For kitchen benchtops, avoid pendants with a hard accented downwards light, these will give heavy shadows underneath your hands and food and make working more difficult. When mounted directly above a glossy counter, the reflections off the countertop can be uncomfortable for the eyes. These issues can increase the possibility of cutting your hands when using a knife!
For dining areas, ensure the light source is comfortable to look at. Sitting at a table with a glary, bright light source in a relaxed setting can really take away from the enjoyment decorative lighting can offer. You’ll want to make sure it is dimmable so you can change the ambience from a family situation to a grown up dinner party.
Usually mount pendants about 750mm to 1000mm above the table surface, but there are no set rules for this. The best way to get it right is to electrify it on a long lead and ask the contractor to lift it to the ideal height while you are in the room or pretending to sit at the table. Always install the lighting slightly lower than you need or ensure there is enough slack left in the cable to pull the pendant up if required, it is more difficult to increase the suspension height when the cables have been cut and wired in!
For areas with low ceiling heights and dark finishes a fitting with an upwards and downwards direction which give the appearance of more height and also help to scatter light around the room.
For areas where you have a nice view the last thing you want to see when you look out the window is the reflection of your ceiling and a chandelier. To protect the view of the night sky and a city or landscape view at night, a pendant with a downwards light will reduce the ceiling reflection in the glass, opening your view to the stars.
For further advice ask us to send you a selection of pieces or model it in your space first!