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Pendant Light Buying Guide 2024

Pendant lights can be your room's shining stars, adding light and style. But with so many choices, picking the perfect one can feel overwhelming. This pendant light buyer guide is here to help! We'll break down everything you need about pendant lights, from size and style to material and function. By the end, you'll be a pendant-picking pro, ready to find the light that makes your space sparkle.

What Is Pendant Light?

A pendant light is a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling. Imagine a light bulb hanging down on a cord, chain, or rod - that's a pendant light! They often have a shade around the bulb to look fancy and soften the light. You can use them alone or in groups to light up different areas of a room. You can see them in kitchens, over tables, or anywhere that needs a little extra light and style.

Differences and Similarities Between Pendant Lights And Chandelier Lights


The appearance is the primary difference between a pendant light and a chandelier. Chandeliers have more elaborate designs. They are elegant and make a great impression in a space. The focal point will be chandeliers. There is a vast array of forms and designs available for pendant lights. Pendants tend to be smaller and feel more clean and minimalistic than chandeliers.


Both pendant lights and chandeliers look great in any area in the house! In big rooms, chandeliers are typically used to generate ambient light, which uniformly lights a space; nevertheless, their elaborate patterns can cast shadows. A chandelier may light up an entire room with only one because of its numerous lights. For direct illumination, pendant lights work well (over a kitchen table, for example). Since each pendant light fixture typically only has one light bulb, smaller pendant lights are frequently utilized in sets of three, such as over a kitchen island.


Chandeliers are often far more costly than pendant lights, however there are exceptions. Because of their height and weight, chandeliers frequently need to be installed by professionals, which might increase the cost of your purchase. Conversely, a competent homeowner can occasionally mount a pendant light by themselves! When comparing prices, don't forget to account for the quantity of fixtures you will require.


When choosing between these two statement decorations, remember to think about maintenance. Due to its simplicity, pendant lights often have simpler lightbulb replacement procedures and are easier to clean. However, owing to their intricate design, chandeliers can be more difficult to maintain. A pendant lamp is your best option if you want less upkeep.

Types of Pendant Lights

Glass Pendant

Glass pendant lights are a notable favorite in interior design for homes because of their extreme versatility. With this kind of pendant, there are countless design and personalization choices. They may naturally diffuse light around your room and distribute it evenly. 

Glass pendants may be used anyplace in the house or place of business, regardless of the ripple and crosshatch light shade patterns you pick or the clear and opal pendant finishes. For instance, adding Schoolhouse Pendant Shades to your decor will provide a luxurious touch while delicately dispersing light around the area. 

Similarly, there are glass pendant lights with colorful shade finishes. The traditional Glass Pendant Light is offered in two smoked finishes to provide an additional vintage touch, as is the Crosshatch Glass Pendant, which is finished in blue and amber.

Multi-light pendant

There are two different types of Multi Light Pendants. The first design consists of several light sources mounted on arms that are joined to a central core. Like the Vault Multi Light, these can be shade-less, or like the Warehouse Industrial Light, they can be shaded lights that are fastened to an arm bar. They work well for lighting up big areas, like the master bedroom or the pub room.

The second type of multi-light pendant is a pendant cable light that is fastened to a ceiling rose and might have shades or not. These are perfect for hanging in wide-open spaces like foyers or stairway landings. They can be suspended on circular ceiling roses with up to three, five, or nine light drops, like the Cage 5 Drop Light. They also include long, rectangular ceiling roses, similar to the Dome Glass Pendant Light, with lights strung in a row. The former works wonderfully for stairwells, while the latter is excellent over kitchen islands or dining rooms.

Globe Pendant Light

These pendant lighting styles are also very popular. They have totally spherical, fully diffused or clear shades. They work well to create a traditional lighting effect or to distribute light evenly over a room. A great example of a globe pendant light is the Glass Ball Pendant light, which would look great in cafes, kitchens, or even down a corridor.

Linear Pendant

Linear pendant lights provide simple and practical lighting solutions. These lighting fixtures often have a single, long tube bulb mounted on a long, single canopy. These look great above kitchen islands, over long dining tables, hanging over a bar, or even used to brighten up the seating sections of coffee shops. Because of their compact form, such as the Pumpstation LED Light, they fit well in both traditional and modern decors while still providing the best possible light.

