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Kitchen Pendant Lighting Tips

Kitchen Pendant Lighting can make a powerful statement and be used to stylish effect when incorporated into the design of your kitchen/diner. Whether you want to create a warm and welcoming environment or a dramatic space, kitchen pendants can play a role. Let’s take a look at a selection of the best.

Some Food for Thought

Simply Stylish

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Lighting in the kitchen needs to be functional as well as stylish and layering of light in this area works well. You may choose to use recessed spotlights for the entire ceiling area and then use pendant lights to carve out different zones for food preparation or dining.

Groups of 3 always work well so why not choose a pendant light such as the Petto Pendant – Copper and position in a group above a wooden or marble kitchen island worktop for effortless style. The sleek copper finish on this pendant light will also complement modern brightly coloured spaces.

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Introducing Colour

Inject some colour into the room with a kitchen pendant light in a sharp vibrant tone for an inviting feel. Take the Soho Pendant – Red with its modern styling and smooth red finish which can be positioned over white kitchen units with granite worktops for a simple yet striking design.

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Making a Statement

Whether you prefer red gloss units or monochrome styling with black granite and quartz worktops, the kitchen/diner is an area where you can make your mark in terms of design. For statement lighting why not choose the Academy 3 Light Bar Pendant – Stainless Steel. This striking contemporary piece teams stainless steel with glass and features a set of 3 lights. It will work beautifully positioned over a white marble topped kitchen island or a glass or wooden dining table.

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For an eye-catching contrast against simple white shaker style or gloss kitchen units try the Colman Pendant – Black. Its bold black structure and strikingly warm gold leaf effect inner shade will add texture and depth to your kitchen.

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Embracing Modernity

Clean lines and handle-free units can create a sharp look for your kitchen/diner. Whether you choose a rich walnut or high gloss cream finish for your units, a striking contemporary kitchen pendant light can enhance the space. The Tarugo LED Bar Pendant in polished chrome will provide both ambient and task lighting positioned over a smart laminate work surface or dining table and will be a striking addition to your décor. Its use of advanced energy efficient LED technology makes it cost effective too.
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Fine Dining

The kitchen/diner is quite often the place where the family gathers to eat. Kitchen pendant lighting positioned over the dining table can create a cosy ambience whilst adding to the overall design of the space. Getting the height right for your pendant lighting is important. The Provence Rise and Fall Pendant – Polished Nickel can be manoeuvred as and when required. It will work well with solid oak flooring or slate tiles to complete the look.

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The Brenda Double Rise and Fall Pendant, as its name suggests, can also be height adjusted over your table when needed. This double tiered white metal kitchen light will work with a simple white kitchen or contrast with a vibrant colour palette.

From bold statements to minimalist designs, we have a wide selection of kitchen pendant lighting for your home.

For more inspiration have a look at our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Inspirational kitchen lighting ideas

Are you looking for some inspiration and new kitchen lighting ideas? The importance of the right kitchen light should not be underestimated. Get it wrong and you can find yourself with a poorly lit space but get it right and you can create something spectacular. It’s all in the planning and your great ideas must be woven into your kitchen/diner design plans right from the outset.

You need to assess how you use your kitchen, its style, and the overall design effect you want to achieve.

More than just a place for cooking

A Social Hub

From morning ‘til night the kitchen/diner is the hub of the home. Whether it’s hurried weekday breakfasts or a leisurely week-end brunch over the newspaper our day starts and finishes in the kitchen. As a nation of tea drinkers the first thing we do is pop the kettle on the minute we come in from work, from walking the dog or doing the school run and we need a warm and welcoming ambience for our kitchen space whatever the time of day.

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The Sunbeam Wire Light System will give an even spread of light around your kitchen. Each spotlight can be individually directed to highlight, for example, seating areas where you can chat with friends over a glass of wine. This lighting system gives a new and innovative twist to the traditional spotlight.

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After Dark

They say all the best house parties end up in the kitchen so why not move away from traditional white lighting and try something new by introducing 5M LED Flexi Strips – RGB Colour Changing. They are perfect for under kitchen cabinets, work surfaces and shelves, a great way to add the wow factor. Moving through the colour spectrum they will add vibrancy and warmth to your kitchen/diner helping you, the family and your friends to unwind and relax after a hard day.

