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Top Of The Best Pendant Light Fixtures Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – CLAXY Ecopower Industrial Barn Mini Metal Pendant Light 1 Light
№2 – Westinghouse 6100700 Industrial One-Light Adjustable Mini Pendant with Handblown Clear Seeded Glass, Brushed Nickel Finish
№3 – Globe Electric 3-Light Vintage Pendant, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, Clear Glass Shades, 64845
Also called pendant chandeliers, these light fixtures use more than one pendant. Typically, they use three or five, but some use more. This diverse category of pendant lights contains hanging lights for any room, décor or type of lighting.
Bright lighting for traditionally styled kitchens and dining rooms. Lantern style pendants typically feature a metal enclosure around the light bulbs. The enclosure can have open faces, or use glass. Lantern pendant lights are available in Mica and Blown glass varieties.
Long chandeliers that feature either a multi-light arrangement or a single long pendant light. Although linear pendant lighting is typically associated with ultra-modern designs, more traditional options are available. Linear lighting can be used for either task or primary light.
Available in either single or multi-light varieties. These lights are available in a wide range of modern and rustic styles and can be used for many applications. Choose from materials like Pen Shell, Murano Glass, Mica, and crystal.
Provides minimalistic lighting options for ultra-modern interiors. They typically provide soft, diffused light suitable for living spaces and kitchens. Choose from Alabaster, Blown Glass, and Mica shades.
Provides eccentric and unique lighting accents to walkways, foyers, and kitchens. Sure to be a conversation piece, these unique starburst pendant lights are typically made from glass or crystal and can be used in a variety of lighting arrangements.
A sleek, modern addition to the lighting of any kitchen or dining space. These hanging lights feature an enclosure that grows wider as it reaches downward. Teardrop pendants are available in a variety of materials and finishes to match any space.
Provides soft light for kitchens or dining areas. They feature a circular enclosure that entirely surrounds the light bulb creating softer light. Globe pendant lights are typically made from glass and are suitable for traditional and contemporary spaces.
Assess Your Current Home Décor
Start things off by visualizing the space that you want to install a pendant light in and create a mental picture of the exact look that you want to achieve.
Browse lighting to look for pendant lights that would fit the design style of the room and the statement you envisioned.
Efficiency of LED Lighting
It’s not just a buzzword—efficiency is the name of the game with LEDs. LEDs are more than five times as great as its incandescent counterparts. They use only about 20 percent as much electricity to product the same amount of light.
A quality LED lamp can last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours. If you operate the lamp for hours per day, 36days a year, your LED lamp could last 20 years.
Brightness of LEDs
Brightness is measured in lumens, while the energy a bulb consumes is measured in watts. To produce similar amounts of light, LED and fluorescents bulbs consume far fewer watts than incandescent or halogen bulbs. A standard 60W incandescent produces 800 lumens, whereas LEDs consume 13-1watts to produce 800 lumens.
LEDs Versus Fluorescent Lighting
Both LED and fluorescent lighting are more efficient than incandescent: LEDs consume up to 90% less energy and fluorescents consume up to 75% less. Fluorescents are made of glass tubes and can shatter if dropped, whereas LEDs are more durable. Also, fluorescents contain trace amounts of mercury and several states have special recycling rules.
Modern pendant lighting is all about being understated – the focus is on the form, with simple shapes on show. When hanging your pendant light, consider its purpose. Over a dining table, your light should be lower to create intimacy. In heavy traffic areas, such as hallways and living areas, use the tallest household member as a guide to check you’re not creating a collision course.
Hit new heights with these illuminating show-stoppers that can take centre stage or create a cosy corner. Be conscious of scale when picking the right floor lamp for your space, advises Mardi. “It needs to relate to the size of the room or furniture near it,” she says. “A large sweeping floor lamp can smother a small room, whereas a well-proportioned piece can really enhance a living space.”
Contemporary lights will suit the practical areas of your home – think kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Modern downlights can bring a seamless sophistication to your kitchen, bathroom or living areas, allowing your hero pieces to shine. They are particularly useful if you are dealing with separate work areas, such as kitchen preparation benches, allowing you to direct the light source to the most practical areas. As with other lighting choices, choose energy-saving options, such as LEDs and fluorescents. These options, while initially more expensive, will save money and need less maintenance over time.
