Residential lighting can be categorized into three groups:
- Ambiance - offers an overall warm appearance throughout the home
- Accent - spotlights specific features in the home such as artwork, flooring, or architectural details
- Task - focuses on areas where multiple tasks take place, often in the kitchen, where several tasks are performed simultaneously.
Pendant Lighting Usages
Pendant lighting falls in the category of task lighting and is often installed in frequently used areas such as the kitchen and dining room. These lights are also commonly referred to as suspenders or drops. They are mounted from the ceiling where the light source hangs from a cord or rod. Pendant lights can be hung alone or can be hung in twos or threes, often over a long space such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar.
Pendant Lighting in the Kitchen
Pendant lights can easily be mixed with other lighting groups. They are often the focal point in a room, so matching the fixture style to the room d��cor is important. Most kitchen designers and manufacturers are aware of the need for pendant lighting and have taken steps to creating pendant fixtures that compliment cabinet, flooring, and countertop styles.
For the kitchen, pendant lights should be made of high-quality materials that can be cleaned easily. Grease and grime can quickly build up so consider a fixture that can be removed easily and won't be damaged by cleaning agents.
Pendant Lighting Options
During a remodel, a lighting professional should always be consulted to ensure that adequate lighting will be properly spaced. Consider installing dimmers and multiple switches so that ambiance, accent, and task lights can be turned on separately to create different moods in your room.
Pendant lights also have a space-saving advantage since they are hung from the ceiling and do not occupy valuable floor space in the home. Most pendant lights can accommodate incandescent, halogen, and compact energy-saving florescent bulbs.