Types Of Pendant Lighting With Their Pros & Cons


Before you start pondering over how many types of pendant lighting there are, let me ask you a very simple question first, “what is a pendant light?” Basically, a pendant light is any light fixture hanging on a chain, cord, rope, rod, or any other apparatus used for suspension. Pendant lighting can be used in just about any room in the home as it adds both aesthetic appeal and serves a functional purpose of illumination.

But before you purchase a new pendant, it is important you know that not all pendant lighting is created equally. They all vary in one way or the other, so it is important you weigh the pros and cons of each pendant lighting along with where it is best suited.

This article explores some of the best types of pendant lighting, their pros and cons, and which is best suited for various areas in the home to boost your décor style and enhance your space. Let’s dive right into it.

Types of pendant lighting

In simple terms, a pendant light comes in different styles and variations, each with its own unique characteristics that can affect the interior of a home. Understanding this list of some of the best types will help you decide which will work for your home.

1. Lantern Pendant

lantern pendant

Lantern pendants are pendants that feature a lantern-style cover or shade around the bulb. They are found in many materials, ranging from glass, wood, and metal, giving you wide options to match the home style. Lantern pendants are best for entryways and hallways, although they work well in kitchens.


  • Does not consume a lot of space
  • Many designs and materials are available to match various home style
  • Makes the room look glamorous


  • Installation is a very tricky task, it requires a professional touch
  • Repair or replacement of bulbs can cost a lot
  • The initial cost of purchase can also be high

2. Linear pendant lights

Linear pendant lights

The Linear pendant lighting features one long tube bulb on a long singular canopy or overhang. They usually come in either metal or wooden frames featuring a variety of shade styles.

You mostly find this type of pendant lighting above kitchen islands, over long countertops, or on dining tables.


  • Energy efficient
  • Long lifespan
  • Cost-effective
  • Environmentally friendly


  • Areas in which they can be used are limited due to their size
  • Costly purchase

3. Drum Pendant

Drum pendant

Drum-style pendants are named for their shades which are designed in the shape of a drum, hence the name. This type of pendant is often made of a fabric material and can be used in various rooms. Especially large rooms (like the dining room, living room, or the master bedroom) because they make a statement.


  • They are capable of illuminating an entire room, even-aged ones
  • The shade used diffuses light, creating a soft ambient glow all around
  • Very decorative


  • Not a huge variety in design, as they must all have a drum shape

4. Globe Pendant

Globe Pendant

The globe pendant goes by other names as well, orb pendant or sphere pendant, and it is characterized by its uniquely round shape. This type of pendant is great if you wish to distribute light evenly in a space and still achieve a classic look. It is best suited in the bathroom and above the kitchen islands.


  • Various designs to choose from
  • The distribution of light is even
  • Aesthetically appealing


  • Costly
  • Difficult to clean
  • Repair can be costly

5. Multi-light pendant


The multi-light pendant is very similar to the Linear pendant lighting in terms of functionality, they both spread light across the length of their form. It features an arrangement of numerous lights and is best suited for dining rooms, over kitchen islands, and as a centerpiece of attention in living rooms.


  • Aesthetically commanding
  • Very sleek and classic
  • Different styles and designs to choose from
  • Can illuminate large rooms efficiently


  • Costly to purchase
  • You may spend a little bit more on the electricity bill in the long run
  • Cleaning can be difficult

6. Exposed bulb pendant

Exposed bulb

The exposed bulb pendant, also referred to as cord pendant, offers a minimalistic style but is slowly becoming a popular option among homeowners. This type of pendant provides plenty of light because there is no cover or shade covering the bulb. Exposed bulb pendants can be used just about anywhere in the home but are mostly used over dining tables.


  • Perfect for showing off the designer bulb
  • Less expensive
  • Combines both subtlety and splendor


  • Prone to damage
  • Cleaning and maintenance are difficult


What type of pendant light gives off the most light?

In terms of functionality, you may find out that the Drum and Exposed bulb pendant gives off the most light.

What is the best material for pendant lights?

Generally, metal is considered as one of the best materials for pendant lights. This is because it is sturdy and matches just about any home style. Plastic is also another top-notch alternative as it tends to be less expensive.

Is pendant lighting better than ceiling lighting?

They both are a very important element in the home, but many homeowners prefer pendant lighting because it takes up less space and is relatively easier to install.

Where should a pendant light be placed in a bedroom?

Usually, the best place is the ceiling above where you lie.

Which type of pendant light is cheaper?

In terms of price, the Globe and the Exposed bulb pendant are less pricier options.

Wrapping things up – Types of pendant lighting

Well, as you can see there are many types of pendent lighting for homeowners to choose from. Each comes with its own distinct traits, style, advantages, and disadvantages. That said, it is still understandable if you are unable to decide which one you want in your home or in specific areas.

A good way to start is to determine the shape and size of the room and which pendant will be able to illuminate a room of that size. Afterward, consider the room decor and the pendent design to match this room style. Lastly consider the price, cost of installation, and maintenance.

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