Integrated outdoor lighting schemes will make a dramatic impact to your backyard, deck or patio come nightfall. There are two important considerations when choosing outdoor lighting – safety and design. Coordinate your choices with your garden design to showcase the elements in the space, such as large trees, fragrant plants, stone walls or water features. Nat Corrigan from Gardens At Night says that it is important to look at where the garden is viewed from. “You may view the same feature from dif erent areas – multiple light fittings may be required so one aspect doesn’t appear in shadow,” he says. Nat also recommended fittings that are constructed of brass, copper or 31marine-grade stainless steel, to ensure that fittings will last longer. In terms of safety, make sure uneven pathways are well lit and stairways are highlighted. Check that any transformers are situated in convenient locations.
LED TRACK LIGHTING
Highlight your home’s architectural elements with this energy-ef icient, easy-care option. LED lighting has become the new darling in illumination, especially for kitchens and bathrooms. Sales manager of Superlight, Gordon MacVicar says that demand for the strip lighting has steadily increased over the past few years. “We have been doing LED track lighting for about six years and as the cost has come down, the demand has increased,” Gordon says. He adds that when people are investing in spectacular kitchen splashbacks or bathroom fittings, it is only natural that they want to highlight them with some clever lighting. LED track lighting is energy-ef icient, versatile and generates very little heat, making it also ideal for subtle lighting along stairways, windows and floors. The strips are manufactured to length, allowing lots of flexibility for homeowners. Gordon says that most residential projects choose a warm light option or, if it’s going in a clean white kitchen or bathroom, a 4000 kelvin light will provide a slightly cooler colour tone. Another great thing about LED strips? They are virtually maintenance free, says Gordon and usually don’t need replacing. “You can just set and forget them,” he says.
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Ceiling full of lights at Eclectic Revival
Fortunately, Toronto has an abundance of exquisite lighting stores that offer a huge diversity of lighting designs and brands. Here is a short list of the best lighting stores in Toronto, where you’ll definitely find the lighting solution you’re looking for.
Lighting Originals store
They specialize in crystal lighting and their showroom carries several collections of crystal ceiling lamps. What really steals the show though are the enormous, custom-made crystal chandeliers, perfect for high-end hotels, restaurants, as well as modern homes. If your house doesn’t happen to be the size of a hotel, you can always customize the chandelier’s components to fit your needs.
Each piece is uniquely designed.
The showroom is full of beautiful, elegant, and uniquely designed lights, using intriguing shapes and colours. Their latest collection came out of a collaboration with Canadian blown-glass artist Karli Sears. This collection was proudly showcased at the Interiour Design Show in 2015.
Sescolite was established in 1920
The showroom has hundreds of pieces on display, and you can possibly spend an hour just walking around. The selection leans towards more traditional styles, but you can also find some modern pieces. On top of this wide selection, they also custom design exclusive lighting fixtures.
Sescolite showroom has hundreds of pieces on display. “They have a very comprehensive selection of chandeliers, scones etc… But the best thing about them is their customer service and after care,” says one of their clients.
Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea was naturally inclined towards photography since an early age. She loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.
Lighting a room doesn’t take much effort, but lighting it properly, well that’s a whole other thing. A center-mounted ceiling light isn’t enough anymore, not when you want lighting for tasks, ambience, security, and more. Consumer Reports asked four lighting designers from across the country for room-by-room lighting advice. Not surprisingly, they all said energy-saving LEDs are the way to go.
A lighting fixture in the center of the ceiling is visually boring and it can’t do it all. Use a variety of light sources to create layers of light, being careful to avoid glare. Whether the light color is warm or cool is a personal preference. “The further south you go people prefer cooler light because it makes you feel cooler and as you go north you find warm light is more popular,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, a lighting designer and architect in Lexington, Kentucky.
