Pendants Over Island
Lights, camera, action. These classic stainless lamps remind me of lighting used in film production. They have a crisp, clean look (as long as you keep them polished) and look like they were made for real cooks.
These wide copper pendants are sculptural (inspired by Indian baskets) but have a rough-hewn industrial quality about them. Modern but muscular.
A cluster of hand-blown bulb-shape pendants makes a modern statement with big impact.
Globe pendants are extremely popular right now (as they were in the ‘70s) and might be passed over on first consideration because of their size. But have no worries — you can see through them! Even in a smaller kitchen they don’t overwhelm.
Clear Glass Pendant Lights Clear glass qualifies for the subdued end of things, but it can also be incredibly sparkly and elegant and sculptural. It's best when it is hand blown and a little wabi-sabi — air bubbles and all.
You can also try connecting your lights to other materials in the room. Try using a brass or copper finish for the lights and repeating it on your cabinet knobs (or a stylish faucet), or even picking up on colors in unrelated items like seats, fabrics or tiles. This makes the entire design concept look integrated in a fun, modern way.
For a classic look that works virtually anywhere, try a humble bell-shaped light in a solid material (such as a shiny metal or a matte paint finish) or a glass schoolhouse light. A classic cylindrical drum light also can never go wrong and can suit any budget.
If you like an oversized fixture but don’t want it to eat up so much visual real estate, consider pendants with large clear glass shades. These will carry the dramatic scale that makes a high-end statement but with a lighter look and often a lighter price tag than a more intricate fixture.
You can match your pendants across multiple spaces or contrast them. It’s generally safest, however, to choose just two types of pendants (such as a simple pendant and a chandelier style) lest you develop a mismatched “lighting showroom” style.
Style: pendant lights make a more subtle statement while the transom picture window takes the starring role.
If hung higher than 30-36 inches above counter, will be able to see inside the shade. If you want to avoid this, use long narrow openings for the bulb
Task lights usually 30-36 inches above counter.
A Light That Can Do Everything Of course, it is possible for a light to fit into more than one category. A light can be decorative and engaging while still providing functional downward task lighting and some upward or outward ambient lighting to help brighten the entire space. If you know in advance what roles the light needs to fill, though, you can make sure all your goals are accomplished while selecting a light that also looks great.
Decorative. This is lighting that exists to be a decorative feature: either the fixture itself, the sparkle or shadow it produces, or both.
Accent Lighting. Typically, pendant lighting isn’t used as a targeted accent light the way, say, a picture light would highlight a painting. However, if you have a beautiful wood or stone countertop, a wash of light will help bring out the various tones of the material. Pinpoint lights can also help bring out sparkle in flecked stone or polished metals.
Ambient. General lighting that gently illuminates the whole room or area, rather than targeting a spot (the opposite of task lighting), is called ambient lighting. If you want your pendants to help brighten the whole room, bigger is not always better. A large pendant light with a single bulb won’t add more light than a tiny fixture with the same bulb, so consider using multiple lights spread across the area, or fixtures with multiple bulbs for an even glow.
This is lighting that illuminates a targeted area to help you see clearly while working. If you want your pendants to help illuminate kitchen tasks like chopping (or to brighten the pages of a cookbook), you’ll want a fixture that aims the light downward, preferably with an open or translucent bottom to let a high degree of light out.