Pendant Lighting: Modern Lighting For Your Home

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A pendant light is a type of lighting fixture that hangs from the ceiling by a cord, chain, or rod, typically suspended by a single point of attachment. It is called a "pendant" because it hangs down like a pendant on a necklace. Pendant lights are often used as decorative and functional lighting solutions in residential and commercial spaces.

Pendant lights offer flexibility in terms of placement, style, and functionality. They provide both illumination and an opportunity to enhance the aesthetics and ambiance of a space, making them a popular choice in interior lighting design.

Hanging pendant lights involves several steps to ensure proper installation and safety. Here's a general guide on how to hang pendant lights:

Prepare the electrical wiring: Before starting any electrical work, turn off the power to the circuit where you'll be installing the pendant lights. Use a voltage tester to double-check that the power is off. If you're unsure or uncomfortable working with electrical wiring, it's best to hire a licensed electrician.

Install the mounting bracket: Most pendant lights come with a mounting bracket that needs to be attached to the ceiling electrical box. Remove the existing fixture, if any, and attach the mounting bracket securely to the electrical box using screws. Make sure it is level and stable.

Connect the wires: Gently pull the electrical wires through the center of the mounting bracket. Follow the wiring instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Hang the pendant light: Depending on the design, pendant lights may have different methods of attachment. Common options include using a cord, chain, or rod. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to attach the pendant light to the mounting bracket securely. Make sure it hangs straight and level.

Adjust the height: Adjust the height of the pendant light to your desired position. Pendant lights often come with an adjustable cord, chain, or rod, allowing you to customize the hanging height. Trim any excess cord or chain if necessary, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Double-check stability: Ensure that the pendant light is securely attached and stable. Gently shake it to make sure it doesn't sway or wobble excessively.

Restore power and test: Once the pendant light is properly installed, turn the power back on and test the light to ensure it functions correctly.

Remember, electrical work should be performed by a qualified professional if you're not experienced or confident in working with electrical wiring. Safety is paramount, so it's always better to seek professional assistance when needed.

The height at which pendant lights should hang depends on several factors, including the purpose of the lighting, the location in the room, and personal preference. Here are some general guidelines to help you determine the appropriate height for pendant lights:

Over a Kitchen Island or Dining Table: When hanging pendant lights over a kitchen island or dining table, it's common to position them so that the bottom of the pendant is approximately 30 to 36 inches (76 to 91 cm) above the surface of the island or table. This height allows for sufficient task lighting while preventing the pendant from obstructing the view or interfering with activities.

In a Living Room or Entryway: Pendant lights used in living rooms or entryways are often hung slightly higher than those over tables. Aim for a height of around 60 to 70 inches (152 to 178 cm) from the floor to the bottom of the pendant. This positioning provides a balanced visual presence and prevents taller individuals from hitting their heads on the pendant.

In a Bedroom or Hallway: Pendant lights in bedrooms or hallways can be hung at a height of 72 to 78 inches (183 to 198 cm) from the floor to the bottom of the pendant. This placement ensures that the pendant doesn't impede movement or create visual obstructions.

It's important to note that these are general guidelines, and you may need to adjust the height based on the specific circumstances of your space. Consider the ceiling height, the overall dimensions of the room, the pendant's size and shape, and the intended lighting effect when determining the optimal hanging height.

In addition, if you have multiple pendant lights in a row or cluster, ensure that they hang at consistent heights and maintain a visually pleasing arrangement. It's often helpful to test the height by temporarily suspending the pendant lights using an adjustable hook or cord before making a permanent installation.

Cleaning pendant lights is an important part of their maintenance to ensure they remain in good condition and continue to provide optimal lighting. Here's a general guide on how to clean pendant lights:

Turn Off the Power: Before cleaning any electrical fixture, including pendant lights, turn off the power to the circuit at the breaker box. This ensures your safety during the cleaning process.

Remove Dust: Start by removing dust from the pendant light. You can use a soft cloth or a feather duster to gently wipe away any loose dust or debris. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or pull on the fixture.

Cleaning Solutions: Depending on the material of the pendant light, you may use different cleaning solutions. Here are some options:

Glass: For pendant lights with glass shades, you can use a glass cleaner or a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water. Apply the solution to a soft cloth or sponge and gently clean the glass surface. Avoid spraying cleaning solution directly onto the pendant light, as it may seep into the electrical components.

Metal: Some Pendant lights with metal finishes can be cleaned with a mild metal cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water, but always refer to the manufacturers instructions. Be cautious with abrasive cleaners or scrub brushes, as they can scratch the finish.

Fabric or Fabric-Like Materials: If your pendant light has fabric or fabric-like shades, check the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning recommendations.

Drying: After cleaning, make sure to dry the pendant light thoroughly. Use a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess moisture. Ensure that the pendant light is completely dry before turning the power back on.