Food Prep

When it comes to chopping up vegetables, peeling potatoes and cooking you will need task lighting which directs a shadow free light on to your kitchen work surface. Energy efficient LED technology is at the forefront of today’s lighting so the LED Linkable Strip Light – 27 LEDs is certainly a good choice if you want a bright natural light for your food preparation. Simply install it under your kitchen cabinets and prepare your culinary delight. Kitchen lighting ideas image 3

 

Spotlights still have their part to play in modern kitchens and the Davida 4 Light Spotlight Bar combines contemporary style with LED functionality and can be positioned to light up your work surfaces to maximum effect. From food preparation, washing muddy boots at the sink, helping the children with their homework or doing your paperwork, task lighting is essential for every kitchen.

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Dining

Today the main dining table is quite likely to be in the kitchen. When we can it’s nice to sit and chat with the family around the table sharing stories and chatting about the day. Ambient lighting is a must for around the kitchen table and can be achieved through wall lights, pendant lights, plinth lighting, floor lamps or even a chandelier to make a statement. Try the decorative Polka Rise and Fall Pendant – Antique Brass above your table. It can be lowered for dining then raised a little for after dinner socialising.

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Group together lights at different heights over your table or kitchen island for a dramatic effect or install a triple light fitting such as the retro styled Dynamo Triple Pendant. Another clever kitchen lighting idea is to use one of the decorative filament bulbs on the market for an eye catching design effect.

From traditional to contemporary, functional to the aesthetic a rich mixture of stylish lights will enhance your kitchen space. Why not have a look at our full range of kitchen lights.

For more inspiration see our Lighting Ideas section.

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Lights for your Dream Kitchen

The right lighting will play a big part in helping you to realise your vision of your dream kitchen. In order to find the perfect lighting you need to consider the specifics of your ideal kitchen. Do you love to cook and require the perfect conditions to create your culinary masterpieces?

Perhaps you dream of a kitchen that is the heart of your home where family and friends can socialise. Once you’ve established your personal requirements you can begin the process of finding kitchen lighting that will help you to achieve your vision.

Finding the right lighting

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Practical lighting

If you are an enthusiastic amateur chef then you’re going to need extra task lighting to aid food preparation. As I’m sure you know, it’s far too easy to make a mistake or cut a finger when working in shadow. The Set of Four Surface Mounted LED Downlights are easy to install and as well as adding practical task lighting right where you need it they also add charming accent lighting when the main lights are off. They are LED lights so produce little or no heat, just the job for the hot working environment of the kitchen.

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However if you need something that can fit into a much narrower space you may want to consider Surface Mounted LED Strip Lights. These are again perfect for under cabinet task lighting.

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Adaptable Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is probably the most versatile room in the house that serves a number of different functions such as cooking, eating, socialising, playing with the kids etc. If your kitchen is abuzz with many different activities during the day then adaptable lighting may be just what you need. The Polka Rise and Fall Pendant Fitting in Antique Brass can be adjusted to suit any situation. Leave it up high for a broad distribution of light or lower it down to create a cosy ambience in the evening, perfect for entertaining or romantic dinners.

If antique brass isn’t your thing don’t fear as it’s also available in cream and antique nickel, which makes it easy for you to find the right one for you and your home.

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Gorgeous Kitchen Lighting

Let’s put function and practicalities aside for a moment and concentrate solely on the appearance of your kitchen. To find the right lighting for your dream kitchen you need to consider, what is the overall theme or style you are trying to achieve? For example the Station Lamp Cotswold Cream Pendant has bags of classic character with an old-fashioned elegance and charm. It should work well with most retro or vintage styles of décor.

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For a subtler look, how about the Café flush fitting light. This elegant kitchen light is ideal if you have a smaller space, or simply if you want to create a warm atmosphere with fittings that are flush to the ceiling.

These are just a sample of the kitchen lights available here at Lighting Direct. In this modern world it’s important to have your piece of space and serenity. Your kitchen should be the warm and glowing heart of your home. So switch on and take a look through our Kitchen Lighting range and wait for that lightbulb moment!

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Top 10 kitchen lights

The kitchen/diner is often the focal point for family life and the key to a well-presented kitchen is effective lighting. Kitchen lights need to reflect and complement the range of activities that take place there – food preparation, cooking, socialising and dining.

A properly lit kitchen will help to differentiate the various areas within the space. Try using more than one light source, combine different fittings to create task, ambient and decorative lighting.

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TEN OF THE BEST

Fireguard LED6 Spotlight

This smart contemporary spotlight will work well in a modern setting. Its 38 degree beam angle will create focused task lighting, perfect for illuminating the food preparation areas. Using advanced energy efficient LED technology it is a very cost effective way to light this space.

