Choosing Your Pendant Light

Pendant lights continue to enjoy a rise in popularity in modern homes, thanks to their versatility. Not only are they able to provide sufficient lighting for tasks, but they also come in handy for ambient lighting. Plus, many pendant lights come in gorgeous designs, making them perfect as decorative additions to the space.

With so many types of pendant lights available, how should you even begin to go about buying one for your home? To make the process easier, here are a few factors to think about when choosing a pendant light.



The first thing you need to know is what your pendant lights will be used for. Do you need them merely to illuminate the space? Are they an addition to the room for a specific task, such as writing or reading or cooking? Or are you looking for a pendant light that can be used as a feature piece, or as accent lighting?

For overall lighting, you may want to go for a pendant that uses a semi-opaque bulb or has a light diffuser, so that the light can be diffused evenly in the space.

For task lighting, you will need a pendant light that is bright enough but not too harsh, to give you enough clarity to work on the task.

For accent lighting or ambient lighting, consider adding a dimmer switch so you can easily change the brightness of the light.


Shape and size

Pendants come in various shapes. There is the drum pendant, globe pendant, dome pendant, cone pendant, bowl pendant, disc pendant, and more.

There are also the different types of pendants, which include the exposed bulb pendant, multiple bulb pendant, linear pendant, mini pendant, and abstract pendant, just to name a few.

Consider if you want a pendant that is simple and understated, or loud and glamorous. And while you are at it, don’t forget to check if the size of the pendant suits the size of the space or the furniture that it would be highlighting.



Pendant lights are made of different materials, including glass, metal, timber, and fabric. Pendants with metal such as silver, gold and bronze have a glam or classic feel to it, while glass gives it a modern and contemporary vibe. Pendants made of timber and fabric are great for bringing warmth and coziness to a space.

Pendant shades that are made of fabric will also give out a softer glow, making them perfect for use in a more relaxing space such as the bedroom or lounge room.

On the other hand, glass or acrylic shades are brighter and bolder, more suited for spaces where specific tasks are carried out, like the study or kitchen.


Number of lights

Another great thing about pendant lights – you don’t need to settle on just one!

Some pendants look amazing when they are hung in a cluster of three or more. Or, you can go for a single pendant that has multiple lights, just like the Bordesley 3-Light Wooden Pendant or the Grace 3-Light Chandelier in Black.

Having said that, a single, large statement pendant such as the Margo Pendant or the Antelao Chrome Circular Crystal chandelier can work very well too.


These are just a few factors to consider when choosing your pendant lights. Ultimately, it is up to your style preference.

From vintage-industrial looking pendants, to modern abstract pendants, Australian Lighting has it all. Take a look at our huge selection of pendant lights on our website, or drop by our stores in Melbourne and Sydney.