Pendant lights are an excellent way to add both ambient lighting and task lighting. You will often find pendants in work areas such as kitchen islands, over desks, reading areas, and in game rooms often over a billiards table. While not always a complete lighting solution for a large room, using pendants lights can create an incredible design and atmosphere effect.
When deciding on which pendant fixtures to purchase there are some considerations. First, how much light do you need for the specific area? Do you simply want ambient illumination, or focused task lighting? There are designs made specifically for certain tasks and you will want to narrow your focus to one that is best for you. Pendant lights also make great focal points and will compliment your current lighting scheme. And if you run into trouble deciding, there are always interior design professionals that can help you tie it all together.
You will need to take into consideration the height the light is hung at when placing pendants in high traffic areas such as your kitchen. They are great for using over kitchen islands and counter tops, however make sure that they do not obstruct your view. This can lead to accidents. This is not so much a consideration when hanging them over a desk or reading area. And for game tables, such as a pool table, pendant lights are a fantastic option second to none.
These days it is easy to select from a wide variety of styles and colors. Not only are pendant lights available at your local hardware store, you can find an endless selection online. Often the prices you find from online stores is better than what you would pay in person due to lower overhead. I often recommend doing your initial search physically and then looking for the best deals at one of the many online destinations.