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CHOOSING THE PERFECT PENDANT LIGHTING

Pendants are increasingly becoming a popular choice to creating that designer look in your home. It can, however, be difficult to ensure you have chosen the right light to suit your space. It is important to achieve a true wow factor without having to damage the budget on accessories and fittings. The key to draw the eye to a focal point is in the selection and placement of your feature products

Match the style of your room

Before you go all out and purchase a pendant, think about the current decor in the room you want to decorate.

If your home has a contemporary feel you may to decide to fit a modern pendant a metallic, particularly in shiny and brushed brassy finishes. These pendants are especially pleasing to the eye when teamed up with natural woods, marble and neutral tones. For a more traditional feel, you can opt for a classic glass pendant that beams with sophistication and elegance.

No matter which style you choose to adopt in your house, pendant lighting can have a dramatic impression on your room as it can provide illumination and ambiance to a space without being imposing.

Think about your space

How big is the room? Make sure you are prepared with the measurements, including the height and width of the space when choosing your pendant lights.

Many people opt to place their pendant lights above the dinner table if you decide this the spot for your light, the right height depends upon the type of light youve chosen. There is absolutely no right or wrong, its all down to personal preference, but many home owners do chose to abide by the unspoken rule. That is to ensure that the bottom of the light rests at 80cm above the surface of the table. This will prevent the pendant from intruding on dinnertime conversations. Whether you choose to stick to this rule is entirely up to you; you may find that you prefer your light to hang higher, or lower.

If you are choosing the pendant for the kitchen, think about the shape, something that is wide OR open at the top will provide efficient lighting without being too harsh.

if you have a bigger room, make sure to pick a larger pendant to suit. Alternatively, clustering works well as it involves mixing and matching. Whether you choose one colour across different shapes, or one shape across multiple colours this style shows how impressive a cluster of smaller pendants can be.

Choose the right bulb

When choosing the right bulb for this lighting, think about its colour temperature. Opt for anled globe with a low level of kelvins as it means the light emitted will be warmer. This will help to create a cosy and warm ambience at the table.

While lighting above work spaces such as the sink may require something a little cooler, you want to make sure it provides the right light to help you see and help you concentrate at the task at hand.

Remember, pendant lights are a great way to let your style shine throughout your home – there is a pendant to match every room, every style, every mood and every budget!

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3 Lighting Design Styles That’ll Transform Your Home This Season

Choosing the right lighting scheme can set the tone for any house, and this can often involve more than just selecting the colour temperature or colours that match. Whatever look or feel you are aiming to achieve, different occasions require different styles of light.

Here we’ve picked some of Mercator’s newest lighting products from their Bright Ideas Collection and show you 3 different lighting trendsthat will create a lasting impression for your home.

Style 1: Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian design has become a very popular trend in recent months, especially on shows like The Block and House Rules. This style is clean and contemporary and relies on lighter tones to combat the dark when the sun goes down early.

When it comes to choosing a pendant light for this scheme, we recommend Mercator’s Madeline Pendant. The soft pastel duck egg colour juxtaposed against the dark wooden timber makes this truly unique piece a popular pendant among interior designers & decorators alike.

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Shop now: Mercator’s Madeline Pendant available in Duck Egg & Snow White.

Style 2: Concrete Design

There is often mixed feelings when it comes to incorporating exposed concrete to an interior living area. If it is left in the wrong hands the room can feel unfinished and cold. However with the proper planning and team, concrete can add an artistic and stylish element producing a natural, warm environment.

Similar to an industrial style, concrete design emphasises simple lines and raw materials. We highly recommend Mercators Albert Concrete pendant if you’re looking for a light to go in a room with a more modern masculine edge.

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Shop Now: Mercators Albert Concrete Pendant. (available end November)

Style 3: Industrial Design

Inner-city warehouses have become increasing popular among homeowners & renovators, transforming these spaces into loft-style hot-spots. Industrial design mixes raw and rough materials with clean and streamlined furniture.

Keep with the industrial feel by selecting a pendant light with steel shades and exposed bulbs to suit the milieu. Look for lower lumens or a dimmable globe with dimmer switch when choosing the bulb to give the room a warm and inviting feel. Mercators Niko Matt Black Metal with Copper pendant adds just the right touch the look is minimalistic and will fit well in an open planned space.

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Shop Now: Mercators Niko Matt Black Metal with Copper Lamp holder Pendant.

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Pendant lights for cathedral ceilings

If you are planning to install some beautiful pendant lights in your property, you may worry whether these fixtures are appropriate for your ceiling.

No matter the arch or height, there are pendant lights to suit your needs and tall cathedral ceilings are no exception.

