All about pendant lights

- Jan 25, 2019-

Different style LED pendant lights

Mounting strap: Anchors fixture to outlet box in ceiling.

Canopy: Decorative cover hides electrical hookups.

Nipple: Threads into mounting strap.

Hanger Loop: Connects chain to nipple.

Chain/Rod: Shade must hang at least six inches from ceiling to be considered a pendant.

Socket: Powers bulb. Porcelain sockets stand up better to heat than metal ones.

Shade: Controls direction, spread, and color of light.

Washer: Supports shade. Threads onto outside of socket.

Bulb: Wattage should not exceed capacity on fixture's label.

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What do they cost? A 4-inch, colored-glass "mini" pendant from the home center starts at $25; larger hand-wrought metal fixtures and ones with blown-glass shades can go for $500 and much, much more.

Where can you use them? To light up a workspace, such as a kitchen-island prep zone or a desk in a home office. They can also cast a warm glow in a dining room or an entryway.

Open or closed shade? Closed shades, such as schoolhouse-style opaque globes, soften light and hide the bulb. Shades that are open on the bottom create bright spots beneath them; ones with open tops, such as drum shades, also bounce light off the ceiling.