Light color is noted on the Lighting Facts label on lightbulb packages. Warm light is around 2700 K (the K is for Kelvin, a temperature scale that measures light color). Bulbs 3500-4100K cast a whiter light and those 5000-6500K give off a bluer-white light. “Don’t go above 3000K in any room,” says Rey-Barreau.
Kitchen and dining area
Task lighting. Mount dimmable, adjustable undercabinet LED fixtures near the cabinet front to direct light down and back to put light where you’ll be working, but if you have granite or another shiny countertop there can be some reflected glare—bright spots of light from the LEDs.
Need to know: Cut countertop glare by using LED fixtures with diffusers to soften the light. “And if your backsplash is white or another highly reflective surface, place the undercabinet LED fixtures upfront but aim them toward the backsplash to lessen glare and allow the light to bounce off the backsplash and illuminate the work surface, ” says Terry McGowan, a Cleveland-based lighting designer and director of engineering for the American Lighting Association.
Overhead lights. Dimmable LEDs for recessed lighting can provide directional task lighting and general lighting. “The most common mistake that I’ve seen—even builders do it—is a recessed fixture with a bulb hanging, creating a huge amount of glare,” says Robin Muto, a lighting designer in Rochester, New York.
Need to know: A true recessed light means that the lightbulb is recessed too. And the color of the can’s interior, which surrounds the bulb, affects light output and the color of the can’s interior, which surrounds the bulb, affects light output and light color. A shiny metal reflector casts the most light but increases glare. A black interior reduces glare but absorbs light so you might prefer brighter bulbs.
Bulbs to consider: Any of the recommended BR30 LEDs that you see in our ratings.
Use a ceiling fan with a light or recessed lights for general lighting, lamps at different heights and sizes to create an intimate look, track or recessed directional lighting to accent art, wall sconces for added light, and LED tape lighting on cabinet shelves to showcase books and your favorite pieces.
Need to Know: “Avoid a light above the TV as it will influence the quality of what you’re seeing,” says Rey-Barreau, adding that recessed lights should be off when you’re watching TV. Use bulbs within a 200-degree Kelvin range of other bulbs in the room to minimize noticeable differences in light color in one room.
Bulbs to consider: See the general purpose LEDs that replace 60-watt bulbs in our ratings.
Recessed lighting isn’t ideal as you don’t want to be looking up from your bed at a glaring light. A ceiling fixture lets you hit a switch for on/off light, and dimmers on your bedside lamps allow you to adjust light within a range of comfortable settings. Skip CFLs in children’s bedrooms. Horsing around may cause a lamp to crash to the floor, a concern since CFLs contain small amounts of mercury.
Need to know: Use warmer light color, around 2700K, to minimize blue light. Your eyes are especially sensitive to it, and studies have shown that exposure to any light at night is associated with an increased risk of sleep problems, according to our medical experts.
Bulbs to consider: For lamps or ceiling fixtures, most of the top scoring general purpose LEDs cast warm light. See our ratings and note whether the bulb can be used in a fully enclosed fixture.
You’ll want just enough light to get in and out in the middle of the night, yet the right light for grooming. Overhead dimmable light is useful and ideally you want light above the mirror and along both sides.
Need to know: Choose bulbs with a high color-rendering index (CRI). They more accurately show colors of skin tone—handy when applying make-up. You’ll see color accuracy scores in our lightbulb Ratings. As for light color, Muto prefers bathroom light that’s around 3000K. “It’s not cool yet but it’s more neutral,” she says, “and you perceive the light as being brighter than warm, yellow light.”
Bulbs to consider: Check the ratings for a general purpose LED that scored well in our color accuracy tests.
LEDs perform very well in cold temperatures, unlike CFLs, which take time to fully brighten. And an LED’s long life makes it ideal for hard-to-reach spots. Continue the layered-lighting look outside, using lighting for safety, security, and accenting landscaping. “Glare is always bad.” says McGowan. “When you put a floodlight over the garage door and aim it down the driveway, you’re blinded when you pull in the driveway and your neighbors passing by on the street or sidewalk won’t appreciate this glaring light either.”
