Choosing the right pendant light for your space can be a daunting task. What style to choose, whether it’s the right size for your room and how much light it will provide all need to be considered when searching for the best solution. Here, we share our top three tips for choosing a pendant light for three places in the home – over a dining table, a kitchen bench or island and over your bedside tables – to help you find the perfect pendant, every time. Don’t forget to shop our extensive pendant light collection now!
- Pendants over tables should be hung approximately 1.7m from the floor, or 70-82cm above the tabletop. This should allow enough space for people sitting at the table to comfortably have a conversation without the light obstructing vision.
- One of the most striking lighting trends is clustering, which works well over a dining table. Choose an odd number of pendants (three is a good place to start). Cluster them close together at different heights to create drama, or hang evenly spaced at the same height for a classic look. Use a family of pendants in different shapes, or the same pendant in different sizes or colours to tie the look together.
- Consider having dimmers installed so that you can enjoy both bright and ambient light from your pendants – perfect for dining tables where you might prefer brighter light for mealtimes and relaxing ambient light for after-dinner drinks.
Kitchen island or bench
- Pendants over a kitchen island or bench should be hung approximately 55-70cm above the bench top. Your pendants should hang low enough that they cast sufficient light over your workspace, but not so low that you’re hitting your head on them or that they obstruct your view across the room.
- When choosing a pendant for kitchen islands or bench tops, consider the light already available to you and let your pendants fill in the gaps. For example, if you have plenty of natural light during the day and ceiling lights that provide ample task lighting at night – you may only need your pendants to look beautiful and provide ambient light. However, if your kitchen pendants will act as your main task lighting, choose styles that direct the light straight down onto your work surface. It’s best to evenly space kitchen pendants so they distribute light evenly.
- Consider the size of your space. How high are the ceilings, how wide is the space? Too small and your pendant will get lost, too big and the space will look cluttered. Try making cardboard cutouts of the pendant shapes and sizes you like and hold them up in the space to get an idea of what works best before you buy.
- Because no one is likely to bump their head on it, a bedside pendant can be hung slightly lower to create a cosy feel and add ambient light to the space. Your pendant should sit at roughly the same height a bedside lamp would – generally speaking this is usually around 40-55cm above your bedside table.
- When choosing a pendant for your bedside don’t forget to consider light projection. The lower your pendant is hung, the shallower the light projection will be – that is, the less light it will throw. The shape of the pendant also contributes to this – the wider the opening of the pendant, the farther the light will be thrown. If you want the pendant to provide enough light to read by, hang it a little higher, but if you just want the warm, cosy feeling of ambient light, go low!
- When hanging pendants, always get someone else to hold them up and stand back to see what they look like. It’s difficult to gauge the height and positioning of the light in comparison to your side tables if you can’t see the full context, so make sure to stand back and show your electrician exactly where you would like your lights hung.