Kitchen Pendant Lights are not common place or typical in the average kitchen for one simple reason, they normally require head room above them but that is not to say that a standard height ceiling cannot accommodate a ceiling light or two – they can.
What are pendant lights?
Pendant lights are suspend from the ceiling, originally little more than a fixed, single bulb surrounded by a large dome facing downward but there are many variations of this theme available that are not at all domed shaped. The most common use for this style of lighting in most homes is to suspend the light over a breakfast bar or similar feature in the kitchen to illuminate that immediate environment.
If you are fortunate enough to have designed your own home and have it constructed with a higher than average ceiling height then the door has been thrown wide open for many more possible uses of Kitchen Pendant Lights as they can then be scattered around the room over a much wider range of areas within the room and make superb lighting features above food preparation and sink areas in addition to the breakfast bar.
In any sized kitchen, if you have a work surface in your kitchen that is not fitted with cupboards above then you too have an excellent opportunity to install pendant light to this area and creating a more pleasant and safer working area. The ideal height for this type of lighting, wherever you choose to install should be about 1m above the work surface, breakfast bar etc. and placed centrally above that surface.
The majority of pendant lights, as a single purpose light, still direct the light beam downward but there are others available that emit light over head to the ceiling, sometimes creating an attractive pattern or light emitting from the sides to almost act as spotlighting around the room which can add further interest in an otherwise darkened room.
How many pendants lights?
The number of Kitchen Pendant Lights is typically a personal choice depending on how much coverage of the area below you requires ‘lighting up’. A breakfast bar of 2 metres long would typically require three lights to provide adequate coverage to all of the surface, one in the centre and the two outer lights placed half way between the centrally positioned light and the edge of the work surface or bar area. Of course the larger the area is you will need to consider the possibility of additional lights. Three lights however are not always used and can depend on the size of the fitting itself. Three large domed lighting units could look ridiculous and cluttered so two lights may be sufficient under such conditions.
As with all aspects of home decorating you need to give careful consideration to the overall look and feel to your Kitchen Pendant Lights. The re-routing of electrical cabling is not something you want to undertake more times than necessary so you need to aim to get it right first time.