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Keep Family Dinnertime Alive: Mini Pendant Lights for Kitchens

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 06, 2016 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Feb 05, 2016

Have you ever spent hours cooking a delicious family dinner, only to see your loved ones shovel it down their throats, then suddenly vanish? This phenomenon might have nothing to do with your culinary skills, nor a sign of the Millennial Generation’s short attention span. Silly as it sounds, you might have insufficient kitchen lighting. If your kitchen island looks dark and lonely, brighten it up with modern mini pendant lights for kitchens . Why Mini Pendant Lighting for Kitchens? Pendants create a striking mood and take up less kitchen space than standard 8-10” hanging lights. Mini pendant lighting also looks super-classy, with a range of designs to fit any kitchen remodel and budget. Here are 5 basic tips for choosing the right design, spacing and height for your kitchen island pendant lights: To determine the right hanging lights for a 2’6” dining table, just subtract 12”, giving you 1’6”. Divide that by 3 fixtures and you get roughly  4 3/4-Inch – which just so happens to be the size of the Kaser LED Mini Pendant 1.Choosing the diameter - To ensure there’s enough headroom for everyone at the table, measure the width or diameter of the surface being illuminated. Then just subtract 12" from that number, and voila! You have your rough fixture diameter. Small fixtures like the 6-inch Encircled Crystal Euro Halogen Pendant Set  are perfect for breakfast nooks and small round tables. You can often save money buying pendants in sets of three. 2.Tiny is better - Busy pendants with a lot of design elements will appear bigger to your eyes. Always go as small as possible if you like em’ gaudy! The 6-inch wide Raindrop Glass Chrome Mini Pendant Light  arranged according to the Rule of Three over a kitchen island. . Unlike LED or fluorescent lights, incandescent pendants like these are inherently dimmable. 3. Spacing the pendants - You want visual balance when you hang your pendants, so spacing is key. Measure the length of the space you want to illuminate (like a kitchen island,) find the center point for the center pendant. From there, hang the pendants equidistant on either side of the center and make sure the entire space is equally illuminated. When spacing a row of pendant lights, measure from the middle light source (or bulb) of the fixture instead of the outer edge of the shade. 4.Though shalt not break the Rule of Three (unless it looks cool) – No, the “Rule of Three” are not tyrannical rulers from the Game of Thrones series. It is a guideline, based on the fact that our human minds love balance. Odd numbers (especially in successions of three) seem to look especially zen. However, we’ve seen a lot of cases where there is just not enough room for three -- two is just fine if they’re spaced evenly over the surface. 5. Get dimmers – Any of the incandescent or halogen fixtures on this list are compatible with simple, inexpensive dimming switches. LED technology, however, has not been standardized; Brand A’s LED fixture might not match up with Brand B’s dimmer switches. Either way, a dimmer allows you to control the environment any way you want. Studies show that intimate mood lighting actually makes food taste better. It might even persuade your family to linger at the table a little bit longer. If you’re embarking on your own kitchen lighting remodel, how are factors like spacing, size, light source and code compliance affecting your overall design? Any tips on installing dimmable kitchen lights? We’d love to hear your stories from the front lines! Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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