A pendant light is a single light fixture that hangs from the ceiling. It may also be known as a drop or suspender, since it’s suspended by some means such as a chain, cord or rod. A billiard light, also known as an island light, is a type of pendant light with a longer fixture. They were historically used over billiard tables, although billiard lights are now a common lighting solution for kitchen islands.
Pendant lighting frees up surface space that would otherwise be occupied by a lamp. This advantage is most obvious in the kitchen, where countertop space is at a premium. Pendant lighting is also a great way to introduce more colour into an area. Pendant lighting can also serve as a focal point for the room.
The general rule for a pendant light’s height is that it should be suspended 30 to 50 centimetres (cm) from a standard 8-foot ceiling. Each foot above that height should increase the light’s suspension length by about 8 cm. In the case of a kitchen island, pendant lighting should typically be within one metre above the island surface to provide adequate illumination. However, your height may require you to increase this distance to ensure you have sufficient clearance with the pendant light while standing.
A 60 to 75-watt bulb is typically needed for every 50 cm of a surface of surface space, especially for activities that require good lighting such as reading and cooking. Pendant lights in the kitchen are typically arranged in a straight line, making spacing particularly important for a well-balanced installation. Use balloons to simulate pendant lighting by blowing them up to the right size and hanging them from a string at the desired height. You can then adjust their spacing to find the best fit for the room. An odd number of lights usually provides the most pleasing appearance. This effect is most noticeable when the lights are arranged in a group around a single point.
Pendant lighting should generally be as large as possible while still remaining proportionate for the room. It’s especially important that pendant lights not create an area with noticeably different illumination within the room. Larger lights can make a powerful statement, while smaller lights can be overwhelmed by other visual elements within the space. Furthermore, thicker fixtures can appear larger, which may affect the best choice of pendant lighting.
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