Pendant lights do more than just illuminating your work and living spaces. They provide ambiance, set the mood, transform the appearance, act as a statement piece and complement the existing décor theme. When there is so much to this versatile light, then choosing just another pendant won’t work.

Selecting the right pendant lights will mean you have to consider a lot of important factors including your budget, light’s purpose, ceiling height and the style you want. To ensure you cover all the essential points and make an informed purchase decision, we have come up with this guide to choose the perfect pendant lights.

Establish the Purpose of Light

The primary factor to take into account when planning to buy pendant lights is its purpose. Ask yourself, why do you want to install this light fixture? Do you need it for highlighting a beautiful vase on your side table or is it for direct lighting above your kitchen island to make cooking easier? Once you get the answers, you can filter your search and decide whether you’ll go for a pendant with a strong light enough to illuminate a big area or a soft one as an accent to set the mood.

Assess What Design and Style Will Work

Pendant lights are available in a wide array of designs including bowls, globes, drums and abstract. Here’s a brief explanation of each type.

Drum style lamps, as the name suggests, are in the shape of a drum and have a circular metal frame covered with fabric. They are good to be used for either ambient or task lighting. Make sure you choose a dark-colored fabric to let less light shine through.

Bowl style lights have a simple, yet functional design. Shaped like an inverted bowl, these ceiling lamps are great to be installed over a dining table. They are one of the most popular pendants for task lighting.

Globe design, also known as spheres or orbs, have a traditional round shape. These lamps feature an iconic mid-century look and make a bold statement. To give a quirky update to their classic look, hang them at alternative heights.

Abstract lamps are designer pieces that visual interest to any space. They have unique construction and are made of an array of materials. These pendant lights are preferred as decorative ambient lighting that instantly catches attention, thus making them ideal for foyers and hallways.

Determine the Right Height

The height at which you want to install the pendants affects its functionality and appearance (and sometimes your safety as well). The spot which you want to illuminate with these ceiling lamps will lose brightness if placed too high. On the contrary, placing them too low can put them in your line of vision (it's risky too!). Also, it is necessary to consider that your light fixture is not obstructing any door’s swing. Here are some general rules to make the most of your ceiling pendant light installation.

• Pendants should hang at least 12 to 18 inches below the ceiling which is 8-foot tall • For rooms with more than 8-foot-high ceiling, add 3 inches or more for every foot added to the ceiling • Fixtures that have decorative chains are not suitable for hanging at a lower height as it will expose more of the chain

Measure the ceiling height first as rooms with low ceilings are not an ideal place to hang pendants. Take into account the position and length of the fixture before installing them. It is advisable to contact a professional for installation if you’re not sure of your DIY skills.

Consider the Proportion

The proportion of the pendant lights to the room’s area is a crucial factor to consider. The fixtures should be proportional to the area where you want to install them. It can be explained as - small lights in a large room will go unnoticed whereas a large pendant in a small room can look overbearing. That’s why you should choose fixtures that neither dominate nor disappear, in fact, complement the space and make it more interesting. If you want to install pendant lights in a large room, go for a big, bowl or drum style ceiling lamp and if you have a small room, choose mini-pendants installed in a line to make them look proportionate.

Think of the Cluster

One of the most striking interior design trends is to install pendants in a group to create a cluster of lights. It is your choice as to how many pendants you want to install. Sometimes, a single light is enough to make a statement whereas many times a collection of four or five cute lights hung at different heights grab the attention. However, it is necessary to find the right number for the space. For example, a cluster of pendants in a kitchen will be overcrowding as a powerful, single source of light over the kitchen island is what’s required. On the contrary, a large room with numerous décor opportunities is the perfect place to display a beautiful cluster of decorative pendant lights hung asymmetrically.

When choosing the right pendant lights for your home, stylistic consideration such as the design and choice of the cluster are equally important as practical considerations such as ceiling height, proportion and purpose. Make sure that evaluate all important factors and select pendants that accent and complement the rest of your well-thought décor. Share your thoughts about this post with us and feel free to get in touch with our team to know more about pendant lights.