How to Choose a Multi-Light Pendant
If you are looking for an eye-catching lighting fixture to hang in your home but aren’t completely sold on the idea of a chandelier, then multi-light pendant lighting might be the perfect option for you. Multi-light pendants are dramatic, eye-catching and versatile.
A multi-light pendant is a lighting fixture with multiple hanging lights connected to one central fixture. It provides a look similar to individual pendants, but is more convenient for rooms with only one overhead lighting fixture.
Where Will it Hang
When shopping for multi-pendants, it is important to start by scoping out your home to determine where the light will hang and what special considerations you may need to take into account. For example, do you already have existing lighting fixtures so you can easily wire your new pendant up with just a few wire connectors and screws? Or do you need to wire in a new fixture? If this is the case it might be a good idea to bring in a professional electrician unless you are known to be particularly handy and will start any project with a trip to the breaker box to turn off the electricity.
With such an extensive selection of multi-pendant lights, you have options for almost any area of your home. A large, dramatic multi-light pendant with many elements could be a stunning addition to a foyer. A smaller, three-light pendant can illuminate a reading nook or small bar.
Not Too Low, Not Too High
Next, determine how low you want your new multi-light pendant to hang. It shouldn’t hang so low that tall people could potentially hit their head or simply feel that it is hovering to close, but also needs to hang enough to get the full look and feel of a hanging pendant rather than a pendant cramped up near the ceiling.
When shopping for multi-light pendant, take into account whether it hangs with elements that can be lengthened and shortened or if it is a set length that cannot be adjusted and purchase according to your needs. Remember that not all lights can be easily adjusted and refer to product specifications to determine if it will work for your space.
Dust Off the Calculator
Next consider how bright your multi-light pendant will need to be to create the perfect amount of ambient light for your home. Different light bulb types, different amounts of light bulbs and wattage will determine how bright the pendant can be. A good formula to use is:
Room Length x Room Width x 1.5 = Required wattage to light a room
This equation is ideal for ambient (general purpose lighting) as opposed for task lighting used to read or write under.
Once you have determined all the technical aspects of your new pendant light you can start shopping for style. Find a light which matches the general design of your home such as modern or crystal and then choose based on your general taste and preference. Be sure to note things such as color and finish so that your multi-light pendant can blend well with other products in the same room.
When buying lighting you always want to consider the amount of light that fixture will provide. To estimate the number of watts you need to light a room, multiply the room length by the room width and multiply this number by 1.5. This will give you an estimated number of watts for the appropriate amount of ambient light, but you may need to vary it slightly depending on your personal preferences.