Mini Makeover: Lighting Edition

 We’re doing a kitchen remodel that includes changing out light fixtures and I have a few questions. What is pendant lighting? Is it different from chandelier lighting? If so, how do the costs compare and are there advantages to pendant lighting fixtures?

The basic explanation of a pendant light seems to be that it hangs from the ceiling and uses a wire, tube or chain to support only one decorative light bulb.

This may differ from a chandelier that can support multiple lights on a single fixture. But definitions are debatable, since lighting is a huge category with many variations.

As far as expenses to use pendants versus a chandelier, chandeliers may cost more per fixture. However, you may need a few pendant fixtures in place of a single chandelier.

For a custom lighting arrangement, strategically placed pendant lights can have advantages. Hang them parallel in a row, or group several pendant lights hanging at varied heights for a fun, chandelier-like effect.

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