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8 Tips for Choosing The Right Tom Dixon Pendant

by DAnny Robertson

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Tom Dixon pendant lights are among the most beautiful on the market today. They'are as much pieces of art as they are functional light fixtures, so choosing the right one for your space can add a bold statement to to your space and shape light in an extraordinary way.

A pendant light is a type of light fixture that hangs from the ceiling. It is suspended by a cord or chain, and is usually hardwired into the ceiling, but sometimes has an electrical socket to plug in the cord. They are typically used to provide general lighting for an area, but can sometimes be used to provide task lighting as well.

Tom Dixon's well-deserved reputation for ground-breaking lighting designs isn't confined to large-scale projects; you can enjoy their high-end products in your own home, including his stunning pendant light collection.

Only the best materials and most effective procedures are used to create each piece, and this makes all the difference.

Let’s look at 8 tips for choosing the right pendant light, and how you can do it with Tom Dixon’s collection. If you'd like to learn more about the Tom Dixon brand, head on over to the Tom Dixon Buyer's Guide.

1 - Light Up With an LED Light

LED lighting has come a long way in such a short time and has become the prefered bulb choice for many homeowners and designers due to its low energy consumption. They're also very durable and offer just as good, if not better lighting quality than other kinds of lighting. 

tom dixon melt pendant trio

Tom Dixon Melt Trio pendant system is a beautiful pendant that reminds one of molten glass. They work best in a system, or cluster and are perfect for modern or contemporary living rooms and dining rooms. They have a modern look that makes them stand out from other types of pendant lights, and like most Tom Dixon products, they offer a bold statement to any space.

2 - Choose Quality Lighting That Will Increase Your Home's Value

tom dixon void pendant cluster

Choosing high quality and beautiful pendant lights like the Tom Dixon Void Pendant can do much more than just make your space beautiful. The right modern pendant lights are an attractive and practical way to improve the curb appeal and value of your home.

Choose pendant lights that are made of high-quality colorful materials such as glass, wood, metal, and high quality plastic.

Pendant lights with luxurious materials such as gleaming copper, industrial brass, and shiny chrome, can, for example, create a modern lighting design in your living room and add appeal and value to your home.

3 - Know About the Different Types of Pendant Lights

It's critical to understand the many types of pendant lights in order to determine the ideal placement or position for a given design.

The following are a few of the many types of pendant lights:

1 - Multi- Arm Pendants, or Chandeliers 

Tom Dixon Top Silver Mega Pendant System

These pendant lights have a chandelier-like appearance. Pendants like the Tom Dixon Silver Mega Pendant System are ideal for hanging over rectangular or round tables.

2 - Liner Shaped Pendants

Linear pendant lamps, which usually have a thin and lengthy appearance, are very popular for their aesthetic look and the amount of light they provide.

3 - Pendant Lights With Shades

To create a dramatic impression in your dining room or living room, arrange shade type pendant lights together.

4 - Take into account the room's location as well as the ceiling height

The height of the ceiling is one of the most important factors to consider when installing a pendant light.

If you want to place pendant lights in an open location, make sure there is at least a 2.1-meter clearance so that your family and visitors can easily stroll below them.

The clearance of your pendant lights or any other lighting fixture relates to how low they may hang from the ceiling.

5 - Different Rooms Need Different Clearance for Your Pendants

A few tips on room clearance for hanging pendant lights:

  • The needed clearance is heavily dependent on the fixture's location, the intended space coverage the light can reach, and the fixture's height or hanging length, which is just as significant as its size.

  • Keep a 7-foot clearance between the pendant lights and the floor in bedrooms, open foyers, and living rooms.

  • A low-profile flush-mount can provide the room's overall lighting requirements and provide clearance for an 8-foot ceiling.

  • Hang pendant lights at least 6 feet higher above the door in a hallway or open foyer.

6 - Consider the Table's Shape and Size when Choosing a Dining Room Pendant

With oval or long rectangular tables, a multi-light pendant light or linear lights by Tom Dixon work nicely.

tom dixon etch pendant

For a grander aesthetic, a chandelier or a Tom Dixon single pendant like the Tom Dixon Etch Pendant light hung alone, or clustered in a group should be positioned in the center of round of square tables.

For a more dramatic impact, a spherical canopy with multi-light pendant lights is more appealing.

    When installing pendant lights, bear the following points in mind in relation to the shape and size of the table:

    • Consider stringing pendant lights (smaller ones) together over the table to make a statement if you wish to use many pendant lights. The Tom Dixon Beat Pendant Lights are perfect for this. 

    • When installing a lighting fixture above a table, make sure the length or breadth is at least one foot less than the table's length, or 6 inches smaller on each side.

    • Between the tabletop and the bottom of the pendant light, a clearance of 28 to 26 inches is recommended.

    tom dixon beat pendant lights

    7 - Size Matters

    Choosing the right size pendant light for your modern decor is a task that takes some planning. It’s not as simple as finding a light that will fit in with your décor because all lamps are not created equally. The right lamp will make all the difference between a space that feels cozy and inviting, or one that feels cold and clinical.

    tom dixon wide copper pendant

    Pendent lights come in different shapes and sizes, but it is important to consider what you want from your lighting before you make a purchase. One of Tom Dixon’s small hanging lights may be best suited to smaller spaces, whereas a Tom Dixon Wide Copper Pendant would be better for larger rooms such as living rooms or bedrooms (pictured above).

    8 - Mirrored Pendants Create a Sophisticated, Modern Look

    tom dixon mirror ball pendant

    A mirror ball round pendant from Tom Dixon is a great way to add some fun, modern decor to your home. They come in two different finishes - chrome or gold.

    The chrome finish looks sleek and modern, while the gold finish adds a touch of warmth and elegance to any space.


    What are the Advantages of Using Pendant Lights at Home?

    Pendant lights are an excellent way to add light to a room. They are very versatile and can be used in any space, from living rooms to kitchens. They can be used to replace traditional table lamps, or installed over the kitchen island for more illumination while cooking.

    They come in many different styles and shapes - like spheres, cylinders, cones and ovals - so there is one for every décor preference.

    How do I get the size of a ceiling pendant correct in relation to the rest of the room?

    To find the diameter of a light fixture that is appropriate for your room, use the following formula as a basic rule of thumb:

    • In feet, measure the length and breadth of the room - 10 feet by 12 feet, for example.

    • Add the two lengths together to obtain the total.

    • Substitute feet for inches (so 20 feet becomes 20 inches)

    • In this room, this is the optimal diameter for a pendant light fixture.

      How long should a pendant light hang over a kitchen island?

      Kitchen pendant lights are great for adding a little bit of light to a kitchen work area or island. They can be used in the kitchen, dining room, living room, or even over a desk. They are typically hung from the ceiling and provide general light in an area instead of targeted lighting.

      Pendant lights should be hung 30 to 36 inches above kitchen islands. This ensures that they don't cast too much shadow on the surface below them and also provides just enough light to illuminate the surface without being too bright.

      What size pendants should you hang over your kitchen island?

      Over a kitchen island, pendant lights should be spaced 30 inches apart or twice the width of each pendant light.

      For example - you should leave 24 inches between the lights if your pendant is 12 inches broad.

      See here for our full Tom Dixon pendent collection and get ready to add a look of luxury to your home.

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