The kitchen is a dynamic space used for different reasons throughout the day and evening, by all members of the household. If you love entertaining, you will also have lots of visitors in this space.
Lighting is a key element in any kitchen design.
As kitchens are often part of an open-plan zone, having several sources of lighting allows you to adjust it as needed.
The right lighting creates an inviting, romantic and fun atmosphere but most of all, a practical function.
In a layered lighting scheme, as often recommended for kitchens, there are four different types of lighting: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting.
A great lighting source for Task Lighting is a Pendant Light.
Pendant Lights are among the most popular and most widely-varied styles of lighting. They're also broadly defined, so many lights can fit under the pendant umbrella. The word pendant refers to any hanging lighting fixture that is mounted on a chain, stem, cable or wire.
Such lights offer an artistic centre piece and are easy to change. Kitchen pendant lights are the best place to start when combining functionality with a designer look.
While pendant lights aren't a new concept, they are experiencing a bit of a revival.
One of the valuable things about a pendant fixture is that it brings the light down from the ceiling and puts it closer to your counter or table.
The most popular use of pendants in the kitchen is over the kitchen island as task lighting. Pendant lights provide good illumination of a working surface make this space more attractive. Mini pendant lights usually fit over breakfast bars and sinks, perfectly and can often be installed adjacent to the kitchen window.
Most pendants will fit into one of these three decor styles. Not sure what kind of decor style you're looking for, here are some examples of each style:
Traditional: Traditional style pendants often showcase elegant designs adorned with decorative flourishes. You'll also find traditional lights with looks inspired by classic decor styles and eras.
Stepney 1lt Pendant
Transitional: Transitional style pendants feature a less adorned and more streamlined look than their traditional cousins but do sometimes still have the same touches of vintage-inspired style. Transitional is very versatile.
Contemporary: Contemporary style pendants are very streamlined and minimal in appearance. They are sometimes, though not always, little more than a cord and a light source.
Looks to choose from.
Consider the style of the space and pick something that is complimentary.
Sleek black, white and chrome designs will suit more modern and minimalist interiors, and intricate metal and large glass pendants will be a better fit for traditional homes.
Clear glass is great because it reflects the interior decor without overwhelming it. It works great in most rooms - and it the most cost effective!
Stout 1lt (Cougar)
Copper drop pendants are a striking feature! While they feel very modern and edgy, the copper colour offers a warmer look than most metals. I recommend using more than one, by grouping them together and varying their length.
Dome 1lt Brushed Copper
This look is creeping further into domestic environments. People are seeking out alternative materials to make their homes unique. For a softer look, opt for timber. Similarly, wicker can also work wonders.
Cage 1lt ( Cougar)
One of today's most prominent trends is using mini pendants in rows over kitchen islands or bars as a substitute for the traditional kitchen island light. These pendants are small and slender, often used in multiples and available in a huge range of finishes, shapes and styles. No matter what you're looking for, there's bound to be a mini pendant that will fit the bill.
Positioning Pendant Lighting
Generally, pendant light fittings are placed above an island bench in a single plane and in certain instances above a sink.
A good guideline is to use the “Rule of Three”.
To the human eye, the most balanced configuration appears to be an odd number.
Generally, two – three pendants work for best effect, (depending on their size), as four pendants would appear too cluttered or busy.
Sometimes intuition can act as the best guide and a hunch can help to be determined by a creating a sketch that is roughly to scale to see if your vision can work.
Energy Efficient LED Light Pendants
Brightness of globes for pendant lighting
Before purchasing your pendant lighting, you must consider the brightness you need to get out of the light itself. This will depend on several factors including purpose of the light. Are you using the pendant as task lighting, ambient, accent or decorative purposes only? What other light sources are in the room?
In a kitchen pendant light, you will want a 3000k or 4000k temperature, so the E27 Edison screw-in globe, which allows you to adjust the brightness if needed, is the most ideal. These also enable you to go over the top with the brightness of the globe and put on a dimmer and are suitable for most pendant lights. However, a small range of pendant lights will be built in LED which means you can't change the globe and make it brighter if needed.
Long lasting and using less energy than regular halogen globes, LED pendants will ensure significant savings on your power bills.
Below is an LED Filament globe, a globe ideal for you if need that extra brightness for your tasks, this however means the light output can be a little glary so installing a dimmer switch is recommended.
Pendant lights create the wow factor while serving a purpose.