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Enhance any room with pendant lights. Designed to make a statement they catch the eye and soon become a feature in no time. Find out how to choose pendant lights for your home.

Pendant lights make a statement

Pendant lights are designed to hang from the ceiling and come in many different sizes, shapes and colours. Often referred to as the ‘jewellery of lights' they can be elaborate and dominating or minimalist and subtle. Darren's advice is, “Use pendant lights when you want to add a decorative feature to a room.”

Many pendant light styles include matching ceiling and wall lights, even lamps. So, you can make a feature of one style in a room or continue an interior lighting theme throughout your home.

Modern pendant lights are constructed from a variety of coloured materials, including glass, metal, timber and plastic. Darren says metal is very popular in contemporary pendant designs. “Things like industrial brass, shiny copper and shiny chrome are on trend at the moment.”

A white glass pendant light hanging

Types of pendant lights

There are three main types of pendant - multi-arm, linear and shades. 

Multi-arm pendant lights are like a chandelier, while the linear style is long and thin. Both feature a number of globes that create a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

In the shade style of pendant you can have an exposed bulb or a glass shade. These pendant light styles usually have one globe and can be grouped together for a dramatic effect.

You can find all three pendant types in designs that look great with decorative globes, and others that can be fitted with energy efficient LEDs.

A geometric, decorative pendant light installation hanging in a living area.

Feature pendant lights over dining tables

Pendants are a popular choice in dining rooms where they can really make a statement over the table. The bottom of the pendant can be just 1.7m above the ground - high enough that it doesn't intrude into the dinner conversation.

Darren suggests matching your pendant with your dining table for maximum impact. “You can choose a pendant to suit the shape of your table. So, look at multi-arm for a round or rectangle table, use a linear long thin light.”

A ornamental chandelier hanging in a living room.

Planning for pendant lights

Before you install a pendant light, there are a few things to take into consideration such as the height of your ceiling. If you plan on installing it in an open space, rather than over a table or benchtop, you need to allow 2.1m of clearance so people can easily walk underneath.

“It's also a good idea to check with your electrician to make sure your ceiling can support the weight of your chosen pendant”. You'll need an electrician to install your pendants, so Darren recommends involving them when you're making your lighting plan.

“Then bring your colour scheme into Bunnings to help choose a pendant that suits your décor.”

A spherical pendant light hanging in a bedroom.

The easy way to clean pendant lights

As a design feature, pendant light shades will need an occasional clean to keep them looking their best. Darren says a quick wipe is all they need. 

“Don't use your vacuum cleaner, because you can damage the metal or the globe. I'd recommend using a soft cloth.” 

You'll find all the latest looks in our wide range of pendant lights online or in-store.


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.