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Pendant lights - your options

Author: James Descombes
Published: October 26, 2012

Your place is looking good – the furniture is in place, the decorating has been done and you’ve installed all the little luxuries that make a house a home. There’s one thing missing though – ceiling lights that give every room that all-important x-factor.

That’s where pendant lights come in. They’ll add extra style to every room, so your home has personality, charisma and simply looks amazing. There are lots of different designs available, so you can choose a pendant light that best suits you.

Here we take a look at what your choices are:

Single pendant lights

Simple designs can often be the most effective. And single pendant lights do just that – keep things simple. They feature a single light and usually have a cool and sleek look. They make particularly good kitchen and hallway lighting, thanks to their unobtrusive design.

Take the Nexus 10 Pendant, for example. You won’t find many simpler designs than this; yet its slimline, no frills look is beautifully minimalistic and modern – the brushed steel makes a real difference. Install it in your kitchen and you’ve instantly moved up a few places in the style stakes.

For an equally sleek, but slightly bolder design, check out the Hemisphere Telescopic Halogen Pendant. This light fits nicely into a hallway or kitchen, and features a polished chrome finish and glass shade.

Cascade pendant lights

As the name suggests, a cascade pendant light features multiple bulbs that flow from top to bottom. They’re attractive lights, designed to create a real wow-factor, making them a great choice for the living room; where everyone can see it, or the bedroom; where you can add your own personal style.

The fabulous flowing style of the Galileo 20 Light Pendant is perfect for creating an elegant focal point if your room has a high ceiling. 20 halogen lights create a cascading effect, while crystal glass shades and a polished chrome finish give it extra gloss.

Pendant lights are all about creating the style that you want – whether it’s a modern and contemporary look or something more traditional. The Sculptured Ice 5 Light Pendant is an artistic and quirky option for homeowners who want to create something a little different. It's sure to get people talking when they’re dangling down from the ceiling.

Bar Lights

Bar lights provide a great mix of form and function – bulbs hang from a single bar, creating a modern and sleek look. The amount of light that these lights deliver make them a good choice for your living room, dining room and even your hallway. They’re also a good option if you’re tight on space, because the single bar doesn’t require too much ceiling room.

The Boda 3 Light Pendant is a great example of a sleek bar light, which is particularly suited to being placed over breakfast bars and dining room tables. A simple bar with satin chrome pendants and three glass cylinders, it can be summed up in three words… simple, stylish and effective.

For something a little more intricate, take a look at the Station Lamp 3 Light Pendant. It’s available in cream, polished chrome, polished brass and copper, and you can also choose between single, double and triple light options for certain colours. The light has a traditional and elegant look, and the three-light pendant is made to order.

Multi-arm chandeliers

When it comes to making a statement and creating real wow-factor, look no further than a multi-arm chandelier. These large and extravagant lights are designed to be seen, so put them on full show in your living room or hallway.

The chrome-finished lead crystals on the Oxford 6 Arm Chandelier give off a sensational sparkle, which will brighten up any room. And it looks amazing hanging from the centre of your ceiling.

For some sophisticated style, the clean classical lines and lightly ribbed detail of the Boston 3 Light Pendant is all you need. It has an antique look, making it a good choice for a warm and homely living room. It’s been specially designed for rooms with lower ceilings too, so there are no confines on styling your home.

Rise and fall pendant lights

These lights offer a flexible lighting solution, enabling you to position the light high up or low down. They come into their own in the kitchen or home office, where you may need to illuminate your work area.

In fact the rise and fall system originated in France in the 1900s, where they were often used to light cafes, kitchens and bistros. Our rise and fall lights have contemporary designs, but the fundamentals are still the same.

The Polka Rise and Fall Pendant Fitting makes for a great office or kitchen light with its simple, sleek and compact design. Its antique brass design adds a touch of traditional elegance to whatever room you choose to put it in.

On the other end of the scale is the Brenda Double Rise and Fall Ceiling Pendant – a quirky and brave ceiling light, which is crammed with charisma. It comes in white metal and grabs attention in any room.

Why not take a look at our full range of Pendant Lights?

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.