If you’ve flicked through any interior design magazine or caught up on the numerous home renovation shows lately, you’ll notice that pendant lighting is the design trend of the moment. While these lights are certainly a stand out piece, it’s important to consider the environment they’re going in in order to maximise their effect. Today, our experts have compiled a list of tips for you to keep in mind when considering your lighting options.
When using pendant lighting over a dining table, we recommend pendants to be hung between 71-81 centimetres over the table to allow ample room underneath without sacrificing light quality. It is also worth installing a dimmer switch so the fixture can provide brighter light when tasks need to be done but can be switched to softer lighting while dining. If you have a longer table consider multiple pendants to create an interesting focal point in the room as well as provide additional light to the area.
Pendants hung in hallways create a beautiful design feature in an otherwise solely practical space. Here you have the option to hang evenly spaced fixtures down the length of the hallway or cluster them together to create a focal point in the centre of the room. Be sure to consider any doors and windows that open into the space to allow enough clearance height for these.
Pendants are a great lighting option in kitchens providing spot lighting and adding an element of interest to your kitchen. Again, the ideal height for this is between 71-81 centimetres, so play around with a space between these heights to find the right spot. Make sure the fixture is high enough that you are not staring directly into the light while at the bench.
IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM
When using pendants in the middle of a room it’s best to ‘anchor’ the light with another piece of furniture below it; think chairs or coffee tables. This creates a point of interest for the piece as well as allowing you to hang the pendant at a lower height without creating an obstacle for someone to hit their head on.
BY THE SIDE OF THE BED
Pendants are now replacing bedside table lamps as the preferred bedroom lighting and are a great way to add ambient lighting. Bear in mind this limits the location of the bed so ensure you are happy with the room layout before installing to avoid having to move the lights.
IN THE BATHROOM
Pendant lighting is a fantastic alternative in the bathroom especially in front or to the sides of a mirror. The height should be enough that it does not get in the way while leaning over the sink but low enough for visibility during shaving or applying makeup. If the pendant alone does not provide this, consider adding down lights to compensate. As with any wet room lighting ensure your light has been rated for damp rooms.
For more specific pendant lighting options in your home, contact one our experts today on 1300 677 948.