Glass pendant lamps add transparency to modern spaces. Crafted by hand using age old techniques, they come in a variety of styles that fit most any interior design. They are available in clear, tinted, or frosted versions. They also come in a variety of finishes and can be combined with other colors for extra contrast.
Shades are the main feature of many pendants and can be crafted from a variety of materials. From mouth-blown Murano flutes to industrial-style ribbed globes, and from fabric-covered drums to enameled or hand-hammered metal, they vary in function from throwing off ambient light to diffusing it for a soft glow.
Some pendants, like those that use a single bulb, are dimmable and have easy-to-use controls to adjust the intensity of light output. These lights are ideal for bathing a room in a soothing, warm glow or for illuminating specific areas of a room for task lighting.
They can be made of a variety of materials, from glass and crystal to metal and concrete, and are also available in various sizes. These are perfect for highlighting an art piece or creating a dramatic focal point in your home.
For dining rooms, kitchens and living rooms, these pendants provide a stylish source of illumination that can be dimmed or brightened as needed. They can also be used for general or task lighting depending on their design and how they distribute the light.
These hanging lights can be grouped to form a cluster that looks especially beautiful in a stairway or high-ceilinged foyer. You can also hang them in sets to create a visual focus on a table or countertop.
When choosing a fixture for your space, it is important to consider the size of the area you want illuminated as well as how many pendants you need. It is best to choose an odd number of pendants for a stationary object such as a desk, table or counter, because they will help the area appear to be more visually balanced.
To determine how many pendants you need, measure the length of the table or surface where you intend to hang the fixture. Then subtract 12 inches from each measurement to ensure that you have enough clearance on all sides of the fixture. Then divide the result by the total desired number of pendants to get the minimum and maximum width of each pendant.
Then, you can determine how high to hang the fixture from the ceiling. For a 14 foot ceiling, you will need a pendant that is 28-38 inches above the table or counter. For an 8-foot ceiling, you will need a pendant that will hang at least 7 feet above the floor.
You can also use pendant lights to provide reading lighting in the bedroom or office. They are also great for lighting up the living room, dining room or entryway for a cozy vibe.
If you prefer a more natural, organic approach to lighting, try pendants that feature woven bamboo designs. They cast a soft, warm light over the table or floor below while creating playful patterns on the wall.