A large pendant is a type of ceiling lighting that often includes a shade and usually serves as the primary lighting feature in a room. For many, it's an elegant alternative to a chandelier that is easy to install and maintain.
Large pendants come in an array of designs and if you want to reinforce a room's design theme with your lighting selection then browsing by style is a great way to go. You'll find thousands of large pendants in contemporary, transitional and traditional designs, or you can get more specific by searching fixtures featuring art glass, crystal accents or a Tiffany look.
All of these styles and more are expressed in a wide range of finishes that can be used to blend your large pendant with its surrounding tones or to make a sizzling décor statement. Nickel, bronze and satin nickel are popular finish options that can work well with a variety of lighting styles and interior design schemes.
A pendant's shade is just as important as its finish - if not more so. Many pendant designs are defined by the shape, color and material of their shades. Glass and fabric make up the majority of shades, although there are plenty of options available in materials like metal, crystal and paper.
You can find large pendants in solid or patterned designs featuring any color of the rainbow, but there are just as many options with white, cream, beige and clear or crystal shades that complement neutral tones. When thinking about color it's important to consider how the shade will look when it's on and when it's off, especially if you decide to go with something bold.
What is a "large" pendant, anyway? Nailing that down is more art than science, really, and ultimately you will be the judge. The size of any pendant is defined in part by the space it occupies, so what seems small to you may not seem so small to others.
Large pendants are typically categorized as any fixture with a diameter larger than 12 inches, give or take an inch or two. Pendant height is also a factor, but less so than its circumference. Pendants smaller than 12 inches around are usually reserved for smaller spaces or for over-counter lighting rather than as a primary lighting feature in a large room.
Large and bowl pendants refer to lighting that hangs on a rod or chain and features a large shade with one bulb. Bowl pendants feature shades with a large, upside down bowl look while large pendants encompass the other styles.
Large pendant lights typically are hung over dining room tables, bar areas and kitchen islands. They also create a great look if hung in entry ways with high ceilings. Pendants are perfect for specific task lighting because typically pendants feature one bright bulb.
Pendants typically hang between 28 and 34 inches above the surface they are installed above, meaning 28-34 inches from bottom rim of the pendant to the surface it is above. This measurement should be considered a guide rather than a rule because things such as size of the pendant, size of the surface it is hanging over and other factors will determine the most aesthetic height.
Here are basic instructions for installing a pendant light. Be sure to consult the instructions specific to the product purchased or a professional before installing.