Pendant & Ceiling Lights

Pendant & ceiling lights add more than just glitz and glamour to the interior décor of one’s home. Chandeliers and discreet recessed lights just some of the countless styles of lights to choose from when deciding. The best feature of ceiling lights other than its aesthetic beauty would be the ability to easily brighten an entire room without much hindrance. The right spot with the correct placement is all it takes for a ceiling light to outshine its beauty.This type of lighting can be placed in office spaces also. In the working environment, it is important to have proper and clear lighting. Contemporary pendant & ceiling lights can  also be found to accommodate this requirement in the form of light beams or panels inserted into the ceiling at regular spaces ensuring great visibility.

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Great Pendant and Ceiling Light Ideas

Ceiling and pendant lighting is an easy way for you to cast ample illumination across large sections of space while also decorating the room itself. Hanging lights are as diverse, decorative and unique as any other type of lighting. This leaves you plenty of opportunity for decor. When you use LED pendant lights, in particular, you open yourself up to the benefits of LED lighting as well.

How To Use Ceiling Pendant Lights in a Hotel

  • Hanging pendant lights are particularly popular in hospitality settings due to their contemporary appeal. Most commonly, you will see pendant lights hanging in entryways, reception desk areas and hotel lobbies, as these tend to be the largest spaces.
  • Pendant lights look particularly beautiful when used to highlight the straight, long desks often found in reception areas. Lining them up on the ceiling above the length of the desk can make the space seem less clinical and more welcoming. It can also provide ample lighting to make sure the guests feel welcomed and safe when approaching at night.
  • Hotel entrances that have high ceilings can also benefit from pendant lighting. This will make a statement to the guest as soon as they step inside. Hotel lobbies are also excellent settings for pendant lighting, as they are usually quite spacious and have high ceilings. Filling that empty space with attractive, yet functional hanging lights can go a long way to warm up the atmosphere and make it feel more inviting.
  • If your hotel has a restaurant on the property, pendant lighting can also be very useful there. Installing interior pendant lighting in restaurants can create a specific mood or atmosphere, enhancing the customers’ dining experiences. Furthermore, since the lights can be turned on without a warm up period, and some can even be dimmed, you can set brighter lighting for employee meetings. This turns the restaurant into a multipurpose area.

Above all, LED pendant lights are energy efficient, as mentioned, and will therefore assist in reducing the hotel’s energy costs.

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Why Use LED Pendant Lights?

Pendant lights are fixtures that are used for area lighting, general lighting and even task lighting. They are mounted to the ceiling and hang by way of a chain, rod or cable. A pendant light gets its name from the fact that the lights are suspended much like a pendant on a necklace. The main difference between a chandelier and a pendant light is that chandeliers have multiple bulbs incorporated into one fixture, whereas most of the time, pendant lights only have one bulb.

Their versatility makes them easy to incorporate into any room of the house, and in most cases, you don’t even need an electrician to install them. Some pendant lights even have a long cord that can just be plugged into a wall outlet somewhere near the light.

Beyond their easy installation and decorative appeal, LED pendant lights have another perk: LED bulbs. LED lights bring with them an advantage over typical light bulbs, such as halogen bulbs. When you use LED bulbs, you’ll benefit from the following features:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Whereas halogen bulbs output 70 percent of their energy as heat, LED bulbs are capable of turning 90 percent of their energy into power. This is great not just for the environment but also for your electricity costs.
  • MODERN, STYLISH LOOK. LED is a modern style of light bulb that you’ll find in equally as modern pendant ceiling lights. Using these lights, you can add plenty of artistic flair to any drab room in seconds.
  • NO HEAT IS PRODUCED. As mentioned, traditional halogen bulbs output a considerable amount of heat. With LED bulbs, you don’t have to worry about that. They stay cool to the touch, which is particularly beneficial for those who live in a home with small, curious children.
  • LONG LIFE. Most LED lights have a minimum rating of 20,000 hours as opposed to the 1,000 hours, give or take, that traditional bulbs offer. In this way, you can reduce costs by not having to constantly replace the bulbs.

LOW MAINTENANCE. There is no upkeep needed for this type of light, and they are easy to simply screw into place.

Do LED Hanging Lights Require Any Maintenance?

Because of the remarkably long life of LED pendant lights, they will require very little maintenance if any. LEDs have a minimum rated life of 20,000 hours as opposed to the 1,000 hours of a standard bulb, so you can mostly install them and forget about them. All that is needed is an occasional dusting to remove dust and cobwebs.

Before you clean the lights, be sure you turn off the source of electricity by way of the switch so that you don’t accidentally shock yourself. If your pendant light is high up, be sure you use a ladder or step ladder to reach it instead of trying to access it from your stairs or an unstable surface or stool. Cleaning the bulb itself can be done just by removing it and wiping it off with a dry, non-abrasive cloth to get the dust off of it.

Are Pendant Lights Still On Trend?

Because pendant lights technically fall into the category of accent lighting, some people worry that these types of accents are not as stylish as they once were. LED ceiling lights such as lantern pendant light fixtures are as trendy as they ever were. In fact, they are seeing a spike in popularity these days.

Pendant lights are some of the most sought-after lighting options for rooms, especially in a kitchen. Mid-century and industrial modern pendant lights have taken centre stage as some of the most stylish additions to a room. They are so beloved that they are often used as a focal point in a space by using a dramatic pendant style.

