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Choosing Pendant Lights/Lamps for Kitchen - A quick guideBy Smitha Jose
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Ever wondered why kitchen is called the ‘heart of the house’? Surprising as it may sound, most of the magical moments worth recalling are created in your kitchen - amidst your cooker whistling or your oven beeping to have a look at your bake.
Kitchen has never been just a cookhouse. In many of our houses, it is where the food is served, where you entertain your foodie guest or even clear your kids unending doubts they have from their class. A multifunctional room like this cannot be imagined with a set of ceiling or recessed light. There ought to be light, life and tons of drama. Yes, we are coming to pendant lights!
Pendant lights can be used as any part of the lighting layers i.e, as task light, ambience light and even accent lights. One of the most common areas in kitchen where these are used is the kitchen island.
Pendants Over Kitchen Island:
Task lighting is what a kitchen island needs. A general rule of thumb is to have 3 pendant lights over a standard size island (This, no doubt, has exceptions). Kitchen to pendant scale/size is more important than the number of pendants itself. A smaller kitchen with an island almost covering the entire width will need only 2 lamps to give sufficient light.
Down light pendants are recommended over the island as they are better focused. However, if the island is also to be used as an eating space, a set of pendant lights with diffuser shade can be installed together with them. Alternatively, dimmers can be fixed to change the intensity of light according to the need.
Interior designing experts believe odd number of pendant lights are always more attractive than when used in pairs.
Whether as task lights or ambient ones, pendant lamps should be hung at a height which does not hinder the look across the island. Some people like to calculate the height from the ceiling and prefer to have 12 to 15 inch space between the ceiling and the rim of the lamp. But as the height of the ceiling is not standardized, a better method is always to measure the height in accordance with the height of the island. 30 to 40 inch gap is an apt space to allow between the rim of the lamp and the island floor that will neither be a hindrance to see across the island nor too high to defeat the purpose of task lighting.
The gap between each pendant lamps purely depends on the width of the kitchen island and the type of pendant light used.
A smaller island can however opt for a cluster of sleek pendant lights that will together provide ample light over the entire island and add a dramatic effect to the space.
Complement with the look:
Kitchens are definitely one place in the house often have a style or theme of its own – contemporary, rustic, transitional or tropical. Each element, therefore needs to compliment the look. For a vintage kitchen, a pendant lamp shade made of glass or antique looking metals will be a perfect pick while for a traditional look one can go with ornate, smooth finished metallic lamps.
A contemporary looking kitchen will look great with a single and sleek linear pendant lamp that lights up the island evenly.
A kitchen is never complete without a set of pendant lamps. Whether it is the kitchen island or an extended dining area, pendant lamps are the ones that bring life to the room.
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