Need to know: Control the light by installing fixtures with shields so the light shines down and not out, and rather than using one bulb to do all the work use several smaller floodlights with less light output. “The rule of thumb is never try to light a distance beyond 1.times the mounting height of the light,” he says. Lights mounted at 1feet can light up to 1feet out.
Bulbs to consider: See the PAR3bulbs in our ratings, and note that some of the BR30 LEDs can be used outdoors if they’re protected from water and aren’t as bright.
Full lightbulb Ratings and recommendations
My Favorite 3Online Lighting Resources
You may not want to buy everything online (sofas or chairs for instance want to be sat in, fabric often wants to be touched), but lighting is certainly one of the things that you can confidently purchase without needing to see/hold/touch/nuzzle in person. So we thought it was about time that we did an epic lighting resource post, rounding up our favorite 3stores and choosing a lot of our favorites from them. In no particular order, here, my friends, are my favorite online lighting sources.
After lumens, the next concept you’ll want to understand is color temperature. Measured on the Kelvin scale, color temperature isn’t really a measure of heat. Instead, it’s a measure of the color that a light source produces, ranging from yellow on the low end of the scale to bluish on the high end, with whitish light in the middle.
An easy way to keep track of color temperature is to think of a flame: it starts out yellow and orange, but when it gets really hot, it turns blue. You could also think of color temperature in terms of the sun — low, yellowy color temperatures mimic the tone of light at sunrise or sunset, while hotter, more bluish-white color temperatures are more akin to daylight (sure enough, bulbs with color temperatures like these are commonly called “daylight” bulbs). This is also why a lot of people prefer high color temperatures during the day and lower color temperatures in the morning and evening.
Generally speaking, incandescents sit at the bottom of the scale with their yellow light, while CFLs and LEDs have long been thought to tend toward the high, bluish end of the spectrum. This has been a steady complaint about new lighting alternatives, as many people prefer the warm, familiar, low color temperature of incandescents. Manufacturers are listening, though, and in this case they heard consumers loud and clear, with more and more low-color-temperature CFL and LED options hitting the shelves. Don’t believe me? Take another look at those two paper lamps in the picture above, because they’re both CFL bulbs — from the same manufacturer, no less.
Sylvania often color codes its packaging. Blue indicates a hot, bluish color temperature, while the lighter shade indicates a white, more neutral light.
As you’re probably aware, light bulbs come in a fairly wide variety of shapes. Sure, it’s easy enough to tell a hardware store clerk that you want “one of those flamey-looking lights,” or “just a normal ol’ bulby light bulb,” but knowing the actual nomenclature might save you some time.
Are pricey candelabra LEDs a smart upgrade for your chandelier?
Let’s start with the base of the bulb, the part that screws in. In the US, the most common shape by far is E26, with the “E” standing for Edison and the “26” referring to the diameter of the base in millimeters. You might also see E2bulbs from time to time, which is the European standard. Those should still fit into common American fixtures, but keep in mind that voltage ratings are different in the two regions, with American bulbs rated for 120 volts compared to 220-240 volts in Europe. For smaller sockets, like you might find with a candelabra, you’ll want to look for an E1base.
As for the bulb itself, the typical shape that you’re probably used to is an A1bulb. Increase that number to A2or A23, and you’ve got the same shape, but bigger. Bulbs made to resemble flames are F-shaped, which is easy enough to remember, as are globes, which go by the letter G. If it’s a floodlight you want, you’ll want to look for “BR” (bulging reflector) or “PAR” (parabolic aluminized reflector). Those bulbs are designed to throw all their light in one direction only, which makes them useful for spot lighting, overhead lighting and the headlights in your car.
Your automated-lighting options
It used to be that if you wanted your lights to turn on and off automatically, then you had to rely on a cheap wall socket timer, the kind you might use to control a Christmas tree. These days, with a modest boom in smart lighting currently under way, it’s easier than ever to dive into the sort of advanced automation controls that can make any home feel modern and futuristic. Use the right devices, and you’ll be able to control your lights in all sorts of creative ways, and make your life a little bit easier in the process.
The most obvious way to get started with smart lighting is with the bulbs themselves. You’ve got plenty of intelligent options from brands both big and small, and to find the one that’s best for you, you’re going to need to understand what sets them apart.
