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Overall, there is no exact science to kitchen island lighting since much of the decisions depend on you and your kitchen, but if you follow these general guidelines, you will be able to create a high-quality lighting plan in your kitchen.
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Choose pendants that complement the style of your kitchen without being exact matches to other fixtures in the room. Next, decide how far above the island the lights should hang. The size of the pendant, how much light it sheds onto the surface, and the height of members of your family will all affect how high to hang the lights. On average, a pendant light should be 30 inches above the countertop. For taller people, hang your pendant lights higher than 30 inches from the countertop to raise them above eye level, as pendant lights should never impede a person’s view of someone or something on the other side of the island.
A trio of pendant lights hang from intricate gold framework in this pretty kitchen. The white shades and gold frame blend perfectly with the room’s color scheme and traditional vibe. The pendant light fixture also draws the eye upward, which emphasizes the room’s vaulted ceiling.
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In this kitchen, two types of pendant lights work together: Tubelike glass pendants hang low above the island, while a disc-shape glass pendant illuminates the sink area. The watery blue color of the lights adds a splash of personality and fun.
A variety of lighting is important to any space, but in a kitchen, the lighting above an island is crucial for performing detailed tasks. Incorporate layers of light to include general, accent, and task lighting. A kitchen with good general lighting also needs additional lights above the island, and this task lighting — often in the form of pendants over the island — will round out your kitchen lighting plan.
In this kitchen, two matching pendant lights hang above the center island as the finishing touch for the food-prep or casual dining area. The unique shape and contrasting color add aesthetic appeal.
As we all get older, we need more light to see properly. This can be as simple as increasing the wattage or adding more lights to work areas.
The right light will minimize glare, render color accurately, and create an inviting atmosphere.
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Use pendant lighting to add a unique touch to your kitchen. Here, style is added through a pair of shapely pendants hung low above the breakfast bar. The organic shape and unique texture of the lights contrast beautifully with the kitchen’s dark cabinets and polished-marble countertops.
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Long-lasting, energy-efficient, and dimmable lightbulbs are available in an assortment of attractive styles. Choose the bulb that best suits your lighting purposes for the pendant. Color and intensity influence the mood of the kitchen and the effectiveness of the light, whether its purpose is overall, task, or accent lighting.
In this kitchen, curved pendant lights add to the fun, relaxed style of the room. The striking yellow color contrasts with the dark island base, and the shape echoes other curves throughout the space. The splash of color guides the eye upward, which emphasizes the dramatic vaulted ceiling.
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For task lighting, choose a pendant that is open at the top so the light underneath is not too harsh. If you need overall light, space pendants evenly throughout the room or over the work area. A general rule: The larger the area you want to light, the bigger the pendant light should be. A small pendant light is effective over a sink or desk area. Cluster small pendants or choose a pendant with three or more lights over a dining room table or kitchen island.
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If your island has an incorporated cooktop, consider the heat coming off the cooktop and how the lights will affect the person who does the cooking. When in doubt, raise the pendants another 3-6 inches to reduce the heat the lights sustain as well as the affect they have on the cook.
Here, a trio of lights hang above the center island and provide ample lighting for a casual mealtime or dinner preparation. The style fits perfectly with the space’s cottage-meets-contemporary feel, and the stainless-steel accents blend beautifully with the appliances and hardware.
Two oversize pendant lights hang above this island and enhance the ambience of the room. The woven wicker shades contrast with the kitchen’s sleek-lined aesthetic, and they also blend well with the stone flooring and the rustic wood grain on the cabinetry.
Pendant lighting in your kitchen can be both practical and beautiful. Find ideas here about what styles, shapes, and colors of the fixtures will be best for your kitchen design.
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A trio of clear glass pendant lights suspended from a weathered wooden ceiling beam look airy and light in this kitchen. The lights are hung low above the island, offering plenty of task lighting for food prep and mealtime. When they’re not lit, the glass pendants become practically invisible.
Streamlined to the very last detail, this contemporary kitchen packs a punch with efficiency and style. Clusters of pendant lights drip down from the tall ceiling to illuminate the island work zone. The sleek, modern pendants blend effortlessly with the kitchen’s clean-lined look.
This casual eating space is the picture of perfection, with brushed-metal pendant lighting that mirrors the kitchen appliances. The finish of the pendant lights also blends well with the room’s relaxed cottage vibe.
This includes things such as window shadings to control natural light as well as dimmers for lightbulbs.
This traditional kitchen has contemporary touches, such as modern appliances and sleek wood flooring. The pendant lights above the island prove as the perfect finishing touch. The stylish shades are lined with gold, which casts a warm glow throughout the work space.
Modern pendants made of glass and chrome exude sleekness. Shaded chandeliers can be either traditional or transitional. Glass orbs and shades have a retro look. Translucent-glass shades help reduce distracting glare. Select shades to match your kitchen style and lighting needs. Most lighting showrooms allow you to customize fixtures.
