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Adjustable pendant lighting is especially valuable in kitchen, dining and restaurant situations, where the food preparation and eating areas may not be a standard height off the floor.
Being able to adjust the height of pendant lights allows for the best possible view of the food without either endangering people's heads or diffusing the light's focus too far.
Some adjustable pendant lights go up and down on poles; others can be pulled up and down on a wire or chain. Still others are hung on rods that can be easily cut to the desired length.
Kitchen lighting needs to be utilitarian, of course, but that doesn't mean it can't be stylish, too. Kitchen pendant lighting can offer effective task lighting and good looks at the same time. Some ideas:
Pendant light fixtures are available in a dazzling array of styles and materials. Here are some popular types to consider:
Pendant lighting is a great way to draw attention to parts of a room without overwhelming it. A low-wattage pendant light can provide task lighting or showcase valued art or antiques without unbalancing the lighting plan for the rest of the room.
Contemporary pendant lighting also provides a sense of intimacy, making it an excellent choice for lighting dinner tables, conversation nooks and secluded patios.
Pendant lighting is an excellent solution for many commercial projects, from large lobby installations to mini pendant lighting over a salad bar.
Commercial pendant lighting is often most visible at restaurants, where pendant lights shine on tables and food preparation areas, but spread only an ambient, indirect glow onto the rest of the room. This adds to an air of intimacy and privacy that an all-over bright light can't match.
Mini pendant lighting is a versatile solution to many lighting problems, providing a single point of light in a dark corner or an elegant way to light a long counter or sideboard.
A single mini pendant light can spotlight a treasured object, spread a gentle glow over a conversation area or offer focused task lighting for a desk or craft area.
Because mini pendant lights are so small, they are often used to add a touch of fun to a room. For a kid's room, try a mini pendant light shaped like a helicopter, motorcycle or spaceship.
If you want to install 8' pendant track lighting with a line voltage track, you may think your design options are limited.
You can purchase several kinds of decorative glass or basic track 120v pendant light fixtures and attach them to an 8' line (or low) voltage track. Line voltage tracks with halogen lighting are terrific because they require no transformer. You can even order flexible rail track systems to suit your lighting requirements and your decor (although several of these require low-voltage bulbs).
Typically, your lighting store or home improvement store will have a variety of tracks available and pendant light fixtures. You can attach stem supports at any point along the track length to strengthen the track, and can trim stem supports until your pendant track hangs at the desired length above the surface you're lighting.
Tip: Remember when you're hanging your track lighting that pendant lights should be hung about thirty inches from a table or countertop.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|