Connect with these 3IFTTT-friendly smart devices (pictures)
The first thing to look at is how the bulbs communicate with you. Some offer direct connections with your smart phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which makes setup as simple as screwing the thing in and following in-app pairing instructions.
Others transmit using a distinct frequency like ZigBee or Z-Wave. Bulbs like those might be a better fit for bigger smart home setups, as it’s typically a little easier to sync them up with things like motion detectors and smart locks. Setup can be slightly more advanced, as you’ll need a separate hub or gateway device capable of translating that distinct frequency into a Wi-Fi signal your router can comprehend.
Some smart bulbs come with their own gateway. Others, like the Cree Connected LED, require a third-party control device, like the Wink Hub.
If you’re looking for a little more color in your life, then be sure and take a look at a product like the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Aside from being fully automatable via a mobile app and control hub, the Hue LED bulbs are capable of on-demand color changes. Just pull out your phone, select one of millions of possible shades, and the light will match it. And if you’re into voice control, Hue bulbs hit the compatibility trifecta — they’ll work with Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
Because Philips opened its lighting controls to third-party developers, you’ll also find lots of fun novelty uses for Hue bulbs, like changing the color of your lights in rhythm with whatever music you’re playing. There’s even an app that’ll sync your Hue lights up with certain TV programming.
Hue lights are also directly compatible with the popular web service IFTTT, with recipes already available that will change the color of your lights to match the weather, or to signal a touchdown from your favorite football team, or even to indicate when your stocks are doing well.
Sorts of Pendant Lights
Pendant lights with shades indicating up (uplight) are intended for surrounding light, and those with shades indicating down (downlight) give errand light. Utilize pendant lights in the washroom, room, lounge area, lobby, foyer, kitchen, parlor, diversion room or bar for surrounding lighting and in the lounge area, kitchen or amusement space for assignment lighting. For more data on lighting your home, look at Home Lighting Tips by Modern.Place.
Pendant light with texture shade.
A pendant light with texture shade adds a sumptuous look to the conventional pendant light. These pendant lights give surrounding lighting and can be utilized as a part of a lobby, lounge room, kitchen or room. Attempt one as a substitute for a light fixture over an eating or breakfast table.
Multi-pendant light with glass bump lights
Multi-light pendant lights furnish encompassing lighting with three, some of the time up to ten, light sources coming from a similar apparatus. This kind of pendant light can likewise be utilized as a crystal fixture elective.
Upset pendant light with glass shade
Upset pendant lights extend illuminate for surrounding lighting. An altered pendant light is comparable in style to a semi-flush-mount light with the exception of that the installation swings from a chain as opposed to mounting specifically to the roof. Famous spots for altered pendant lights incorporate a lounge area, a hall and a breakfast niche.
Pendant light with glass shade
Shades– Pendant light shades come in glass, texture and metal. Smaller than usual pendant lights now and then accompanied the shade sold independently so you can blend and match. Texture shades give more diffused light and are decent for rooms. Search for a texture shade with metal or wood boards for a classy look. Metal shades look incredible in the kitchen for a modern theme. Famous pendant light shades include:
Finishes– Pendant lights arrived in an assortment wraps up. Take a sign from the current completes in your home. On the off chance that the entryway handles and bureau equipment are all in brushed nickel, pick lighting installations in a reciprocal wrap up. Prevalent pendant light completes include:
Modern Metallic & Glass Pendant Lighting
Modern or traditional, our range of designer pendant lighting has been curated to complement any interior style. Create a contemporary Nordic look with pendant lights from Gubi and Normann Copenhagen, or keep it classic with Eichholtz and Heathfield & Co.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Pendant Light Fixtures wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Pendant Light Fixtures
- №1 — CLAXY Ecopower Industrial Barn Mini Metal Pendant Light 1 Light
- №2 — Westinghouse 6100700 Industrial One-Light Adjustable Mini Pendant with Handblown Clear Seeded Glass, Brushed Nickel Finish
- №3 — Globe Electric 3-Light Vintage Pendant, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, Clear Glass Shades, 64845