Kitchen Pendant Lighting: A Short Guide with Progress Lighting

kitchen setting with lights

The problem: You’ve finally renovated your kitchen and its perfect. The counters are a lovely maroon marble, the cupboards match with warm red and coffee tones and the walls have been painted a light white….It should have been perfect but your kitchen appears like a dark cave in the mornings! The dark maroon marble and the cupboards are turning your kitchen into a small dark room and you don’t like it.  In fact, the central dining table or workstation is practically invisible. What are you going to do?

Solution: Proper lighting is the only way to make a room pop. You may have used the best materials but until you focus the viewers attention on these beautiful materials; it is not going to work. Kitchen Pendant Lighting is probably the easiest and cheapest way to pull the viewer’s attention to the beautiful kitchen interiors. Apart from this attention, carefully chosen pending lighting can also provide sufficient illumination to light up a room. Of course, the problem that arises is choice. There are thousands of pendant lights to choose from and matching the lights to your interior can be very difficult. To help you make the right decision, we’ve created a short guide that should prove helpful irrespective of your kitchen interior.

Ceiling Mounts: How Many Lights Do You Need?
Kitchen Pendant Lighting can be set up on a single track attached to the ceiling or to multiple points on the ceiling. The multiple points are arranged in a square, round or rectangular format. Monorail lighting is attached to a single-track rail and many pendants can be attached to the same railing.  Single point lights are great if you want to focus the lights on a single work counter like a dining table located in the center of the room. Monorail lighting is great to illuminate the entire room and to create a single setting with a modern look.  Most interior designers, however, recommend the RULE OF THREE that states that anything placed together in a group of three tends to please the eye.  If you want more lights, you can also fit in one pendant for every two feet of counter space.

Voltage: Line or Low?
There are two types of pendants lights that are commonly available in the market: line voltage based and low voltage based. Line volt light simply refers to fixtures that use your existing power supply. Low voltage fixtures use your home electricity supply that is stepped down or reduced with the help of a transformer. Both fixtures are fine for homes and the only difference is that low-voltage lights will have a larger dome or canopy to accommodate the transformer and the bulb. These lights can also be combined with dimmers and switches which combine multiple moods in the same pendant light.

Height of the lights
Pendants lights always hang down from the ceiling but there is no limit on how high or how you can hang them. For kitchen counter tops, a height of 28 inches to 34 inches above the surface of the counter is great. A general rule of thumb is: for 8 feet ceilings, use pendant lights that are about 12 inches to 16 inches in size. For track lights, you can hang the lights higher or lower: It’s really a matter of personal choice.

Location of the lights
Interior designers recommend placing three hanging lights over the counter or the center island and the dining table. Another additional hanging light like a mini pendant light can also be placed at the sink or workstation. This can be combined with recessed lighting or track lighting to create a distinctive look to the room.

The choice is endless and retail stores like Progress Lighting will have several unique models that will fit into any interior. Popular varieties include –
1. Adjustable pendant lighting is the best. It can be moved up or down to adjust to the height of the person in the kitchen.
2. Hand-blown glass and ceramic fixtures can create a distinctive look to your kitchen.
3. Recessed light pendants are probably the most beautiful fixtures for a kitchen. These special lights are fit into your ceiling fixtures while still creating the appearance of hanging down.
4. Mini pendants can be combined together to create the impression of a chandelier or they can be hung separately.
5. Designer pendants are unique. They cost a lot but they can instantly create an impression. Swarovski-inspired chandeliers, shell and bead-work pendants, LED work, colored crystals etc are all equally effective in creating atmosphere.

Buying your lights
Almost every major store like Progress Lighting will have several different types and styles of pendant lights.  You can check through the website or window-shop at your local stores to find styles that you like. Do not forget to match the fixtures to the color and tone of your kitchen and ensure that they do provide enough light to work in.