Pendants Buying Guide

Pendants—made up of a light source hanging from a stem—have increased greatly in popularity, with an almost unlimited array of colors, materials, and sizes to complement nearly every room. Although typically used in the kitchen, pendants now appear in many other spaces.

Types of Pendants

Types of Pendants

Since all pendants include a stem with a light source, the biggest differences in pendant fixtures focus on the size (small versus large), the movability of light (stationary versus flexible), and the type of light (focused versus diffused). The type of pendant you choose depends on the function of room the pendant will light, the room’s decor, and the desired impact of the fixture.

Stationary Vs. Flexible

More often than not, a pendant’s light source remains stationary. However, some types of pendants have movable lights, allowing you to direct light to different spots as the task requires.

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Progress Lighting
$189.00 $126.00

Progress Lighting PRO-P5324-121 Finn Metallic Silver One-Light Pendant Light Fixture. Lighting > Pendants. New Perspective on a...n Open Cage Design, The Beautifully Graphic Frame Wraps Around an Etched White Glass Shade, Frame Creates a Focal Aperture... read more

Besa Lighting
$165.00 $162.00

Product Features: Finish: Satin Nickel Light Direction: Down Lighting Width: 4.5" Height: 6.5" Bulb Type: Incandescent Number of B...ulbs: 1 Fully covered under Besa Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use read more

Bling Jewelry
$55.99 $20.99

Show off your patriotism with a new red, white and blue enamel American flag baby shoe pendant. This adorable engravable sterling ...silver baby shoe charm is a perfect gift for anyone who loves all things American. Wear it on the Fourth of July or... read more

Small Vs. Large

Probably the biggest difference between pendant varieties is size: They range from large to small. If you choose small pendants but are filling a large space, you need to install a series of pendants to provide enough light for the room. Conversely, a small room may need only one or two large pendants for adequate lighting.

Focused Vs. Diffused Light

Different pendant types provide different light sources. Many small pendants typically focus light that spreads less widely; some even cast light up instead of down. Larger pendants often rely on conventionally sized lightbulbs, meaning the light spreads over a bigger space.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Once you decide on pendant size, movability, and light type, other purchase considerations involve your use and enjoyment of pendants. These factors include the availability of controls and dimmers, the material type and color of the pendant’s shade, and the length and adjustability of the stem. Whether you’re renovating a room or starting your decorating from scratch, it’s important to review each factor before making a purchase.

Controls and Dimmers

A wall switch typically controls a pendant. The switch may be outfitted with a dimmer. Some pendants possess capabilities to be integrated with more advanced lighting control systems or remotes.

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Insteon
$125.99 $49.99

Control multiple lights or appliances from a single button with scenes. With the Dimmer Module, scenes let you gracefully fade lig...hts in and out, combining the benefits of both preset on-levels and ramp rates. read more

Insteon
$117.99 $58.95

INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box Brand New Includes Two Year Limited Warranty The INSTEON Switchlinc - Dimmer White Box is a ...Dimmer Switch which can be remotely controlled from your smartphone which, when connected with a hub provides options like... read more

Fluker's
$15.76

Fluker's Clamp Lamp with Dimmer, 8.5-inch; Fluker's Clamp Lamp with Dimmer is an excellent accessory for your reptile's habitat fo...r necessary light or heat. All lamps accept both regular and ceramic heat emitting lamps. Safety clamps easily attach to... read more

Lavish Home
$40.26

Lavish Home brings you form and function with the LED Sunlight Floor lamp with Dimmer Switch. Add style to any home or office deco...r. The linear fluorescent bulb provides bright, natural light perfect for working, reading and more. Adjustable neck allows you to direct light where you need it. read more

Shade Color/Material

Pendant shade choices encompass all types of materials, from richly colored glass to deeply textured fabric, metal, and wood. The shade should complement the rest of the pendant’s composition as well as to the room as whole.

Stem

Consider how the stem drops from the ceiling. Its material should coordinate and complement the shade, and it should be adjustable to enable you to set the pendant at the right height for the room.

Style

From vintage to contemporary, pendants come in every decorating style. If your pendant is intended as a focal point, you may want to choose one that’s richly patterned. To allow your pendant to recede into a room’s composition, try a clean-lined style.

