Mini pendant lights are a great type of ceiling lighting because they are versatile, fun, and often inexpensive. The larger versions of pendant lighting are the most common form of lighting in the home. Pendant lighting simply refers to lights that hang down from the ceiling. Designs are available in every style from rustic and traditional to sleek and modern. They can have a shade, a dome, or a bowl that holds the light bulb(s). Some have a large drum-type shade that softens the light and creates a warmth and charm that goes well in a living room or entryway.
Smaller pendants can be used alone to light a small space like a window seat or an alcove. They can also be placed at specific intervals and hung at different levels to give the appearance of many spot lights. That effect works well for kitchen lighting, such as along the counter, above the island, or in between the kitchen and dining room of an open floor plan. It would also look great in a long hallway. Use different colors for each one to add fun to the area, or use the same color to bring out the decor of the room. An antique finish in a floral den, for example, would accentuate the fabrics nicely. Mini pendant lights can also be clustered together at varying heights to create a cascading effect and provide brighter light for a coffee table, a dining room table, or a staircase landing.
Some manufacturer's are know for their wide selection of pendant lights. Elk Lighting, for example, utilizes blown glass and hand crafted designs for pendants in several styles, such as Children's Theme, French Country, and modern contemporary. Maxim lighting focuses on high-quality lighting for the middle class marketplace. Their collections feature luxury finishes like platinum dusk, oil rubbed bronze, roasted chestnut, and satin nickel. The use of mini pendants for lighting offers flexibility in decor because they can be changed easily and cost-effectively. Pastel shades with kittens on them for a girl's room, for instance, can be changed a few years down the road to bright colored shades with glitter on them for the teenager.