To avoid circles of super-bright light, consider a pendant with a light diffuser, or use semi-opaque bulbs. A pendant with a dimmer switch is the perfect mood-setter.
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Pendant lighting comes in a plethora of shapes, styles, and colors, making it easy for you to find the perfect lighting for your kitchen.
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Three tiny pendant lights add oodles of style to this traditional kitchen. The pendants’ shades provide an intricate quilted pattern and give the kitchen’s classic decor a splash of sparkly bling. The metal shades also blend well with the room’s modern stainless-steel appliances.
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While the decorative options for pendant lights are vast, installation is also a key factor to consider for pendant lighting.
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Use two types of pendants for a custom lighting look. In this kitchen, a pendant light with a large patterned drum shade hangs above the small island, while a series of smaller frosted-glass pendants are suspended above the nearby countertop. Both lighting options blend well with the kitchen’s relaxed, traditional look.
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In addition to height and proportion, consider adding dimmers to the lighting above your island. Dimmers allow flexibility, enabling you to change the mood for prep, dining, and cleanup. For example, having pendant lighting on a dimmer is multifunctional, creating good general light when needed or softer, more ambient light when lightbulbs are dimmed down.
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Pendants should hang 12-20 inches below an 8-foot ceiling. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add 3 inches. For example, for a 9-foot ceiling, the pendant should hang 15-23 inches below.The pendant height can also be measured up from the surface below the light; provide a 30- to 36-inch clearance above tables and countertops.
This is the most practical height, especially for pendants used for task lighting.Pendants should be hung over work surfaces at a height that doesn’t block views across the kitchen.Consider dimmers and switches that offer opportunities to adjust the level of light to suit a task or mood.
These shimmering, chandelier-style pendant lights hang a short distance from the kitchen’s ceiling, which helps to visually heighten the room. Although they’re closer to the ceiling than some pendants in other kitchens, these are hung low enough to provide adequate lighting to the island prep zone and dining space.
Open-beam ceilings are often the perfect backdrop for pendant lighting in the kitchen. Here, lights hang from high beams to bring style to the room. For tall ceilings, make sure that your lights hang low enough to provide sufficient lighting and to look aesthetically pleasing.
Big is beautiful! Embrace the trend of large-scale lighting fixtures.
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Add a twist to the pendant lighting in your kitchen by using two different types of hanging lights. Here, kitchen track lighting ensures that every work area is well-lit. Directly above the casual dining space, two glass pendant lights hang slightly lower to cast a warm glow.
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Learn how to layer lighting in a total kitchen lighting plan.
When adding pendants above your island, follow these rules to ensure a balanced lighting scheme.
Coffered ceilings are a beautiful architectural detail of many homes. If your kitchen boasts a stylish ceiling like this one, draw the eye upward with an array of pendant lights. The dark brushed-metal finish of these lights lend contrast to the weathered-wood ceiling, but their shape blends well with the room’s cozy farmhouse vibe.
When deciding how many pendants to hang above an island, follow the Rule of Three. This rule states balance is created by repeating an element three times. Above an island, three pendant lights create a more balanced space than two or four, though the deciding factor in following The Rule of Three is always proportion. In a kitchen with a small island and oversize pendant lights, two pendants would provide enough illumination and three would overwhelm the space.
Pendant fixtures with retractable cords are easily adjustable to suit lighting for different tasks. Retract the light for allover diffused light, or pull it close for intimate dining.
Here, disc-shape pendant lights hang low from the ceiling to illuminate the countertop and sink area. The fluted white shades blend well with the kitchen’s delicate, refined look.
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A lantern-style fixture hung above this kitchen’s tiny island provides adequate lighting for the dainty work space. The dark color accentuates the grain of the wooden island and flooring. A pair of differently shaped pendants above the sink illuminate that area and lend a splash of contrast.
These pendant lights hang above the island to give an extra glow. The lights, wrapped with shiny gold shades, are sleek and stylish without becoming too dramatic against the colorful backdrop of cabinetry. The added light beckons visitors to gather in the kitchen’s cozy atmosphere.
Pendants come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. If the light fixture commands a prominent presence in the room, select a style that reflects your decor.
Whether you need to illuminate a specific task or update your decor, the right light makes all the difference in a room. A pendant does it all, providing overall light, which is used for all-purpose illumination; task lighting, which focuses light on a specific work area; and accent lighting, which highlights specific areas.
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This small kitchen boasts a variety of textures and finishes, right down to the lighting above the island. A pair of sparkly pendant lights suspended above the island prep space provides needed task lighting and gives the kitchen another layer of texture and style. The suspension wires were wrapped with rope to conceal the unattractive hardware.