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The rise and rise of the pendant light – Lighting Direct's best-sellers

Author: Tina Pancholi
Published: March 13, 2013

There is no doubt that pendant lighting is super-stylish and will help round off your interior décor perfectly; whether you’re looking for pendant lights for a modern or traditional setting, these glamorous, contemporary or classic themed lights will help enhance your home and living spaces and also have a design that won’t go out of fashion fast.

Pendants can be used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways for warm, sparkly or slick illumination. Below we throw some light on twelve of our bestselling pendant lights to help you in your search for your perfect light.

Bar Pendants

Thanks to it’s unique but practical shape, the bar pendant light is ideal for use over dining tables, although it can really be placed anywhere you see fit. The Station 3 Light Bar Pendant - Cotswold Cream for example, would look wonderful placed over a breakfast bar in a bistro or french-inspired kitchen. Or if cool and contemporary is your thing, you could go for the Boda 3 Light Pendant, which is fresh, clean and modern with a designer feel. This great looking bar light would look equally as good in a living room or bedroom as it would a dining room and offers soft, diffused light that is still strong and effervescent enough for the every day.

Stylish Chandeliers

Most chandeliers have a traditional ‘feel’ as they are based on traditional designs that at one point accepted real candles. Nowadays, most accept candle bulbs but are a mixture of traditional design and modern materials, such as the Oxford 6 Light Chandelier - Polished Chrome. This striking chandelier combines real lead crystal with a durable polished chrome finish and an old-style design for a pendant light that definitely makes a statement. This would be ideal for hanging in a hallway for an instant, eye-catching statement feature. If you like chandeliers but like authentic looking finishes, the Vaudeville 5 Light Pendant may be the perfect light for you. This impressive light has a beautiful antique brass finish and elegant design that would sit well in a house which is dedicated to the timeless.

Cluster & Cascade

Cluster and cascade lighting is ideal for hallways, stairs and high ceilings due to a design that mostly consists of multiple lights closely spaced in a cluster or cascade formation. They are brilliant for creating illumination that sparkles and for making an impact. The Galileo 20 Light 2M Pendant would be most suited to placement in a hallway with a very high ceiling, due to its wonderful cascade design and would fit in perfectly with soft décor and furnishings. This kind of light wouldn't need to be replaced in a hurry as its neutral crystal finish fits in with most colour themes.

The stunning Light Eye Cluster Pendant is a wonderfully striking pendant light in an elegant modern polished chrome design. Ideal for those who like a contemporary touch, it would make an eye-catching feature placed above a spiral stairwell.

Perfect Pendants

Single pendants are perfect for almost any setting from large to small. They are easy to install and provide a simple way to add instant edge or glamour to a room. The Zaragoza 3 Light Pendant - Red - 600mm, for example, can be used to make a bold and striking statement. This red pendant light would look gorgeous in a retro setting, either in a living room or bedroom.

Rise & Fall

Rise and Fall lighting is a stylish option based on the French designs of the mid 1900's where they were commonly used to light kitchens, cafes and bistros. The excellent thing about these lights is that they can be height-adjusted at any point after installation, giving you complete control over the type of illumination you want to achieve. Keep them at ceiling height for a stronger starker light for everyday activities; lower them for warm, cosy dining and relaxation. The Alessandra Rise and Fall Pendant would look beautiful dotted at various points throughout a contemporary kitchen and would also fit in with most decors and furnishings thanks to an unobtrusive design. If you want something a little bolder, why not bring a slight continental feel into your home with the Polka Rise and Fall Pendant - Antique Brass, which definitely makes a statement. This rise and fall pendant is excellent for placement over a dining table or breakfast bar.

Semi-Flush

If you like the stylish and opulent but lack the space for huge statement pieces, our semi-flush ceiling lights may provide you with the perfect solution. As semi-flush lights are fixed to the ceiling via a short-bar, they are ideal for properties with low ceilings as they don’t hang down. The unusual and unobtrusive Tugel 3 Light Flush Fitting - Satin Chrome combines an aesthetically pleasing swirl design with the durability of modern materials for a ceiling light that will deliver on all fronts. This floral-inspired light would look great in a living-room. However, if you prefer something with a bit more glitz, the very shiny Sassari 5 Light Semi Flush Fitting could be your perfect match. Faceted glass droplets will add sparkle and shine to any low-ceilinged room.

We hope our best selling pendant lights have provided you with some inspiration or better still delivered your ideal light to you on a plate. If you haven't quite found what your looking for why not browse our full range of pendant lights?

Alternatively, if you're looking for more inspiration try our Lighting Ideas section.