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Station Lamp – Baby – Copper

If you want a traditionally styled ceiling light for your kitchen with a retro twist then you must take a look at this bespoke Station Lamp from British designers David Hunt Lighting. This beautiful hand finished baby pendant light has a sleek copper finish.

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Kasko LED Ceiling Fitting

This pendant light combines clear glass with satin chrome to create a striking piece of contemporary lighting for your kitchen/diner. The long lasting energy efficient Kasko is height adjustable at the point of installation. This eye-catching fitting will be perfect for your decorative lighting.

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Sunbeam Wire Light System

For a contemporary take on the traditional spotlight, why not consider this unique lighting system. Housing 5 fully adjustable spotlights you can choose where to direct the light for maximum effect. It can either be wall or ceiling mounted according to your preference and is a strong choice if you have uneven ceilings.

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Tukon 4 Light Bar

If you are looking for an ultra-modern and streamlined spotlight bar then the Tukon fitting is the answer. Constructed from stainless steel with a matt nickel finish it will be a smart addition to your kitchen lighting scheme. Each of the 4 spotlights is individually adjustable for directional lighting.

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Dynamo Triple Pendant – Antique Chrome

Smart decorative lighting will enhance your kitchen space and this retro pendant light will work well positioned over a work surface or a dining area. For a different design effect why not choose a decorative filament bulb to complement the fitting.

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Fisherman Large Pendant – Satin Silver

Taking its design influence from the traditional ‘Fisherman’ style pendant, this sleek kitchen light will be an attractive feature positioned over your table or work surface adding layers of light to your room.

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Polka Rise and Fall Pendant – Antique Brass

Inspired by the French designs of the mid 1900s where the Rise and Fall System was used to illuminate kitchens, cafes and bistros, this antique brass pendant light can be lowered or raised as and when required. It is ideal for creating a warm ambience in the dining area where your family gathers to eat.

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American Diner Pendant

If you favour a traditional style then this unique designer pendant light made to reflect an American style will appeal. Finished in antique brass with a striking corrugated glass shade makes it an elegant feature for a kitchen/diner.

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Dome Spun Pendant – Standard

If a simple minimalist style is the look you want to achieve for your kitchen light then this sleek pendant fitting in a polished aluminium finish is a good choice.

Looking for more inspiration and guidance? Go to Lighting Ideas

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Lighting focus – Kitchen / Diner

What is the new generation of first time home buyers looking for? They recognise that the first rung on the property ladder will almost inevitably mean a house with modest accommodation. However expectations are high in terms of style and design. Since the kitchen/diner is likely to be the focal point of family life it is essential to focus on the design of this particular room.

Kitchen lighting will be crucial. It will need to reflect and complement the range of activities that take place there – food preparation, cooking, socialising – and help create a feeling of warmth and well being at the heart of the house.

How can lighting help?

Lighting can help differentiate the various areas within the single space of the Kitchen/Diner. It can create the appropriate ambience whether it’s in the more high tech food preparation area or where the family gather for meals. Click here for a look at kitchen island lighting.

The one feature that is common to the whole space is the ceiling. The lighting here must work throughout and must be absolutely flexible to cope with the different zones of the room. Dimmable ceiling spotlights are the answer. This flexibility in lighting allows the homeowner to adjust the light according to need – bright during food preparation, more subdued when dining. The warm white light of the Fireguard LED6 downlighter creates a fresh but not too stark solution for this space. The stylish brushed nickel finish will certainly appeal to the more discerning consumer. Catering for all tastes, these fire-rated downlighters are also available in polished chrome and white.

These spotlights meet all current fire and building regulations and provide 80% energy saving when compared to Halogen. Since energy use standards require 75% of new build lighting to be efficient, these LED lights fit the bill perfectly. Installation too is quick and easy and with a ten year warranty this product is a very cost effective answer.

The Dining area

This is the area where home owners will want to entertain friends and family in a relaxed and informal setting. Clever and stylish lighting which creates a convivial atmosphere will allow them to showcase their home. Lighting Direct can provide a cost effective solution. One product to consider is the Endon Polka Rise and Fall Ceiling Pendant which would make an ideal central lighting feature above the dining table. This is a traditional light fitting with a design dating back to the mid 20th century but with a stylish satin nickel finish. It has a very retro look which will complement the nickel finish chosen for the ceiling spots. As the name implies, this light fitting is adjustable and can be positioned to suit the occasion.

