Types of hanging light fixtures

Types of hanging light fixtures

Hanging light fixtures are usually of two kinds: chandeliers and pendants. Both are available in great variety, for the discerning buyer. Hanging light fixtures hang from the ceiling, at a specific height from the floor.


A chandelier is sometimes a very complex creation that is elaborate and ornate, but in modern times, it can also be simpler and more functional. A grand, elaborate chandelier is often a status symbol, even though it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Also, being often large, it serves the purpose of lighting up a room very well.

Factors to consider while buying chandeliers

If you decide to buy a chandelier, there are certain factors that need to be considered. These are the height of the ceiling, the size of the room, the material the chandelier is made from, the wattage of the bulbs and the design of the chandelier. A chandelier that is about 17-20 inches in diameter will fit a small room that is 10 by 10 feet. However, if the room is 12 by 12 feet in size, it is better to go for a chandelier that is 26-27 inches in diameter.  Generally, a room that is smaller than 10 by 10 feet goes well with a chandelier that is between 17 and 20 inches in diameter. A larger room of 14 by 14 feet can accommodate a chandelier between 26 and 36 inches in diameter. Also, the chandelier should be hung at a height that is no more than about 30 inches from an object it directly shines on, like a dining table.

Pendant lights

Pendant lights are hanging light fixtures that are both stylish and functional at the same time. There are inverted pendant lights, mini pendant lights, island pendant lights, pendant lights with fabric shade, and multi-light pendant lights.  Pendant light shades are available in metal, glass and fabric. Fabric shades give diffused light, and are best for bedrooms.

Factors to consider while buying pendant lights

Important factors to consider are the purpose of the light and its location. Typically, pendant lights range from 5 to 43 inches wide in size. Pendant lights above a countertop or dining table should be at a height of 24-30 inches. Make sure that the pendant light comes with extension rods or adjustable chords so that you can alter the height if needed. Another point to remember is to check if there is a dimming option, if the light turns out to be too bright for you.


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