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Pendants

Pendant light

A pendant is a lighting unit suitable for almost any room in the home. It is currently the most widely used home lighting fixture and there are particular reasons why it is so popular for interior lighting.

At Elmark we know that different people have different views, needs, desires and tastes, which is why we have prepared a huge selection of pendant lights to satisfy every user.

If you are looking for a pendant light for your room, you have come to the right place.

Apart from offering the wide range of pendant lights in this category, we aim to provide you with some interesting information about this type of lighting unit, its uses and some other handy advice for choosing a pendant light for your home.

What are pendant lights?

As mentioned above, a pendant light is a lighting fixture for the home. More specifically, it is a hanging lamp with a lampshade.

Pendant lights are suspended and secured to the ceiling by means of a cord, a metal rod or a chain.

They are usually fitted in the centre of a room and used as the main source of light.

A home usually has general and local lighting. Pendant lights contribute to the general lighting.

Its main function is to provide overall lighting for a room and to replace daylight in the evening.

Where are pendant lights most commonly used in the home?

Pendant lights are most commonly used in dining rooms and kitchens, though in terms of their functionality they can be installed in any room in the home.

It is not uncommon for pendant lights to be used as general lighting and in bathrooms, as they are a great alternative to wall lights in these rooms.

Due to their main function of providing primary lighting, pendant lights are particularly suitable for rooms where general lighting is most commonly used. This is why this type of lighting unit is used mainly in kitchens and dining rooms.

Although pendant lights are often placed over dining tables, this should not give you the impression that is it a problem.

In fact the best overall lighting resembles daylight as much as possible. This effect is achieved not by the use of direct light, but by light reflected off the walls and the ceiling or a specially designed reflector, i.e. indirect light.

You may have the impression that pendant lights are designed to emit direct light, but in fact most pendant lights come with a lampshade or globe that does a very good job of diffusing and distributing the light to prevent the light from shining directly.

This is why pendant lights are a very good and popular choice as a primary light source. They are attractive and functional and provide quality lighting for your home.

The difference between a pendant light and a chandelier

By definition, pendant lights are similar to chandeliers. Many people confuse the two concepts and even think they mean the same thing.

Both have similar characteristics: they are both suspended lighting units attached to the ceiling by a rod or chain.

For additional clarification, we will try to explain the main differences between a pendant light and a chandelier.

The main difference between pendant lights and chandeliers is the way they are attached to the ceiling. Chandeliers hang on several rods or chains that carry the weight of the different lights in the structure. Pendant lights, on the other hand, hang from only one central chain or rod.

Another major difference is in their design. Chandeliers are often more sophisticated in appearance and look more luxurious, while pendant lights look more modern and minimalist. Of course, with the endless varieties currently on the market, you can easily find a chandelier with a simpler, more modern design and, conversely, a more luxurious looking pendant light.

Beyond appearance, there is a major difference in how these two lighting units are used. Chandeliers are designed to provide more indirect lighting, making them a source of elegance and aesthetics and creating the desired atmosphere in a given room. In simple terms, chandeliers are a decorative element in a room, as well as a light source.

Pendant lights, on the other hand, can play a dual role as a decorative and atmospheric element, while at the same time serving as a functional light source. Depending on their location, they can also be used to provide lighting for various activities or, in other words, as direct lighting, so you can see what you are doing when carrying out a particular activity.

Different types of pendant lights

Now that we have described the main differences between a pendant light and a chandelier, let’s go back to the world of pendant lights and look at their different types.

Pendant lights come in a huge variety of sizes and the materials used to make them can be highly variable. The most common materials used for making pendant lights include:

  • Metal;
  • Wood;
  • Metal alloys;
  • Glass;
  • Cement.

Many modern pendant lights are energy-saving low-voltage models and some use halogen or fluorescent bulbs as their primary light source.

With regard to light emission, they can provide direct lighting or scattered light (by means of a globe or lampshade).

With regard to design, pendant lights come in dozens and even hundreds of varieties. One good example in this respect is the Elmark Online Store, where you will find an amazing selection of pendant lights and all you have to do is scroll down from this text.

How to choose a pendant light for your home

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a pendant light for your home. Firstly, consider the interior of the room where you want to fit it. Plan the colours and the length of the pendant light itself.

Another important factor is light emission. You have to decide whether you want direct light pointing to a particular place (such as the kitchen table) or whether you prefer the light to be scattered and reflected off the walls and ceiling.

Last but not least, opt for a proven name in the industry that you know is backed up by the necessary experience in the manufacture and sale of pendant lights and electrical equipment and accessories in general.

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