Having sufficient lighting in a kitchen is invaluable. Plus, we know how picking the perfect fixture is essential to any kitchen design. It’s safe to say that kitchen pendant lights are the décor that does more. Choosing the right pendant lights will enhance the form and function of your kitchen considerably, but homeowners should note that not all pendant lights perform quite the same. There are three main types of pendant lights people typically select to brighten up their kitchen. Know what they are so that you can design an effective yet elegant lighting system to elevate your kitchen!
Most people who think of pendant lights in the kitchen associate them with task lights, especially those over the kitchen island, sink, or other kitchen work surface. These types of pendant lights help focus more light on a particular area to increase visibility while completing a particular task, such as reading a recipe or chopping up vegetables. While homeowners definitely find this targeted lighting helpful, they are careful to choose a fixture that won’t hang too low or use too bright a bulb.
Pendant light fixtures that hang higher, or closer to the ceiling, function more as ambient lighting. These are best for brightening up a larger area rather than a particular work surface. For those who want to use pendants for ambient lighting, it also helps to have additional ceiling lights in place to create enough light overall. Further, most kitchen designs will employ multiple pendant fixtures in combination with recessed as well as undercabinet styles to disperse light evenly throughout the kitchen.
Decorative Pendant Lights
Sometimes, pendant lights serve a more decorative purpose rather than prioritizing functionality. These lights serve as a focal point in a kitchen design. The fixtures themselves could be intricate and sculptural-like to create that element of visual interest. Although, just as often, the pendants are chosen for their brilliant light and shadows cast. Decorative pendant lights can lend a high-end appeal to any kitchen. Just be sure you have sufficient light in your kitchen instead of relying on decorative lights alone to illuminate the room!
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