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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Gallery
$233.04

Set of 2 - This beautiful Chandelier is trimmed with Empress Crystal(TM) 100% Crystal Chandelier Pendant. A Great European Traditi...on. This beautiful pendant has 1 light and is decorated and draped with 100% crystal that capture and reflect the light of the candle bulb. The timeless elegance of this chandelier is sure to lend a special atmosphere anywhere its placed! PENDANT SIZE H.9 W.6 (EXTENDABLE TO 36 LONG) BULB TYPE: 50w HALOGEN GU10 (NOT INCLUDED). Assembly Required. Please note, when you purchase an item from the Gallery you can be assured of the Gallery 4 Points of Confidence: 1. Each item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, certifying this product is an authentic Gallery lighting fixture. 2. Each item comes with a Gallery backed warranty (Established 1978). 3. Each item will include Gallery verified and approved diagram and instructions. 4. Each purchase is provided with a toll free number for free Gallery tech support.Set of 2 - Modern Contemporary Mini Pendant Chandelier Lighting Geometrics Quantum H 9 X W 6 - Dressed with Green Color Crystal!H 9 W 6 (EXTENDABLE TO 36 LONG)1 Light 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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SkyLink
$90.94

The SkylinkHome Deluxe Lighting Kit includes everything you need to begin creating a wireless, remote controllable, automated ligh...ting and appliance control system. This kit is a great solution for those needing the ability to switch plug-in,... read more

Lutron Dimmer & Controls
$29.00

Magnetic Low-Voltage Dimmer Switch This 450-watt low-voltage dimmer features a toggle switch with a small slider control to adjust... the light level. Easy to install and has power failure memory with RFI suppression. Designed to control the "line" side of magnetic low-voltage transformers. The ivory finish fits in with most decor. Features a preset function, which allows the input of your most preferred light level. Requires a traditional-style wallplate (not included). read more

Lutron Dimmer & Controls
$26.83

Watt Compact Fluorescent/LED Dimmer Switch This three-way dimmer switch is for use with dimmable compact fluorescents and LED bulb...s. Handles up to 153-watts. Can also be used to dim incandescent and halogen bulbs. 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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$995.00 $746.25

#ONLYATNM Only Here. Only Ours. Exclusively for You. Lucite lantern pendant light. 19.4Dia. x 34T with 5'L chain. Steel frame with... polished-nickel finish. Uses four 60-watt bulbs. Imported. Weight, 52 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 58 lbs. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$45.48 $35.63

Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Indoor Ceiling Light:Traditional design that's perfect over tables and countertopsRich finish add...s a handsome touch to any decorSimple installationEasy-install connector clips included read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$12.36 $11.90

Better Homes and Gardens Pendant Indoor Ceiling Light:Traditional design that's perfect over tables and countertopsRich finish add...s a handsome touch to any decorSimple installationTraditional ceiling light has easy-install connector clips includedGood choice for kitchens and bathrooms read more

Hinkley Lighting
$373.50 $207.20

Four Light Full Sized Pendant from the Holden Collection Features: Etched Opal glass round shade Etched glass shades offer creativ...e patterns and designs Made of steel Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Suitable for dry locations Lamping Technologies: Bulb Base - Medium (E26): The E26 (Edison 26mm), Medium Edison Screw, is the standard bulb used in 120-Volt applications in North America. E26 is the most common bulb type and is generally interchangeable with E27 bulbs. Specifications: Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Energy Star: No Height: 5" (measured from ceiling to bottom most point of fixture) Location Rating: Dry Location Material: Steel Number of Bulbs: 3 Product Weight: 9 lbs Shade Material: Glass Shade Type: Etched Sloped Ceiling Compatible: No Voltage: 120v Wattage: 180 Watts Per Bulb: 60 Width: 16" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been driven by a passion to blend design and function in creating quality products that enhance your life. Hinkley is continually recommended by interior and exterior designers, and is available to you through premier lighting showrooms across the country. They pride themselves in delivering superior customer service that is second to none. They know that you have goals when it comes to your home's décor, and they care about helping you achieve the final outcome you are looking for in every aspect. read more

Hinkley Lighting
$373.50 $207.20

Four Light Full Sized Pendant from the Holden Collection Features: Etched Opal glass round shade Etched glass shades offer creativ...e patterns and designs Made of steel Designed to cast a soft ambient light over a wide area Suitable for dry locations Lamping Technologies: Bulb Base - Medium (E26): The E26 (Edison 26mm), Medium Edison Screw, is the standard bulb used in 120-Volt applications in North America. E26 is the most common bulb type and is generally interchangeable with E27 bulbs. Specifications: Bulb Base: Medium (E26) Bulb Included: No Energy Star: No Height: 5" (measured from ceiling to bottom most point of fixture) Location Rating: Dry Location Material: Steel Number of Bulbs: 3 Product Weight: 9 lbs Shade Material: Glass Shade Type: Etched Sloped Ceiling Compatible: No Voltage: 120v Wattage: 180 Watts Per Bulb: 60 Width: 16" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been driven by a passion to blend design and function in creating quality products that enhance your life. Hinkley is continually recommended by interior and exterior designers, and is available to you through premier lighting showrooms across the country. They pride themselves in delivering superior customer service that is second to none. They know that you have goals when it comes to your home's décor, and they care about helping you achieve the final outcome you are looking for in every aspect. read more

Possini Euro Design
$99.99 $49.95

Easily add modern elegance to your home with this posh swag style mini pendant by Possini Euro Design®. Featuring shining crystal ...circles and a sleek chrome finish for glamorous style. read more

$640.00 $480.00

Metal pendant light. Linen shade. 22Dia. x 17T with 6'L chain. Uses six 40-watt bulbs. Direct wire; professional installation requ...ired. Imported. Weight, 14 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 18 lbs. read more

$550.00 $412.50

#ONLYATNM Only Here. Only Ours. Exclusively for You. Pendant light made of Lucite and metal. 9.375Dia. x 15T with three 12L downro...ds and one 6L downrod. Used one 60-watt bulb. Direct wire; assembly professional installation required. Imported. Weight,... read more

Regina Andrew Design
$425.00 $318.75

Handcrafted pendant light. Blown glass and brass. 9Dia. x 9T with one 6L pipe and three 12L extensions. Uses one 60-watt bulb. Dir...ect wire; professional installation required. Imported. Weight, 11 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 13 lbs. read more

Regina Andrew Design
$225.00 $168.75

Ceramic dome pendant light. Gold-leaf interior finish; gloss-white exterior finish. 8Dia. x 7.5T. Uses one 60-watt bulb. Direct wi...re; professional installation required. Imported. Weight, 7 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 8 lbs. read more

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