The term pendant light describes a light fitting which is suspended from the ceiling.
Pendant lights are some of the most common lights used in a home, as they provide a general, ambient light, and can also be decorative to complement and enhance your decor. They can be small and compact or large and striking, and used in any space in the home, from the kitchen to the dining room to the hallway. There are even black pendant lights suitable for outdoor use.
Factors to consider when choosing a pendant light include the ceiling height and interior style, as well as personal taste. There are designs to suit all decor styles, from functional lights in simple shapes to elaborate chandeliers or crystal fixtures with multiple arms, to suit every setting from an industrial warehouse to a rustic beach house or traditional country farmhouse. The range of pendant designs available is vast, and black pendant lighting is some of the most popular as it works with a wide range of interiors.
When choosing a pendant light, you will need to consider the placement within a room and ensure a suspended fitting will not cause an obstruction. A low, multi-arm pendant in iron and glass is eye-catching, but will not be practical in a narrow hallway. Pendants are often placed over furniture or fixtures, for example over a kitchen island, where several can be used in a linear group, suspended lower to provide a decorative feature.
Many pendants have a standard cable and lampholder with the shade providing the decorative detail. Round, drum or cylinder shades are some of the most common, but there is a very diverse range available.
For industrial interiors, black wire cage style lights which exposes the globe are popular. These may be a geometric shape or a ball. Traditional interiors can suit vintage iron and glass lantern styles.
Black pendant lights can be matte black or with a glossy finish, or there are black glass pendants which are semi-transparent. A popular choice of black pendants for modern and contemporary interiors are those which feature a metallic finish, for example copper, on the inside to add decorative interest. A gold interior or brass interior are other options.
LED globes are a good choice for pendants as they give a very high quality light output and come in a range of colour temperatures to suit all settings.