Also known as vaulted ceilings, cathedral roofs were traditionally only used in basilicas or cathedrals and are often used to make a space appear bigger than it is.

They are dramatic architectural features used to add depth to a space, but come complete with their own challenges when it comes to lighting requirements.

If you’re after task lighting to provide extra illumination, you may want to consider pendant lights, which can be adjusted depending on how high or low you want them.

However, pendant lights can also be used to create an ambient glow – it all depends on which way you direct the light.

You may also want to consider installing additional general lighting too, as pendant lights are often unable to provide sufficient lighting on their own.

Before installing them, it could be wise to use a laser plumb bob. Place this tool on a table at the place where you think you want your light to sit and it will shine a laser light directly above, so you can determine the exact spot on the ceiling where your light should be fitted.

Often, pendant lights are hung in groups. Before purchasing and hanging these lights, why not have a practice run with plastic funnels hung on string? This way you can get the look you want sorted before you make any reall investments. This is a more practical way to do all your research.

Remember that lighting design often goes by the rule of thirds. The bottom third of your property should be furniture, the next third for artwork and other accents and the highest third for lighting.

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What Height Should I Hang My Light Above the Dining Room Table?

When it comes to installing a light above the dining room table, the ‘right’
height really depends upon the type of light you’ve chosen. Of course, if
you’ve chosen a standard length light, such as an oyster ceiling light, for
example, it’s a very straightforward process. If, however, you’ve chosen a
variable length ceiling light, such as a?pendant light,
you’ll want to find a length, and a height, that’s right for you and your
family. There is absolutely no right or wrong, it’s all down to personal
preference, but many homeowners do choose to abide by the unspoken rule.

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The Standard ‘Rule’

A very common rule for hanging a chandelier or pendant light above a dining room
table is to ensure that the bottom of the light rests 80cm above the
surface of the table. This is said to allow a good amount of light, certainly
enough to eat or work by, while leaving enough space to allow for diners to sit
and stand without risking banging their heads or hands. Whether you choose to
stick to this rule is entirely up to you; you may find that you prefer your
light to hang higher, or lower.

 

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Things to Consider

If you want to hang your?pendant light higher or lower than the
standard 80 cm above the tabletop, there are a number of aspects you should
take into consideration before doing so:

  1. If you rearrange your dining room at a later date, and move the dining table, you’ll want to make sure that the bottom of the light is high enough so that heads will not bang into it when walking underneath. 2 meters from the ground, or higher, depending upon the height of your household, is a sensible idea.
  2. If you have very tall people in your household, they may find that a 80 cm gap between the table and the bottom of the pendant light isn’t adequate to make them feel comfortable. In fact, too small a gap can make some people feel a little claustrophobic. You may wish to reduce the height by 10cm, or increase by 15cm depending on your personal circumstances.
  3. You should also consider the size of your dining table. For example, if you have a very large table, you should aim to hang your pendant?higher so that there is an adequate spread of light across the tabletop. Alternatively, if you have a smaller table, you may find you can get away with hanging the light a little lower, making it more of a spotlight.

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Choosing the perfect pendant lighting

Pendant lights are increasingly becoming a popular choice due to their versatility. It can, however, be difficult to ensure you have chosen the right light to suit your space.

Match the style of your room.

Before you go all out and purchase a pendant, think about the current decor in the room you want to decorate.

You may decide to fit a modern looking pendant if your home has a contemporary feel. For a more traditional house, a classic pendant may be a better choice, and there are traditional styles suitable to give your house a country cottage feel.

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Modern Pendant Lights

No matter which style you choose to adopt in your house, pendant lighting can have a dramatic impression on your room.

Pendant lighting may be a great choice if your room has a limited floor space as it can provide illumination without being imposing.

Think about space

How big is the room? Make sure you come prepared with the measurements, including the height and width of the space, when choosing pendant lights.

Many people opt to place their pendant lights above their dinner table. If you decide this is where you want to put your light, you will want to ensure there is a 1.7 metre space between the light and the floor so that it does not intrude on dinnertime conversation.

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Led Spot Lights

If you are choosing the pendant for the kitchen, think about using ones that are open at the top, so the light emitted isn’t too harsh.

If you have a bigger room, make sure you install a larger lamp to suit. Alternatively, you can space lights throughout the room to create overall illumination.

Choose the right bulb

When choosing the right bulb for this lighting, think about its colour temperature. Opt for an led globe?with a low level of kelvins as it means the light emitted will be warmer.

This will help to create a cozy and warm ambiance at the table.

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lamps

While lighting above work spaces such as the sink may require a small pendant light, you want to make sure it provides the right light to help you see.

Choose a bulb with a cooler light, or a higher kelvin measurement, to help you concentrate on the task at hand.

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