Regular Maintenance: To keep pendant lights clean, regular dusting can help prevent the buildup of dirt and grime. Consider dusting the light fixture periodically to maintain its appearance.

Remember to always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and maintenance specific to your pendant light. If you're unsure about the appropriate cleaning method or have concerns about handling electrical fixtures, it's best to consult a professional or contact the manufacturer for guidance.

When choosing a pendant light, it's important to consider several factors to ensure that you choose the right one for your needs and space. Here are some key things to know and consider:

Purpose and Function: Determine the purpose of the pendant light and how it will be used in the space. Will it be primarily for ambient lighting, task lighting, or decorative accent lighting? Understanding the intended function will help you select a pendant light that meets your specific lighting needs.

Size and Scale: Consider the size and scale of the pendant light in relation to the room and the space where it will be installed. Measure the ceiling height, available space, and the desired visual impact. Ensure that the pendant light is proportionate to the room and other furnishings.

Style and Design: Pendant lights come in various styles, shapes, and designs. Consider the existing decor and design aesthetic of the room. Choose a pendant light that complements the overall style and enhances the visual appeal. Pay attention to the materials, finishes, and design details that align with your desired look.

Lighting Requirements: Assess the lighting requirements of the space. Determine the desired level of illumination, whether you need a focused or diffused light, and if you prefer dimmable options. Consider the type and wattage of bulbs the pendant light can accommodate and their energy efficiency.

Height and Hanging Options: Determine the ideal hanging height for the pendant light based on the location and purpose. Different pendant lights offer various hanging options, such as adjustable cords, chains, or rods. Ensure that the pendant light provides flexibility in terms of height adjustment to suit your needs.

Installation and Wiring: Consider the installation process and any additional wiring or support needed. Pendant lights typically require electrical wiring and connection to a ceiling electrical box. Assess whether you're comfortable with the installation process or if you need to hire a licensed electrician for professional installation.

Pendant Lighting: Modern Lighting For Your Home

Contemporary sculptural fixtures to traditional pendants, find Pendant Lighting in a plethora of styles and sizes to suit your interior. Burke Decor’s Pendant Lighting collection features pieces from top home décor designers Aerin + Alexa Hampton + Barbara Berry +BD Fine Lighting + BD Studio +  Corbett Lighting + Currey & Company  + Ian K. Fowler + E. F. Chapman + EuroFase + Jamie Young + Kelly Wearstler  + Sean Lavin + Feiss + Ferm Living + Hudson Valley Lighting + Jamie Young + Mitzi + Noir + Nuevo + Regina Andrew + Robert Abbey + Sea Gull + Surya + Troy Lighting—bringing the finest materials, craftsmanship, style and quality to your home. 

 Create an organic statement while lighting up the room with Ferm Living’s rattan Braided Lamp Shade pendant. Elevate your living space or entry with Aerin’s elegant, sculptural Cosima Medium Chandelier for added artistic appeal. Simple, clean, and elegant,  Becki Owens’s Ivy Medium Pendant frames light in a massive glass teardrop shape for optimal presence. Deceptively simple in appearance, Flos’s IC Lights S Pendant Light delicately balances a blown-glass opaline orb atop a thin bent steel stem for maximum impact in minimal space. Bring ambiance and diffused, glowing light to any space with Flos’ sculptural Viscontea Cocoon Pendant Light. Crafted from naturally finished rattan and brass, Jamie Young’s serenity-inducing Nazas Pendant brings to mind the breathtaking beauty of tropical blooms. Create a minimal japandi kitchen with a hand-woven rattan Whisper Pendant. Look up and marvel at the golden sun rays of the Alexa Hampton’s metallic modern Helios Wide Pendant. Both dramatic and architectural, Kelly Wearstler’s Cleo Pendant highlights the beauty of mixed materiality, blending frosted glass + antique brass + smooth marble into bold geometric forms. Playful and minimal, Hudson Valley Lighting’s Hinsdale 4 Light Pendant orb lights cluster around a square metal beam as if some unseen magnetism were at work, exhibiting sophistication and wonderment. With designs by top designers, Burke Decor’s curated collection of modern pendants are crafted from the finest materials including brass, stainless steel, iron, wood, rattan, glass, and quartz. Elevate your space with light fixtures that compliment your design style. Burke Decor’s expansive Pendant Collection can accommodate a myriad of design styles— including contemporary, mid-century modern, coastal, modern, transitional, and traditional design. Don’t be afraid of the dark, illuminate your home with light fixtures by top industry designers. 

Burke Decor’s curated collection of Pendant Lights includes a wide variety of styles, shapes, and designs for your home decor needs. Take up minimal space with maximum aesthetic and illumination impact with pendant lights. Burke Decor has endless options to curate the home of your dreams. Browse Pendant Lighting below. All orders over $50 ship free to the 48 contiguous states.