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.
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.