Home Remodelling Guide

How To Effectively Use Pendant Lights in Your Home

Pendant lights are used in a variety of ways such as general lighting, area lighting, and task lighting. Pendant lights are usually found in our foyers, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, stairwells and family spaces.

They are also used to illuminate narrow hallways, to highlight and emphasize pictures, sculptures and paintings and to provide additional lighting to outdoor spaces and features such as a fountain, gazebo or pond. They could basically be installed in any area of our home.

To effectively maximize the benefits of using pendant lights, continue reading below.

Pendant lights for general lighting

Pendant lights are usually used as a focal point light fixture but they could also be used for general lighting since they could also be installed in group or cluster. A group of pendant lights could be used to illuminate a corridor or hallway or even your entire porch. You just have to match the space with the number of pendant lights.

If the space is bigger, obviously you would need to have more than two pendant lights, if its purpose is to be for general lighting. One appealing feature of Australian industrial pendant lighting is that these fixtures are designed to light up the ceiling. The light that spreads across the ceiling reflects it back down and allows us to have a bright view of the room or hallway or wherever the pendant lights are installed.

Pendant lights for area lighting

The major distinction between area and general lighting is that area lighting illuminates only a portion of a room. Area lighting supplement part of the general lighting, but it cannot generally replace it (unless as mentioned in the previous point, you install several light fixtures designed for area lighting to provide brighter lighting).Pendant lights fortunately are versatile and could be used both for general lighting and area lighting.

For example, you don’t want a table lamp or a floor lamp or wall sconces to provide additional lighting to your study room. These corner or area lights could be replaced with pendant lights giving you more space in your study room since they are hanging and suspended from the ceiling instead of being in the table or on the floor. As for wall sconces which are affixed on walls, pendant lights are easier to install compared to the sconces.


Pendant lights for task lighting

Pendant lights are usually installed over counters and tables. But they could also be installed for the purpose of task lighting say, above your bed for reading. If you don’t have enough space or room for a bedside table or a floor lamp, by adding a pendant lamp, you may still have plenty of light for reading or any other task that you need to do while in your bed.

It is also worth mentioning that you don’t need to be an electrician or hire one to install pendant lighting in your home. You just need to simply plug pendant lights into a wall socket near the lamp’s location and could be installed practically anywhere there is an outlet, without the effort and expense of installing wiring to the ceiling.

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