An Introduction to Pendant Lighting




What is hanging light? Pendant lighting, also known as fold-down or illuminated lighting, typically consists of a single light hanging from a higher location, such as a roof or porch. It is often held by a chain or cord, which gives a resemblance to a necklace. These luminaires are often used in groupings as well as in single formations, depending on the environment. A single hanging light usually hangs from a high porch over the door or over a table. However, they tend to be placed in groups along kitchen rolls or in halls in a straight line information. Hanging candles can be found in a variety of materials, sizes and shapes, making them extremely popular for home lighting. The right hanging luminaire can really create a unique quality in any space.

Hanging lights can be found in many different quality levels. Some pendant lamps are real works of art, worth thousands of dollars, while others found in the local hardware stores etc are purely functional and have little aesthetic appeal. Because of this, there is also a large selection of quality and type of light emitted from hanging luminaires. The most basic types of hanging luminaires are dome-shaped and cone-shaped. Those formed shaped may be due to the spread of a large amount of light, or they may be narrow to produce a more direct beam. Dome charms can be made of metal, painted glass, blown glass and many more materials that can hold a dome shape. Pendant lighting that is cone-shaped is usually a more directional light source, giving very little light to escape from the area outside the cone's opening. The most common conical luminaires are made of tin, stainless steel and colored glass. Although these luminaires cannot be expected to illuminate a room with a single unit, they can create wonderful atmosphere by placing several in one room together.

There are many other forms of pendant luminaires, such as triangular, rectangular, round and square, and although these are used less, they allow so much artistic freedom in the creation of hanging light. Top lighting designers experiment with a wide range of shapes to create unique and interesting light fixtures. Some hanging candles are also designed from completely abstract shapes and patterns. Hanging lighting design is an art form that combines light usage with an artist's concept of form and color, and the results can be masterful. This type of work is no less credible than an original oil painting over the mantle, and it will surely change the atmosphere of a room.

Think of all these possibilities and the functions of the different types of hanging home lighting before you make a purchase decision. Style of a hanging fixture should match the home while serving to bring the right amount and type of light into the space.