Mica, which is a type of mineral, is found interlaced into a number of different rocks and minerals from granite to slate. It has been around for millions of years and can be found all around the globe. In fact, this particular mineral is what gives these rocks a shimmer, glittering or sparkling look.
The term ‘mica’ is thought to have been derived from the word ‘micare,’ which is a Latin word that literally means ‘to shine.’
Today, it is unclear exactly who was first to use mica in the shades for pendant lights, lamps and other light fixtures. Some speculate that it may have been Thomas Edison back at the beginning of electrical lighting, though others speculate it may have been some unknown inventor entirely. Pendant lights alone have been around for thousands of years and have gone by many names over the years including hanging lamps. They’ve been found in a number of different ancient cultures including during the times of both the Romans and the ancient Greeks.
Today, mica pendant lights come in a plethora of different styles, shapes and sizes. You can find one that will suit just about any space, as mica pendant lights are not limited to just the kitchen. You can use these in bathrooms to flank the mirror, you can use them in place of table lamps and much, much more.
In a kitchen setting, pendant lights are meant to add not only warmth and visual appeal, but also to serve as task lighting. Here, they do both. By installing them over the kitchen island, they help illuminate the island area for use as task lighting, which is great for preparing a meal. When not in use as task lighting, they also work to add to the general ambient light of the space.