Kitchen Pendant Lighting: What You Need to Know

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There’s no denying that pendant lights can beautifully accent your kitchen, but they’re also highly functional since they can provide much needed task lighting.

Below are tips for choosing kitchen pendant lighting along with some of our current favorites.


How to Place Kitchen Pendants

Remember, the ideal position involves having the light point directly down on your kitchen islands and bars (remember, it’s hard to run wires in these areas).

Hang pendants 30” to 36” above your countertop. To cast more ambient light, choose pendants that are open on top or have lighter colored glass.

LED kitchen pendants make a great choice, but halogen lamps are still popular, thanks to their small bulb size and long life. Here’s a selection of kitchen pendants to consider.


Mini Pendants

Are you worried about overwhelming your countertop, island, or breakfast nook with a bulky fixture? A mini pendant offers a great solution: it illuminates the area without overwhelming it. Install multiple mini pendants (most are low-voltage) or place one in just the right spot so it casts the perfect amount of light.

Besa Lasso Collection. This lovely mini pendant fuses functional lighting with contemporary flair. Choose from bronze or satin nickel finishes. This item is on display in both showrooms in the glitter glass (pictured below)

Besa Lighting's Lasso Pendant

Tech Lighting. A favorite at Wolfers, Tech Lighting boasts a wide array of gorgeous mini pendants for the kitchen. Check out the gallery below, and be sure to stop by one of our showrooms to see these fixtures in person.

There are a plethhora of Tech Lighting Pendants on Display at Wolfers

In particular, we love the Mini Cargo Solid Pendant from Tech Lighting. It gives off a wonderful industrial vibe. Plus, it’s quite versatile: it’s available in antique bronze or satin nickel, and you can choose either LED or halogen bulbs.

Tech Lighting's Mini Cargo Pendant

Linear or Multiple suspension Lights

Pro tip: Choose one that is half or three quarters the size of your countertop and be sure to center it.

Modern Forms Leather-Bound LED Pendant. Sleek and functional are what you get with this unique linear LED pendant, which would look great over a kitchen island. A thin, streamlined profile conceals robust LED down lighting with cutting edge, full-range dimming controllability.


Hubbardton Forge Planar Pendant. This innovative Vermont-based company says, “Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary Fallingwater home from the 1930s, our horizontal Planar LED Pendant delivers clean, modern, gravity-defying lines that are sure to enhance high-end dining and living room designs.” We absolutely agree.

Hubbardton Forge's Planar Pendant

Larger Pendants

In addition to providing task lighting, larger pendants can also cast ambient light, provided your ceilings are high enough. Place these to scale with larger countertops and a bit higher for ambient light and/or to add drama to your space.

Hudson Valley Two Light Pendant. Hudson Valley is another favorite lighting manufacturer at Wolfers, and no wonder. This fixture from the Winfield Collection captures the trendy vintage industrial look while still exuding plenty of elegance.

Hudson Valley's Winfield Pendant

Remember, if you need assistance choosing the right pendant for your kitchen, the best thing you can do is stop by one of our lighting showrooms. Our consultants would be happy to help you, plus we have interactive kitchen lighting labs that make the process extra fun.


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