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Pendants. Switch on more than a light!

Want to add pizzazz to your home’s interior? Pendant lights do just that. They have tremendous aesthetic appeal and can be a feature themselves – or draw attention to another internal furnishing.

There is no doubt that pendants are an increasingly popular lighting choice. They add drama and intimacy to what is often an open floor plan. They create a focal point in a large area and they have a significant impact on a room’s ambience.

Beacon Lighting has been providing lighting solutions for Australian homes for decades. They offer valuable advice and insight into the resurgence of the pendant trend. Product Development Manager Denise Hammond says “No longer are beautiful chandeliers and pendants the domain of the wealthy. Spectacular pieces in both modern and classic designs are now available in traditional 240 volt, low voltage and even low energy LED and all at affordable prices”.

Pendants. Switch on more than a light! The rule of thumb is the perfect pendant should complement a space – not overshadow it. Pendants over tables whether they be in formal dining rooms or casual kitchen areas are particularly popular at the moment.

The rule of thumb is the perfect pendant should complement a space – not overshadow it. Pendants over tables whether they be in formal dining rooms or casual kitchen areas are particularly popular at the moment. One of the most popular lighting trends is clustering: Choosing an odd number of pendants like 3 and hanging them together at different heights to create drama and impact. You may choose the same pendant in different colours or a family of pendants in various sizes. This technique is not only suitable over a table but works very well to create a feature nook or corner of a room and provides a striking effect above a stairwell.

Individual pendants at the same height and evenly spaced is also a popular option over kitchen work spaces providing an industrial personality which is very in right now. The bold and glossy Alix or Helena metal pendants from Beacon are ideal for achieving this look.

Pendants provide character to a room and can very well be the only decoration you need. Take for instance the dining room, with one WOW pendant; the need for elaborate table centre pieces, paintings, prints, candles etc becomes unnecessary. The right pendant can fulfil your room’s aesthetic needs as well its lighting.

For a timeless classic, keep in mind the chandelier. With modern twists and innovative designs, this once traditional hanging light can suit even the most contemporary interior.

Depending on how bold you want to be, when it comes to chandeliers, size does matter. However do consider the dimensions and shape of your room. The taller the ceiling the larger the chandelier can be.

While it can provide a dramatic focal point, the chandelier should not be the only light source in the room. Additional lights near beds, desks, vanities etc are a good idea. Chandeliers offer sophistication and provide added elegance to foyers, lounge rooms, bedrooms and even bathrooms. There is something special about a chandelier that makes it more than just a light. In fact a crystal chandelier can be kept as a treasured family heirloom to be passed down.

Chandeliers Depending on how bold you want to be, when it comes to chandeliers, size does matter. However do consider the dimensions and shape of your room. The taller the ceiling the larger the chandelier can be.

Chandeliers, retro pendants and other traditional designs allow you to take a trip down memory lane and if you are after a contemporary version to these classics, materials like timber or cane provide a natural and unique style.

There is no doubt that pendants are an increasingly popular lighting choice. They add drama and intimacy to what is often an open floor plan. They create a focal point in a large area and they have a significant impact on a room’s ambience.

Beacons diverse range means you are spoilt for choice. The only challenge you may face is ensuring that the size of your pendant light or lights is appropriate for the space. General guidelines for pendant height range from about 55cm to 70cm above a counter or bench top or roughly 183cm off the floor (this can vary depending on the customer’s height) and about 70cm to 82cm above a dining room table. The basis for the slightly higher elevation above the bench top is that most kitchen islands are designed with some functionality that requires standing, like cooking or washing dishes. Beacon Lighting specialists can assist you with any questions you may have. Pendants are striking features to have in just about any room in your home. They can be used alone or in conjunction with other lighting options.

When you switch on a pendant light, you are switching on your rooms personality!