Scene-stealers, whether hung individually or in clusters, modern pendant lights make dazzling design statements. Our favorite pendants comprise the ornamental and the minimal, the industrial and the cutting edge—each a lights-out example of modern pendant lighting at its best.
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No modern dining space is complete without a delicious pendant light. Our favorite dining room pendant lights are a delectable lot, especially striking when suspended above a table or counter top.
Why Should I Choose Modern Pendant Lighting Over Other Kinds of Contemporary Ceiling Lights?
Modern ceiling lights of any kind offer the obvious advantage of taking up no valuable real estate in a home. Because they’re independent of a room’s floor space or surface area, contemporary ceiling lights, including pendant lighting, can be considered for their own merits, and for how well they complement a room’s other elements, without any thought to how much space is available in a room.
Beyond that very practical advantage, though, contemporary pendant lighting designs are simply great visual statements. Dramatically suspended in the air, they automatically draw the eye. With the advancement of technology and innovative material applications, contemporary ceiling lights are more versatile than ever, comprised of glass, metals, synthetic composites, and even concrete.
Finally, and maybe most relevant, is the fact that pendant lighting has the potential to emit the kind of nuanced lighting that enhances a room’s ambience immeasurably. Beautiful modern ceiling lights that emit beautiful lighting are a hard-to-resist combination. Many of today's modern pendants come with LED lights, allow for beautiful and energy saving designs.
Are There Rooms in Which Contemporary Pendant Lighting Looks Better Than Others?
Even though, theoretically, contemporary pendant lighting can be installed in any room, there are some rooms and spaces in which they look particularly striking. A large pendant lighting model, or a grouping of smaller pendant lights, looks particularly dramatic over a flat surface, like a dining room table or kitchen island—mainly because horizontal surface areas act as nice visual counterpoints to the vertical line created by pendant lamps. No doubt, this is a primary reason that modern pendant lighting appears so often in kitchens and dining areas. That said, depending on the particular features of your living room, bedroom, and entryway, modern pendant lighting has the potential to be equally striking in almost any room in a house.
With Modern Pendant Lighting, is Size Important?
As it is with any major design element in a room or space, scale is essential. Modern ceiling lights, including pendants, are more artful than ever today—making them particularly desirable. But scale—the size of contemporary pendant lighting in relation to other elements in the room, and the size of the room itself—has everything to do with how a space benefits from the chosen light fixture. Making sure that the pendant lighting you choose are not only ones that you love but also ones that are optimal for the room’s proportions, is as essential as almost any other feature of lighting design.
Modern Pendant Lighting FAQs
- Are Pendant Lights Going Out of Style?
Pendant lights are very much still a timeless element to have in any modern home. Perfect in almost every living space, pendant lights are particularly perfect for defining space in a room, or providing directly diffused light above a kitchen island or dining room table. Ideal for both small and large spaces, pendant lights are available in an incredibly diverse range of colors, materials, sizes, and shapes to fit your space with ease.
- How Low Should Pendant Lights Hang?
For optimal lighting and effortless use underneath, modern pendant lights should hang a minimum of 30-26 inches above the countertop of kitchen island they are installed above. This ensures no one will bump their head while sitting or moving about and your countertop will have ample direct diffusion for a well-lit space.
- How to Arrange Pendant Lights Over the Island?
To perfectly arrange your modern pendant lights over your kitchen island, first find the center point of your island. For two pendants, space them away at least 12 inches from the center point. For three pendants, hang one at the center point and then space the other two 24 inches apart on both sides of the center light. Three pendant lights tends to be the traditional number to have in a kitchen space, but the number you choose depends on the size of the pendant, the size of your kitchen island, and the impact you are looking to make.
- Can I Swag a Pendant Light?
If the pendant light design you have chosen has enough chain, rope, or wire, you can add a swag hook to your ceiling to easily and safely hang your pendant light. This adds some visual appeal to your ceiling and is typically seen in more traditional spaces, but also can be found in contemporary kitchens, living rooms, and dining spaces.
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