Selecting the Right Pendant Lights

Pendant lights can help create a dynamic atmosphere in a room and allows an individual to really put their unique style into a space that would otherwise be bland. There are thousands of different types of pendants varying in size, shape and texture. Our lighting designers at Light Bulbs Etc are here to offer you assistance in selecting the perfect pendant to complete any room in your house.  Before selecting pendants, it is important to really have a good understanding of your space. Pendants are typically the last source of lighting that needs to be selected. It is important to choose your colors, furniture, countertops, floors and any artwork before selecting your pendants. If selected appropriately, pendants can compliment all of these elements and really make a bold statement.

Pendants can be hung in a variety of ways depending on the look the individual is trying to accomplish as well as the lighting needs of the space. The two basic types of hanging pendants are monopoint and monorail.

Monopoint pendants are hung individually from a single canopy. Each pendant is hung from its own canopy or plate that covers the electrical box in the ceiling.

Pendants hung on a monorail system are suspended from a rail which is attached to the ceiling. The rail can be hung at various levels from the ceiling depending on the ceiling height. Monorail systems are very unique and really make a statement in any room. The rail can be bent and cut so the rail can take on many shapes.

Once you have selected how your pendants will be hung, it’s time to start selecting the actual pendants. It is important to select pendants that are an appropriate size and in scale with the space. Huge pendants in a small area tend to overpower the space while small pendants in large areas tend to get lost. Pendants look in balance to the eye when they are in odd numbers. When you have an even number of pendants, say two or four, they tend to look out of balance to the eye. It is best to have three or five pendants as opposed to two or four. For example, if your space can handle two large pendants or three small pendants, its best to go with the odd number of three small pendants.