What Houzz contributors are saying:
Calculate dimensionsWhen you’re measuring up for your new piece of furniture, it’s important to be as accurate as possible. This is particularly important if it is fitting within a pre-defined space, such as an alcove. Of course, the joiner you hire will take their own accurate measurements, so unless you’re planning a DIY job you shouldn’t need to worry about this too much. However, it’s a good idea to measure at the pre-planning stage to make it easier to obtain estimates and work out your design. Don’t forget to take into account any inherent features in the room, such as sloping ceilings, dado rails, cornicing and skirting boards.
Work out your goalBegin by thinking about the space you plan to hang a pendant light in and what you are trying to achieve with it. ‘Work out whether it’s for providing useful task lighting or an essential level of ambient light,’ says James Poore. He recommends asking these further questions: is the light purely decorative? How big is the space it will hang in? How high is the ceiling? What natural light does the space get? Does the vernacular of the pendant fit in with the rest of the room, and do you want it to blend in or be a statement piece? ‘If it’s providing task lighting, then it will need a downlighting element with a more controlled beam of light,’ says James. ‘If the pendant is providing essential ambient light, over stairs for example, then be sure the light output is sufficient. If it’s purely ambient or decorative, then a diffused or lower light output might be more appropriate. Whatever you need, it’s always a good idea to have some dimming control on the fitting.’