Choosing Perfect Pendant Lights for Your Home


Pendant lights have become the style statement of any home décor and have become  more popular as every year passes.

They can be used for decoration or lighting the interiors of the living room, kitchen, hall or lobby. Before choosing a pendant light, it is important to decide the purpose of  the light, whether it provides ambient or focus lighting. This can help the homeowner find the most suitable light for different purposes, like accent lighting in foyer or direct lighting in kitchen island to showcase each dish making it appear like a masterpiece.

They are available in different sizes, shapes and colours. ceiling lights, wall lights and lamps are just some of the different types of pendant lights.

It is recommended that the pendants should be located 70 to 82 cm about the top of the dining table or 1.7 meters above the floor. This ensures that people seated at the table can converse with each other comfortably without letting the light affect their visibility.

Clustering is a popular trends in lighting and it is extremely effective at the dining table. An odd number of pendants, at least three, can be suspended close to each other at different heights to create a dramatic look. The classic look involves hanging the pendants at the same level spacing them out evenly.

Other options have pendants of different shapes, or grouping the same pendant with different colours and sizes. Dimmers may be used to control the light intensity for the pendants. For example, for dining tables, people usually prefer bright light when having meals and switch to ambient light while having drinks after dinner to create an atmosphere for relaxing.    

For a kitchen bench or kitchen island, the pendants should be suspended approximately 55 to 70 cm above the top of the bench. The pendant location should be chosen so that it will illuminate the workspace well. However, the light should obstruct the view of the person working in the kitchen or hit his or her head when they are working at the bench.

It is advisable to consider the lighting already available in the kitchen, while choosing a suitable pendant. In some cases, there may be sufficient natural lighting in the day, and ceiling lights provide adequate illumination at night. In these cases, the pendant lights should only beautify the kitchen with ambient lighting. However, if the kitchen pendants will be the main source of lighting for various kitchen tasks, the pendants chosen should provide sufficient light for the kitchen surface. These kitchen pendants should be spaced evenly for uniform distribution of light.

The homeowner should also consider the size of the kitchen and ceiling height before purchasing the pendant. If the pendant is too small it will not be visible, and a larger pendant may make the place look cluttered. Hence, it is advisable to use cardboard cut outs of the preferred pendants in the kitchen space to determine the most suitable size of the pendant.

Since people are less likely to bump their head into the pendant, in the bedroom, the pendant is suspended at a lower height for creating a cozy feel. The pendant height should be similar to the bedside lamp, which is between 40 to 55 cm above the bedside table. The light projection depends on the height where the pendant is hung. 

If only ambient light is required, the pendant should be suspended at a low height and less light will be provided. If the person will be reading in the bed, the pendant should be hung at a greater height. The amount of light also depends on the pendant opening size, for a larger opening, more light will be emitted. 

While hanging pendants, it is advisable to get someone else to hold the pendants in place so that the homeowner can review the illumination provided. The person holding the light will find it difficult to estimate the position, effect and height of the light produced. Hence, the homeowner should check the illumination provided at different positions and inform the electrician to fix the pendant lights in the marked positions.

Members of the Yoemans Concepts team have had great experiences with Sydney based Best Buy Lighting.

At Best Buy Lighting, they stock a large range of high quality pendant lightsclassic pendantindustrial pendant lights.

To learn more about them, you can visit their website here:

You can also visit one of their retail stores below to find out more and view pendant lighting suitable for your home or apartment.

Auburn Retail Store:

1/121-123 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW 2144 (Auburn Domayne)

Phone: 02 9648 1866

Fax: 02 9648 1899


  • Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 5:00pm

Roselands Retails Store:

2/862-870 Canterbury Rd, Roselands NSW 2196

Phone: 02 9750 0509

Fax: 02 9750 2605


  • Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 5:00pm


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