The term pendant light describes a light fitting which is suspended from the ceiling. They are some of the most commonly used light fixtures in the home, as they provide a general, ambient light, and can complement and enhance your decor. Pendants can be small and compact or large and striking, and used in any space from the kitchen to the dining room or bedroom. Some pendant lights are suitable for outdoor use.
Industrial style is a type of decor that takes inspiration from the stripped-back approach of a factory, warehouse or other industrial space. These spaces often have exposed architectural features in brick, metal, wood or similar raw, rustic materials. The style became popular with the conversion of these commercial properties for residential use as a way to reflect the building’s history.
Industrial style pendants are just one of the many styles of pendant light available. There are many designs which give the antique look of vintage fixtures but using modern technology and materials.
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. Pendants are often placed over furniture or fixtures, for example hanging over a kitchen island to provide a decorative feature. They may be used singularly, as a cluster or some pendants are grouped along a single bar.
Many pendants have a standard cable and lampholder with the shade providing the decorative detail. For industrial interiors, wire cage style lights which exposes the globe are popular. These may be a geometric shape or a ball. In keeping with the industrial style, black or metallic finishes such as copper, chrome, brushed nickel, or silver are some of the most popular.
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. They are also highly energy efficient and have a long lifespan, minimising maintenance.