Do you have an old and ugly ceiling light that needs replacing?
Are you building from new and need pendant lights?
Does your dining room or bedroom need some colour & pattern?
Pendant lights (or ceiling lights) are lamp shades that are fitted and suspended from the ceiling and are the best way to effectively spread light across a room
Your checklist for choosing a pendant lighting solution:
1. SELECTING THE RIGHT SIZE
The main reason a light will look wrong is if you get the size wrong. If it’s too small it can look very cheap while if it’s too big it will feel over-bearing in the room. Remember, the more space you have between the top of the shade and the ceiling, the more light is dispersed across the room. The most popular shape for our pendant lights is the drum shape with a diffuser.
Our size recommendations:
35cm diameter x 25cm high or 40cm dia x 30cm high
Size 50cm This size has fabric only on the outside and the print can be seen from all parts of the room.
Size 60cm Popular as a double sided shade which means there is fabric inside and out. Double sided is a great look in larger spaces as it draws your eye to something interesting when you’re standing or sitting underneath the light.
In expansive rooms & venues we recommend oversized shades. Talk to us about the options.
2. HOW TO GET THE MOST LIGHT
Is the pendant a primary light source or more a mood-setting decorative shade? With pendant shades light is dispersed down through the shade to the floor as well as up and across the ceiling.
Because of this you need to allow space between the top of a shade and the ceiling. The more space you have between the top of the shade and the ceiling then the more light will be dispersed. This results in a much brighter room
For large rooms or particularly dark spaces we recommend triple globe fitting kits as these bring a lot more brightness to a darker space or a work area
With pendant lampshades we insist you install a dimmer switch so you can control the mood of the room. This is particularly useful for evenings or when entertaining
With all our pendant lampshades we offer a diffuser. This is a cover that sits at the bottom of the lampshade to cover the electrical fittings and globes while subtly subduing the light. It can be a simple white fabric, plastic cover or can be made in fabric that matches your shade.
Inset Diffusers are designed for double sided drums so you can see the inside of the shade while still hiding the globes
In a corporate setting we can brand your diffuser with a logo or design to create a unique eye catching visual
3. SUSPENDING YOUR LIGHTING
In hanging your light the rule of thumb is that the distance from the floor to the bottom of the shade should be 220cm. Which means your tallest friend can comfortably walk beneath it and not bump their head
There are three main options for you in how to suspend your pendant light:
This has a modern chrome ceiling canopy with a clear wire suspension/power cable which attaches to your lampshade. The length of the cable is adjustable. You can spray the ceiling canopy white if it better suites your ceiling
Chrome Rod Suspension
This is a system which suits the décor of more traditional, older-style houses. It features a shiny chrome stem rod with a conical ceiling attachment. The rods are made to order according to ceiling height. If your lamp is in a hallway or area that is more exposed to draughts this system is most suitable as it adds stability. Rectangular shades also need rods to keep the shade in line.
This contemporary option involves installing a hook to the ceiling and a long dangling suspension cable which is available in black or white in plastic or woven cotton flex, making the cable part of the feature.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
- Size - Play with a measuring tape and think about the approx size and shape that you feel would work best in your space
- Double Sided or Outside only? Which look do you like best, fabric on both sides of the shade or on the outside only with a Diffuser across the bottom
- Fabric - The fun part is choosing a fabric that compliments your decor or choose a print that adds personality to your space
The best way to view our fabrics is to visit our showroom or email us photos of your room and we can help create a solution that suites your style and budget contact us