pendant lighting hanging over a kitchen island

Pendant Lighting

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 2/18/2021

A common concern around pendant lighting is whether or not it is in or out of fashion. The truth is, pendant lighting is always in fashion, especially when it’s used to highlight a kitchen island or warm up a dining room.


The term pendant lighting often refers to a type of single-bulb light fixture that hangs alone from the ceiling (sometimes in groups), usually with the lightbulb covered by a pendant light shade. Pendant light fixtures can be found in any room in the house, but they are most commonly found in the kitchen and the dining room. Pendant lights come in a variety of designs and styles, with farmhouse pendant lights and pendant track lighting as two common examples. Other types of modern pendant lighting include both rustic and industrial designs for indoor and outdoor use. Installing pendant light fixtures can require some skill and knowledge, but both DIY and plug in pendant lights are readily available.

How To Choose The Best Pendant Light Fixtures

Choosing a pendant light fixture always starts with personal preference but there are a few things you may want to consider before spending your budget to find out it wasn’t right for you:

  • What’s the purpose of your pendant lighting? If you’re installing your fixtures over a workbench or a prep table, you may want to consider something in the way of task lighting. Whereas, if you're trying to create a more welcoming atmosphere, you may want to try pendant lights that help brighten up the whole room.
  • In order for pendant lighting to really shine, it needs to be at the right height so your eyes catch the light in just the right way. Be sure you get pendant light fixtures that adjust to your desired level.