What is a Pendant Light?

Farmhouse style pendant lights in a bright and sunny kitchen, with bronze accents

If you’re beginning a home renovation project, making an update to your kitchen, living room, or foyer, or simply just seeing what’s out there – pendant lights are the perfect way to add class and sophistication to your space! As the lighting experts, we’ll give you a crash course in what a pendant light is, where to use one, and where to go from here. Let’s get started!


What is a pendant light?

A pendant is a ceiling light that typically features one or more bulbs. Some of our pendants feature up to 12 bulbs! But typically, pendants will be suspended from the ceiling, with a lightbulb at the end of a chain, rope, or other connector. Shades on pendants are common, as are bare bulb pendants, and others may incorporate exciting materials like crystal, brushed bronze, gold, and more. The sky is the limit when it comes to styles of pendants!


How should I use a pendant light?

The short answer? Any way you want! Pendant lights are especially popular in kitchens, because multiple pendants can be arranged in a cohesive fashion. A unique way some designers use pendants is by hanging several of them on either side of a bed to function as bedside lamps. Contemporary and functional! Lastly don’t forget about outdoor lighting, for example, under a covered or screened in porch. Many pendants are suitable for outdoors, and are damp rated so they will work beautifully in any weather.


Where do I go from here?

We offer thousands of different pendant lights to choose from at Kay Lighting! Contemporary pendants, traditional pendants, glamorous pendants… you name it! Below are just a few of our favorites, or you can view all our pendants by clicking here!


Beautiful Art Deco Pendant Crosswise by Quoizel

Contemporary Tetra Pendant by ELK

Art Deco Pendant Crosswise Contemporary Pendant by ELK - Tetra

Maxim Single Bulb Edison Pendant - "Early Electric"

Conga One Light Mini-Pendant in Sea Glass Rope

Maxim Early Electric Edison Bulb Pendant Troy Lighting Conga Pendant in Sea Glass

Contemporary Pendant in Copper by Access Lighting

Glamorous Pendant Light by Eurofase - "Encore"

Copper pendant light Glam crystal pendant light by Eurofase

Plus, here are some of our most popular categories of pendants:

See Chrome Pendant Lights

See Copper Pendant Lights

See LED Pendant Lights

See Modern Pendant Lights

See Traditional Pendant Lights

See Single Light Pendants

See Pendant Lighting for Kitchens



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