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Progress Lighting
$189.00 $126.00

Progress Lighting PRO-P5324-121 Finn Metallic Silver One-Light Pendant Light Fixture. Lighting > Pendants. New Perspective on a...n Open Cage Design, The Beautifully Graphic Frame Wraps Around an Etched White Glass Shade, Frame Creates a Focal Aperture... read more

Besa Lighting
$165.00 $162.00

Product Features: Finish: Satin Nickel Light Direction: Down Lighting Width: 4.5" Height: 6.5" Bulb Type: Incandescent Number of B...ulbs: 1 Fully covered under Besa Lighting warranty Location Rating: Indoor Use read more

Bling Jewelry
$55.99 $20.99

Show off your patriotism with a new red, white and blue enamel American flag baby shoe pendant. This adorable engravable sterling ...silver baby shoe charm is a perfect gift for anyone who loves all things American. Wear it on the Fourth of July or... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$254.00 $228.00

Parker Mini Pendant - Give Your Room More Illumination With A Metal Pendant Light - Our Parker Mini Pendant Features Steel Constru...ction In Industrial Finishes. This Hanging Light Fixture Exudes Retro Industrial Style That Is Reminiscent Of... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$65.00 $58.00

Nickel Pendant Light - Remodel Your Ceiling Lighting As Easily As Changing A Light Bulb - Update Your Home Lighting With The Nicke...l Pendant Light. This Pendant Lighting's Sleek Design Is Rendered In Steel With A Brushed Nickel Finish. A Satin Opal... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$114.00 $102.00

Sutton Pendant - Step Up Your Lighting With A Tiered Pendant Shade - With Its Distinctive Tiered Glass Shade And Sleek Brushed-Bro...nze Hardware, The Sutton Pendant Gives A Distinctive Glow To Kitchens And Sitting Areas. The Chicken Wire Detail... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$69.00 $62.00

Fields 1-Light Mini Pendant - Add Classic Appeal To Your Kitchen Pendant Lighting - Mini Pendant Lights Are An Easy Way To Add Ele...gant, Unobtrusive Illumination. Our Fields 1-Light Mini Pendant, Sophisticated In Aruba Teak-Finished Steel And Cream... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$45.00 $36.00

Pendant Adapter For Lamp Shades - Enhance Your Existing Pendant Or Recessed Lighting With A Pendant Adapter - Our Pendant Adapter ...For Lamp Shades Makes It Easy To Update Lighting In Your Home. The Metal Adapter Is Available As A Conversion Kit Or... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$694.00 $584.00

Ornamental Pendant - This Ceiling Fixture Provides Lavish Overhead Illumination - Rugged In Wrought Iron And Glass With An Old Wor...ld Finish, Our Ornamental Pendant Is A Delightful Design Choice. A Sphere Of Glass In The Shape Of An Ornament Encircles... read more

Kovacs
$1,275.00 $892.50

Single Light 5.75" Height Drum LED Pendant from the Hidden Gems Collection Features: Chrome metal drum shade Drum shades offer a s...imple, elegant design for any room Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Capable of being dimmed - allowing you to set your desired illumination levels when used with dimmable bulbs Energy Efficient Includes 6' of wire Minimum Height: 15 The minimum height product needs to hang using included chains or rods Maximum Height: 51 The maximum height the product needs to hang using included chains or rods Suitable for dry locations Lamping Technologies: LED - Light Emitting Diode: Highly efficient diodes produce little heat and have an extremely long lifespan. Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 1 Bulb Type: LED Bulb Included: Yes Watts Per Bulb: 40 Wattage: 40 Color Temperature: 3000K Dimmable: Yes Height: 5.75" Width: 23.75" Shade Height: 4.5" Canopy Height: 2" Canopy Width: 5.5" Wire Length: 72" Energy Star: No Compliance: ETL Listed - Indicates whether a product meets standards and compliance guidelines set by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory(NRTL). This listing determines what types of rooms or environments a product can be used in safely. Since 1954, George Kovacs has been at the forefront of developing the modern and contemporary design concept. These bold ideas have been conceived, then incorporated, into visionary lighting designs. They have become the favorites of today, and the bold trendsetting styles of the future. Kovacs lighting fixtures cover the array of indoor lighting including: chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, bathroom lights, lamps, track and under cabinet lighting. Experience for yourself the visionary legacy of George Kovacs in the choice of lighting in your own home. read more

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