By Roderiga Merino. Pendant Lamps. Published at Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 - 22:34:28 PM.
Over a dining table: Even conventional chandeliers have morphed into tubular modern forms in interesting compositions. And large scale drum shapes add flair. Hang a pair or three to five (odd numbers are pleasing to the eye) along the length of the table. Stagger the heights for interest, say three on one level, two slightly higher. General guidelines are 30 inches above (with an 8-foot ceiling, adding three inches for each additional foot). The outer edge of the lamp should be at least 12 inches from the outer edge of the table (especially with large ones, so your head doesn’t bump into it).
Do your homework. With all the new light bulbs, transitioning from incandescent to LEDs, figure how just how much light you need. Make sure you follow a manufacturer’s recommended wattages—especially the upper limits. Overamping can result in overheating, possibly shattering glass shades, for example.
When it comes to overhead (ambient) lighting, it’s always a great idea to use two different kinds. In this elegant living room by Su Hodges Interiors, pot lights provide the majority of light (which is spread across the ceiling), while a transitional hanging fixture emphasizes the seating area in the center of the room.
For larger living spaces, a matched pair or even a set of multiple pendants can add style throughout. Space them evenly and hang them close to the ceiling. Linear pendants cover lots of area and help direct light to distant corners of a room.
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