a plethora of shade styles and sizes. For example, there is the small mini glass shade pendant light that is a mere 4 inches or less in size. On the other end of the spectrum are large, industrial style aluminum pendant lights with 30 inch or more diameters. There is also everything in between from simple and chic drum shade pendants to bare bulb style pendants.

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Of course, pendant lighting is more than just hanging shades from the ceiling. The different types of shades suit different purposes. For example, a fabric drum shade helps to produce more ambient light, making it ideal for a dining room. Meanwhile, a glass pendant light is better suited toward a kitchen, such as over an island or sink area.

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The cost of the pendant light can also rage significantly. Online speciality retailers or local home improvement stores may sell them for as little as $10, depending on the size, shape and style of the light. On the other hand, don’t be surprised to see complex pendant lights that can cost upwards of $700 or more for a single light. More expensive varieties may include hand blown glass shades.

It is important to keep in mind that pendant lights are not just for dining rooms or kitchens. They can literally be used in any room in the home. For example, in the bedroom, pendant lights can be used to replace bedside table lamps. In an office, they can replace desk lamps. In a bathroom, they can be used over a soaking tub and placed on a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting as needed for a relaxing evening.

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In the same manner as in the bedroom, pendant lights can replace lamps in a living room. Anywhere you can use a lamp, you can swap it out for a pendant light instead. This is extremely beneficial, as it also allows you to free up table space.

Finally, pendant lights are extremely easy to clean, making them low maintenance. Just as you would occasionally clean your ceiling fan or other ceiling fixtures, you should occasionally clean your pendant lights. For glass pendant shades, simply wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust, dirt and other debris. For fabric shades, a vacuum hose attachment can be used. If you’re ever unsure of how to clean your pendant light, be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions.

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