Littman Bros |  February 2, 2018

The Versatile Beauty of Designer Pendant Lights

As you browse through online catalogs and lighting showrooms, you’re bound to see several different types of light fixtures for sale. All of the options can make you wonder which variety will best suit your needs, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed as you weigh your options. In today’s post, we’ll review six types of designer pendant lights to help you understand the difference between them and how you might benefit from each.

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Common Types of Pendant Light Fixtures

When you are shopping for designer pendant lights, you’ll soon discover there are many different types of fixtures. Thanks to their versatility, pendants make a great addition to any room, allowing for affordable illumination that combines style and function.

Mini Pendants

When it comes to versatile lighting fixtures, mini pendants may provide the most bang for your buck. Featuring compact bulbs and shades, they are a wonderful way of creating decorative task lighting in bedrooms, offices, and kitchens. They can also be grouped closer together with transparent shades to create stunning ambient illumination in a room. No matter what your design preference is, mini pendants are sure to meet your needs.

Bell Pendants

Fixtures that feature a bell-shaped shade are often appropriately referred to as bell pendants, and whether you choose a glass or metal shade, you’re sure to achieve the level of illumination you are after. Wider bell fixtures are a wonderful way to create ambient lighting in a space, and smaller pendants, like the Sonneman Waveforms Small Bell LED Pendant, are especially useful for generating beautiful task lighting.

Lantern Pendants

As the name suggests, this type of pendant traditionally features a metal cage and glass side walls, allowing for ample illumination in entryways, hallways, and lobbies. Most lantern pendants feature multiple bulbs, and incorporating dimmer switches into your lighting design will allow you to easily customize the intensity of illumination. From traditional lantern shapes to contemporary interpretations, these fixtures add instant character to any space.

Bowl Pendants

This type of fixture features a glass bowl that filters the light to create widespread ambient light in a room. The bowl is attached to the bottom of the fixture with a center downrod, and it may also be attached to the downrod with three or four decorative chains or bars. If you’re searching for an elegant lighting solution, check out the Trans Globe Olympic Polished Chrome Pendant or the Trans Globe Apollo Nickel Pendant.

Drum Pendants

If you are searching for a modern lighting solution that provides the same benefits as a chandelier without the formality, a drum pendant light might be just what you need. The drum-shaped shade of these fixtures can be made from metal, wood, fabric, glass, or another material, and can even be embellished with decorative fringe around the edge. These pendants provide excellent ambient light and are versatile enough to suit any room.

Linear Pendants

Ideal for providing task lighting for kitchen islands, linear pendant lights are composed of multiple bulbs attached to a single canopy. These stylish fixtures may be designed simply for functionality and contain as few as two simple bulbs like the Artcraft Lighting Wellington Island Light, or it may be more ornate, featuring anywhere from six to ten bulbs like the Gallery Royal Ebony Island Light by Quoizel Lighting.

Designer Pendant Lights and More!

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