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Pendant Lighting Placement Guide for the Kitchen

Pendant light fixtures are truly universal because they are easy to install and can be used virtually anywhere. They come in various shapes and sizes, but you know them by their one similarity: They hang like a pendant from the ceiling. The kitchen is a common place to hang pendant lights, especially over the kitchen island or for use as modern lighting by hanging them over the kitchen table. How many lights should hang over a kitchen island? Take a look at this guide to help you decide how many to purchase.

Size Matters!

The number of island pendants that one kitchen should have is wholly dependent on the size of your kitchen island. There is no set rule for island sizes, but generally the smaller start at 24″ x 48″, while some go up to as many as 10′. For your buying convenience, we will start with smaller islands first and then move onto the more common sizes of six and eight feet.

When placing pendant lights, consider the usable space that needs lighting first. Three 16" dia. fixtures is more than enough to illuminate this custom 84" breakfast bar.

When placing pendant lights, consider the usable space that needs lighting first.
Three 16″ dia. fixtures is more than enough to illuminate this custom 84″ breakfast bar.

Does my kitchen need a single pendant?

The 16.5″ Heirloom Scalloped Radial Shade Pendant Light is a great choice for a smaller island. It is rather large in diameter, which would light up a 24″ area easily. These pendant lights are great because they are wired for service with compact fluorescent and HID bulbs, creating a clean and bright kitchen area to work with. Pendant light fixtures can be ordered with accessories such as cast or wire guards. In addition, their shade design comes in multiple colors to match any color scheme in your home or professional kitchen area. These details can be handled when you call customer service to place your orders.

What to Do When Your Island is Longer

Six and eight feet are common sizes for kitchen islands, but many people have trouble with placing the light fixtures. It is a good idea that if you’re willing to hang pendant lighting, then you’d want to divide your island into smaller sections and hang more than one pendant. For example, if your island is six feet long, you can easily divide it into two sections by hanging two pendant lights. You need to order larger light fixtures for such a situation, like the 14″ Heirloom Opal Shade Pendant Light, so that your kitchen island is well lit. While you’re searching for the right look, consider dividing your six foot or eight foot kitchen island into thirds and hang smaller pendant lights instead. For modern lighting, take a look at the 8″ x 7″ Prairie Barn Pendant Light.

Look to warehouse shades and barnlights to add industrial design elements to your kitchen.

Look to pendants with warehouse shades and barnlights to add industrial design elements to your kitchen.

 

These are the perfect match for those polished stainless steel kitchens that are popular today, especially if you have a metal or concrete-industrial kitchen island. Just divide your six foot island into three equal sections and hang one of our pendant lights in the direct center above each section. If you order with us, your cookery will be stylish and complete! Eight foot kitchen islands are a bit trickier, because you don’t want to divide them into threes – however, we offer the Topeka Ribbed Glass Antique Pendant Light just for this occasion. This pretty pendant light has a rustic feel to it and a sturdy 10″ glass shade – it even has an antique vintage key on the light itself and is still designed for control by a wall switch. Once you get your kitchen island divided, make your lighting choices from our vast array of pendant lights, and get started remodeling today!

 

 

Ceramic Pendant Lighting Ideas

Whether putting together a design plan for a new home, commercial space, or just a room to be remodeled, lighting design must be carefully considered.  Properly lighting a space helps a designer create a desired mood in a room by highlighting shapes, textures, and focal points.

Designing a lighting plan is harder than ever these days with hundreds if not thousands of options to choose from when it comes to light fixtures.  To narrow it down a little, let’s talk about pendant lighting.

Ceramic Pendant Lights by Fabby Lighting

Ceramic Pendant Lights by Fabby Lighting is offered in 13 standard designs and unlimited customizations! Click to shop~

When it comes to indoor light fixtures, pendant lights have a long history, and in recent years have seen a surge in their popularity.  Contemporary designers are using these fixtures in a wide variety of applications both residential and commercial.  From general kitchen lighting in a remodel to providing funky atmosphere hanging over tables in a new local restaurant, pendants lights are the answer to many lighting design problems.

Even within the narrowed category of pendant lights there are hundreds of options to consider such as style, materials, and design.  FABBY, an American lighting manufacturer is offering an interesting line of handcrafted ceramic pendant lights that may be just what designers are looking for.

The contemporary interior designer has one thing in mind when searching for indoor light fixtures, uniqueness.  Something like the 6″ Progressive Cylinder Pendant Light gives the designer the one of a kind look that is so sought after.  Perfect in its standard bisque finish, this material may also be painted any color of the rainbow using water-based paints.

Laid Back Modern Style

The modern look of pendant lights can be enhanced by the design of the fixture.  The 6.5″ Block Pendant Light with Square Light Windows achieves this feeling by drawing on the art deco style of the mid-20th century.  The style of this piece makes it the perfect fit for the urban loft or business.  This piece, like all fixtures in the line, contains standard hardware UL-approved “damp” making it suitable for all indoor applications, as well as sheltered outdoor areas.

The process of manufacturing this line is the real driver of its quality and variety.  The clay mixture used in the molding of these ceramic pendant lights is hand poured into molds then individually cut by local artisans.  This hands on process produces designs created with love, like the 9.5″ Tumbler Ceramic Pendant Light with Seashells.  This fixture would make a perfect choice for a seaside home, or any location with a beach theme.

Ceramic Pendant Lighting for Commercial Spaces

Many designers outfitting a commercial location have come to appreciate the value of pendant lighting.  Most prominently, the bar and restaurant industry has taken to using this style of fixture.  Designers have long used drop lights for kitchen lighting.  A restaurant or bar is really just a public kitchen, making ceramic pendant lights a natural fit.  Imagine this 6″ Convex Cylinder Pendant Light with Vertical Line Pattern providing the perfect atmosphere for a modern lounge.

When it comes to indoor light fixtures, it’s all about the right product used in the right place.  The next time you need to add accent pieces to a modern design consider ceramic pendant lights.  Their versatility and beauty may be the perfect fit.