Shade Pendant

This is where you get to show off your creative side. A broad spectrum of lights is covered by this kind of pendant. From porcelain, brass, and copper shades to wicker, rattan-made, or wooden-finished finishes. Pendant lights with shades are useful and always look fantastic, whether they are an eye-catching Wicker Hanging Basket light or something as basic and timeless as the Factory style black shades. Additionally, it's the ideal method to add a statement piece to your décor.

Lantern Pendant

This represents the pinnacle of pendant lighting in the old style. These have a timeless appeal and an unrivaled classic character, often inspired by lights from bygone eras. They can be utilized to subtly improve an area. Lantern lights may completely change the appearance of your house. Choose from the classic-looking Manor Glass Pendant Light to the more understated Manly Glass Pendant Light (seen above). Install a transparent glass panel lantern light above a white dining table to give your Hamptons house a fresh look. Alternatively, use hanging lights to create a stunning first impression on guests down a corridor with a wooden floor. 

Drum Pendant

These lighting fixtures, which often have a cylindrical drum shape, are excellent substitutes for glass pendant lighting and can be employed as statement pieces. Drum shade pendants are frequently composed of fabric, which gives an area a gentle, dispersing touch. They can be utilized to create a focal point or to accentuate major spaces like the living room, master bedroom, or dining room in different rooms throughout the house. 

Things To Consider Before Buying Pendant Lights

Here are some things to consider when buying pendant lights:

  • Function: What will you be using the pendant light for? Task lighting, like for a kitchen island, needs a bright, focused light. Ambient lighting, like for a dining room table, can be softer and more decorative.
  • Size: Consider the size of the room and the table or surface the pendant will hang over. A large pendant light over a small table will overwhelm the space. Here's a rule of thumb: the diameter of the pendant should be about 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the table. You'll also want to make sure the pendant hangs at the right height. For task lighting, the bottom of the pendant should be 28-32 inches above the countertop. For ambient lighting, aim for 36-40 inches above the table.
  • Style: Pendant lights come in all sorts of styles, from modern and minimalist to rustic and traditional. Choose a style that complements the décor of your room.
  • Material: The material of the pendant light shade will affect how the light is diffused. Glass shades allow for a lot of light to pass through, while fabric shades create a softer glow. Metal shades can sometimes cast a more dramatic light.
  • Dimming: If you want to be able to adjust the brightness of the light, choose a pendant light that is compatible with a dimmer switch.
  • Number of Pendants: Do you want a single pendant or a cluster of pendants? A cluster of pendants can be a great way to make a statement and provide more light over a larger area.

Pendant Lights Maintenance

Pendant lights add a touch of beauty and functionality to your space, but like anything else, they need some TLC to keep them looking their best. Here are some easy tips to maintain your pendant lights:

  • Regular Dusting: Dust is the enemy of shine! Use a soft microfiber cloth or an extendable duster to gently remove dust from the shade, cord, and any other parts of the fixture. Aim to do this weekly or bi-weekly.
  • Deep Cleaning: For a more thorough cleaning, turn off the light and let the bulb cool completely. You can then remove the shade (if possible) and wash it with warm, soapy water. For the fixture itself, a damp microfiber cloth with a mild soap solution is your friend. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish. If your pendant has delicate features like crystals, use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove any dirt or cobwebs.
  • Bulb Check: Make a habit of checking the bulb periodically for signs of burning out or dimming. Replacing a burnt-out bulb promptly will ensure your pendant light continues to function properly and brighten your space.
  • Safety First: When cleaning or changing the bulb, always turn off the power to the fixture at the breaker box. This prevents any accidental shocks.
  • Inspect the Works: Every few months, take a moment to inspect the wiring and connections of your pendant light. Look for any signs of fraying, loose wires, or damage. If you notice any concerns, it's best to call a qualified electrician to address the issue for safety reasons.
  • Adjust for Style: Some pendant lights have adjustable cords or chains. If yours does, use this to your advantage! You can adjust the height of the pendant to optimize the light or create a new look for your space.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! With this guide in hand, you're well on your way to finding the perfect pendant light. Remember, the ideal pendant will not only illuminate your space but also reflect your personal style. Take your time browsing options, consider the factors we discussed, and don't be afraid to get creative! With a little planning, you'll soon have a stunning pendant light that adds both function and flair to your home. Happy pendant picking!