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Pendant Lighting and The Different Types Available

Pendant lighting has become very popular recently. From kitchen islands, to restaurants bars and museums, pendants are seen everywhere these days, perhaps more than any other type of lighting. The simplicity of a single, downward facing light, hung from a single cord, chain or stem, is very visually appealing and attractive. Vivid multi-hued glass designs are often used, bringing a focal point of color to an otherwise uninspired room or space. And many styles are available, including mini pendants, bowl pendants, lantern pendants, drum pendants, and multi light pendants.

Mini pendants are usually less than 10 inches in width, with downward facing light. Very often these are designed with a modern look and style, using brightly colored glass shades. Mini pendants are perfect for use above kitchen counters, bars, dining tables, and other small seated areas. Often, multiple single mini pendants are hung in a series of 2-5 or more. This is a very common sight in modern restaurants and bars.

Bowl pendants are often hung as the focal point of a room, and can be used instead of a chandelier in kitchen and dining areas, entryways, etc. Bowl pendant lighting is usually softer than other pendant types, because the light is diffused through the much larger glass bowl. And because the bowl is open on the top of the fixture, it gives off up and down lighting. For this same reason, though, bowl pendants should always be hung higher than eye level to keep from looking directly into the open top. They are not recommended for area near staircases and balconies because of this.

Drum pendants are becoming a popular new style as well. They are used extensively in modern homes and contemporary business settings. Drum pendants are a short cylinder shaped “drum”, usually covered in fabric or metal, closed on the bottom and top sides, and hung from a stem or cord.

Multi light pendants are usually simply a string of individual mini pendants, hung together from a single mount. They are especially ideal for use over coffee tables, pool tables, kitchen islands, and wetbars.

Finally, lantern pendants are commonly used in any foyer or entrance area. Consisting of glass panels set in a metal frame, these “lanterns” are usually chain hung and may match outdoor lanterns hung at the outside of the entrance.

Pendant lighting can update the look and feel of any space that is being modernized. With the many styles, types, and finishes currently available, you should easily be able to find the perfect match for your room!