The Kitchen area

A splash of colour in this area could be very appealing to the discerning buyer. Under counter strip lighting is available in a number of colours but the use of Deltech’s blue flexi strips for example would add a ‘wow’ factor and an interesting and attractive feature within the overall lighting design. It’s worth noting that the blue strip is no more expensive than the white option.

Another way to add pools of light to the kitchen area is by illuminating the cabinets. Fixed Downlights in Satin Chrome continue the contemporary theme. They make brilliant display lights as almost 100% of the light energy points downwards highlighting anything on the shelf below. Glassware in particular would look stunning. These downlighters provide up to 10,000 hours of warm white light. They are simple to install and carry the ‘B’ energy rating.

This feature has focused on a small number of our vast range of products suitable for the modern kitchen/diner. For more inspiration and products why not check out our kitchen lighting and dining room lighting sections.

Alternatively, why not take a look at our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Kitchen Lighting Guide

As any good estate agent would tell you, lighting is extremely important in any room, capable of turning “dull” into “dazzling”. The kitchen offers more scope than most rooms for creative use of lighting too. Glass-fronted cabinets, the underside of worktops and other room furniture can all be treated to a little extra illumination. But to make it happen, there’s a whole host of Kitchen lighting to consider. To avoid any confusion, here’s a guide to what’s out there.

Pendant lights

Unless you’re planning a very odd lighting arrangement indeed, your main light sources in the kitchen will hang from the ceiling. Depending on the look you’re after – and to an extent the dimensions of your kitchen – there are several main types to consider.

The most basic of the bunch are pendant lights, where a lamp and shade hang from a fixture in the ceiling. These aren’t the best choice if you have a kitchen with a very low ceiling, but choose the right shade and they can become a focal point of the room. Quite how these fittings will disperse light also depends on the shade, but they will tend to be more efficient than full frosted glass fittings.

When it comes to pendants, you’re not limited to a single light, either. If you need to light a large area with few fittings, a bar pendant uses a stiff rod or bar to arrange several bulbs powered through a single hole up top. The multi pendant style is similar, but generally with a less rigid array. The multi pendant type offers some particularly striking designs.

Rise and Fall lights

As an alternative to a simple pendant, one of the most ‘on trend’ lights at the moment is a Rise & Fall Pendant Light. These stylish and useful light fittings can be raised up out of the way when not needed and lowered for dining. This ability also helps change the ambience of the room as desired.

Flush ceiling lighting

If you don’t have the ceiling height to let a power cord dangle down, there are a number of other options. Flush lights only extrude a short way from the ceiling. Naturally, this means they also take up more of the ceiling area than most pendants too. Often made of frosted glass, flush lights produce soft, diffuse lighting.

However, for the most contemporary look, recessed spotlights or downlights are certainly also worth considering. These only inhabit small, stylish-looking fixtures, but as they’re designed for bulbs that produce a fairly narrow throw, more are needed to light a large kitchen. Simultaneously striking and subtle, recessed spotlights will match a modern design kitchen down to the ground.

When looking to install lights in a kitchen you should always take care to ensure that the light fitting has a suitable IP Rating. Rising moisture in kitchens from the likes of kettles and cookers can be a factor that people sometimes forget.

Spot lighting

When it comes to focusing on particular objects in the kitchen such as a shopping list whiteboard, calendar or picture, single spotlights (recessed, wall or ceiling mounted) can be used to add that decorative touch. Single spots are so small, light and versatile these days that they are able to fit in most places. With a little planning a single light can have an enormous effect on the illumination of your kitchen.

If on the other hand you like the idea of neat spotlights but need greater illumination, a plate and bar spotlight array is just the ticket. These encompass several spotlights – or downlights – on a plate, or along a bar. Just like a multi pendant, this gives you greater power per ceiling or wall fixture.

Strip lights

If a spotlight’s throw isn’t suitable, or if the area you’re looking to light is just too awkward for that fixture, you need either LED or fluorescent strip lighting. Thin, light and able to fit into corners – with self-adhesive models readily available – these are the only picks for brightening up the undersides of cupboards or work surfaces.

Both fluorescent and LED lighting strips offer very long life, but LEDs in particular offer stupendous longevity – they last for tens of thousands of hours (plus they also come in a choice of covers)! The quality of light the two types emanate is also a little different. Using frosted shades, fluorescent tubes provide a soft, diffuse effect while LEDs are crisp. Forget your experiences of the harsh, unforgiving strip lighting of the office – these are perfect for some kitchen applications.

Looking for more advice and inspiration? Take a look in our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.