The size of the pendant ceiling lights must be considered in relation to the size of the room or furniture you want to place them above. Below are some tips on choosing pendant lights in the appropriate size.

Pendant Size:

  • Add together the width and length of the room. Divide that number by 12 to find the best pendant width.
  • Measure the room’s height and multiply it by three. Divide that number by 12 to find the best pendant height.

Hanging Pendants Above a Table or Island

  • If you want to install breakfast bar lights the kitchen, you’ll first need to measure the diameter or the width of the surface. Take 12 away from that number, and you’ll arrive at the maximum suitable width for the island pendant lights. Keep in mind that a fixture that has a complex design will look larger and eye catching, so if you don’t want it attracting too much attention, you may want to use a smaller width than even that.
  • When hanging the pendants, begin with them approximately 85 centimeters above the surface. Be sure to consider the line of sight of those who will be near the lights, so no one has to deal with glare or worry about hitting their head on the light.
  • Space the pendant every meter or so above the counter.
  • Smaller surfaces no longer than two meters look fine with two medium pendants or one large pendant. Islands two meters or longer look fine with three medium or two large pendants. Over a dining table, arrange pendants in a row with a space of 71 to 91 centimeters from the tabletop to the bottom of the pendant.

Hanging Pendants As Ambient Light

  • Begin by adding the length and width of the room to determine the best diameter for the light fixture you want to install. A good rule is to have ceiling pendants hanging at approximately 50 centimeters below a 2.5-meter-high ceiling. For every additional 30 centimeters of ceiling height, add 8 centimeters to the hanging level.
  • In entrance halls and hallways, hang the lights at least 15 centimeters higher than the top of the front door.

LED pendant lights can be used in several ways in your kitchen. Some of the most common areas you’ll see Kitchen ceiling lights are:

  • Over a kitchen island to serve as task lighting
  • Over a breakfast bar, commonly with more than one hanging light
  • Over a dining table

There are three types of lighting commonly found in kitchens. These include:

  • AMBIENT LIGHTING. This is the main light source and can be achieved through the use of pendant lights and chandeliers.
  • TASK LIGHTING. Task listing is good for illuminating shadowy areas that need more illumination to navigate. They can also be lined up in the form of pendant lights above a counter or breakfast bar.
  • ACCENT LIGHTING. These are any other pendant lights you want to hang elsewhere to enhance the appearance and atmosphere of the room.

If you want ambient pendant lighting, space the pendants throughout the room or cluster smaller pendants close together. Generally speaking, the larger the area you want to light, the larger the light should be. That said, small pendant lights are perfect for sink areas.

For task lighting, op for a pendant that has an open top such as a drum shade to reduce the harshness of the light beneath. If you choose opaque shades, it will offer a softer glow, while translucent glass shades will reduce any glare. Use a pendant with a light-diffusing shade to eliminate any unsightly light circles.

To help you to determine the right size for your kitchen pendant lighting, follow these steps:

  • Measure the width and length of the island or breakfast bar
  • Minus 12 from the number
  • Use the new width and length and add them together to find the best width

Figure out how many pendants you should have hanging from the ceiling by:

  • Measuring the length and width of the island or breakfast bar and adding them together
  • Take away 12 from the total and then divide by any number from the allowable width
  • Divide that answer by two to find the number of pendants that can be hung

Determine how far to space the pendant lights by:

  • Measuring the length of your island, breakfast bar or table
  • Choose how many pedants you want to hang and then add 1 to that number
  • Divide the length by the number found in step 2 to find how much space should be between each light

LED colour temperatures are an indicator of the kind of glow that a light gives off. The colour temperatures are measured in units of Kelvin, represented by the letter “K.” The higher rating of Kelvin, the whiter and bluer the illumination will be. There are four main LED light colour temperatures:

  • Very warm white, which is under 2700K
  • Warm white, which is between 2700K and 3200K
  • Daylight, which is between 4000K and 5000K
  • Cool bluish-white, which is between 5500K and 6500K

For pendant lights, it is recommended that you use a 3000k warm white LED colour temperature. This temperature is pleasant to the eyes and matches well with other light colours. It’s important to keep in mind that mixing cold white light and warm white light will result in an odd appearance, making choosing this neutral 3000K light imperative.

LED light colour temperature guide

Generally speaking, one watt of LED light is equivalent to 80 o 100 lumens. This means:

  • A three watt LED light is the same as a 25-30 watt halogen bulb
  • A five watt LED light is the same as a 45-50 watt halogen bulb
  • A nine watt LED light is the same as a 60 watt halogen bulb

Because pendant lights are accent lights as opposed to task lights, they are best with 40 to 60 watt bulbs that have a warm white colour temperature of 3000K. Varying colour temperatures might be needed in different areas, however, such as a dining room that should be comfortably lighted for relaxation and not too bright. On the contrary, in the kitchen, you need enough light to be able to easily cook by.

Though some lights simply have a long cord you can plug in, not all do. Any pendant light that needs wiring work should be handled by a qualified electrician.

Pendant lights are a simple and quick way to add luxurious accent lighting to any space. From hotel lobbies to domestic kitchens, LED ceiling lights go a long way towards the practicality and decorative factors of your rooms all the same. Above, we’ve touched on some of the benefits of LED lighting as well as offered tips on picking the best pendant lights and installing them in your home or hotel.

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