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Pendant Lights – What style should I go for?

Pendant lights are one of the most popular types of lights to use in the home, and for good reason. They’re elegant, simple, and best of all they come in many different shapes and sizes. If you’re considering a home redecoration, you should definitely make use of a good pendant light or two!

But that leads to the question – which type should I go for?

Well, we’re going to break down what we believe are 5 of the best options, the benefits of each, and hopefully get you designing your perfect room.

1. Globe Pendant Lights

Globe pendant lights are just beautiful to look at. Plain and simple! They are usually made from glass, and fully encapsulate the light bulb with just a small hole in the top to let the heat from the bulb escape.

I like globe lights as they put more emphasis on the bulb than the light itself, which is not what usually happens with home lights – so often people will look for a great light fixture, and then slap an old bulb in it as an after-thought.

You can get Globe Pendant Lights in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you’ll never be at a loss to find one that fits the room you’re looking to place it in – be it a small laundry room or a grand ball room!

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2. Bowl Pendant Lights 

When you think of the classic pendant light, what you’re imagining is more than likely a bowl pendant light. Named because the lamp shade forms a bowl shape, these can come in a variety of form factors, with some being flat, some being deep, some having a steep curve to them, and others having a gentler curve to them.

Whichever style you prefer, a bowl pendant light is one of the more common varieties of pendant light because they work in almost every home décor style!

If you’re looking to use them in a kitchen, your best bet would be metal, as these are quite sturdy while also being lightweight, which makes them perfect for a kitchen environment. But you can also get bowl lights made from acrylic, which makes them cheaper while keeping the same gorgeous style.

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3. Exposed Bulb Pendant Lights

Exposed bulbs are amazing in general. I love the old-fashioned Edison filament bulbs, and sometimes you want to show off the bulb just as much as the light itself! If this sounds like you, you should think about utilising some exposed bulb pendant lights in your next home improvement project.

In the last couple of years exposed bulbs have come back into fashion, with the bulbs seeming to get bigger and bigger. And I love it! Because of the rustic, industrial feel these kinds of lights give off, you will often see them in American Diner style restaurants – they make great restaurant lighting.

They are also great if you’re on a budget, as you don’t need to buy a shade or anything to surround the bulb (hence the name exposed!).

4. Abstract Pendant Lights

Abstract lights allow you to express yourself and your sense of interior design through your choice of light in ways that other pendant lights simply can’t.

Walk into my any model house and you’ll see the standard chandelier or hanging pendant lights, because they work well and they please everyone. And that’s great, but it can lack individualism and imagination.

That’s where abstract pendant lights come in. They allow you to express yourself through a quirky design, or a design theme that most others don’t really experiment with in their homes.

One thing to consider with these lights though are that they work better as ambient lighting than they do as the main light in a room. As well as this, they are often quite small when compared to other types of pendant light, so may not be able to illuminate a whole room as brightly as you’d like.

In our store we make sure to list the lighting area for each of our lights, so you know before you buy if the light is going to be sufficient to light up the size room you’re thinking of putting it in!

A great application for abstract pendant lights would be a corridor or stairwell, as you naturally have smaller lights in a line every 5-10 steps or so, rather than one larger central light like you’d find in a room.

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5. Multiple Pendant Lights

Multiple pendant lights are my personal favourite option, which is why I have left it until last.

As the name would suggest, this category is simply defined as combining several pendant lights together to create your own home lighting installation. It allows you to bring out your creativity when redesigning a room, and with the right interior design skills you can take an already great light and really take it to the next level.

There are many opportunities to add in an assortment of pendant lights to a room, such as in a foyer, but it really works best when you have the arrangement centred over a large object, such as a dining room table or a kitchen island.

Having them above a dining room table works so well because in most cases a dining room table is the centrepiece of the dining room, so having a number of lights above it captures a person’s attention as soon as they walk into the room. When done right, they almost become a big, beautiful arrow pointing down to what is I’m sure an exceptionally nice dining room table.

Have a look at our Nordic Hanging Pendant Lights, with multiple colour variations working together to create that big, beautiful arrow above the dining room table.

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