Bell pendant lights are very suitable for task illumination. These lights supply intense, direct light that is best for fine-detailed work, including reading and cooking. As such, they are a common choice for illumination above kitchen islands.
When searching for bell pendant lighting, consider how and where it will be used. It can be installed as kitchen lighting above a counter or bar to brighten each seating space and add an interesting decor details. Measure carefully before hanging your bell-shaped pendant lights so they are placed well above your guests. A general guideline for hanging pendant lights is to allow 30 to 32 inches from surface to light. Adjust yours from there, as needed, to suit your family.
On their own, bell-shaped pendant lights look great. Their stylish elegance is only enhanced when placed in an exquisitely decorated room. Instead of standing out as the area's only point of interest, bell pendant lighting melds seamlessly with the fine furnishings to create a bigger impact.
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The most popular use of bell pendants is in the kitchen, over the kitchen island as task lighting. Typically, bell-shaped pendant light fittings are placed directly above the kitchen island, as row lights.
Determine the number and size of bell pendants you will need
An acceptable guideline is to use the “Rule of Three”. To the human eye, the most balanced configuration appears to be an odd number. Generally, two-three pendants work for best effect, (depending on their size), as four pendants would appear too cluttered or busy. Sometimes intuition can act as the best guide and a hunch can help to be determined by creating a sketch that is roughly to scale to see if your vision can work. Or best to measure your space to ensure you have enough room for the arrangement you have in mind.
Consider the ease or difficulty of installation
Whether you're planning to install the fixture yourself or your electrician will do it for you, it helps to know the ceiling height when choosing a pendant light. You’d want to keep this measurement handy while shopping for your lustrous decor, so you know if you should be looking for pendants with a short drop or if it can be a bit longer. Also think about whether the pendant will be suspended above another surface, like a counter top or a desk, as well as whether or not there are any door swings that you need to consider.
Ideas on Where to Hang Bell Shaped Pendant Lights
Dining Room Lighting: When it comes to lighting the dining room, what you would need to consider are the scene you want to create, the emotion you are looking for, what kind of lighting will complement your personal style, and your home’s existing décor. Hanging multiple bell pendant lights over the dining table is one option you would want to consider - a common configuration is a set of 2 or a series of 3 bell pendants. A bell pendant light that is to scale with the dining room table will light the seating area nicely - play around with the quantity and heights of the pendants to make the sizes perfectly suit your space.
Kitchen Island Lighting: One of the most common lighting designs that is used over a kitchen bench island is the bell shaped pendant light, usually placed in a series of 3 or a set of 2. When hanging these lights, spacing is important and needs to symmetrical - for example, if using 2 big bell pendants, you would need to space them out evenly on either side of the table ensure symmetry. The reason bell light fittings are popular over a kitchen bench is because of both style and functionality - they provide focused and downward lighting with style and without any extra clutter.
Bedroom Lighting: Another popular option for bell pendants is to hang them over a beside table on either side of the bed. A style setting bell shaped pendant light is perfect as a subtle lighting technique, supplying ambient light in the bedroom with style. In a modestly scaled space, make sure to leave at least 7 feet between the bottom of the pendant and the floor.
How to Choose the Best Bell Pendant Lights: Size, Colours, Styles and Installation Options
With so many versatile pendant lighting options, you may have a hard time choosing just one. So how do you choose the best Bell Shaped pendant for your space? You can start by going through the considerations listed below:
Purpose: Bell Pendants are generally used over a bench in a series or row to provide stylish downwards illuminations. They can also be used as bedside lighting as well as in high end lounge room corners.
Size: Know the length of the bench top or square footage of the room as well as the ceiling height (including vaulted and sloped ceilings) to help you make the best choice. Be mindful of all sizing dimensions including width, depth, height of a light fitting you are interested in. Bell pendant shapes range anywhere from 15cm to 60cm. Anything more than 60cm is uncommon and would usually be a custom design, or designer may just transform it to a dome shape to be more practical. For most applications especially kitchen benches, anywhere from 20 and 30cm would suffice. You can play around with the quantity and heights of the fittings to make the sizes perfectly suit your space.
Positioning: Consider the positioning of the pendant light and its effects on style, general lighting of the room as well as symmetry of design. The lower it is, the bigger the fitting will appear. If you think the size of the bell pendant light is too big, then just adjust it to be hung higher to reduce its size via sheer illusion.
Colours: Look for bell shaped pendant lights that will complement your existing colour palette and interiors. Our Bell Pendants come in a variety of colours including but not limited to black, white, grey, brass, gold, natural, and copper.
Brightness: The ideal lumen count for ambient lighting in your typical room, be it dining, kitchen or bedroom – is determined by the space’s square footage. Per 10 square metres, a room needs about 250-400 total lumens. However, please be mindful that Bell Pendant Lights offer direct task focused lighting so lumens can be misleading.
Lighting Function: As said before, Bell Pendant Lights primarily offer direct, focused light and ambient light as a secondary effect.
Installation Height:Consider how height affects style, safety and illumination. Also, consider ease of installation and its maintenance. Adjusting the height of the pendants can really affect the style and lighting of a room. For example, the higher the fitting is off the bench, the more spread out the lighting is (and conversely less directed and focused lighting). Also, adjusting the height so that the fitting is higher off the table can make the pendant light look smaller. and less impeding (the opposite effect happens when you lower its height) Finally, installing and maintaining bell pendants are generally much easier than installing other type of lighting like chandeliers over a staircase or stairwell. Most would be hung 1 metre from ceiling.
Style: Bell Pendant Lights come in a many styles including modern, contemporary and traditional styles. You can easily find something that would suit your space. The bell shape is one of the most common and timeless shape forming modern and traditional lighting designs.
Materials: Bell Pendant Lights are available in a variety of materials and finishes. We have them made in concrete, metal, brass, nickel, wood, timber, cardboard, rattan and many other types of finishes. If you desire a particular material for your bell pendant that you find suitable for your space, then we will have it.
Popular Bell Shaped Pendants
If you are having a difficult time finding a suitable Bell Pendant, we have curated a small range of our most popular Bell Pendant Lights on our advice and inspiration page for you to browse. These fittings are a staple in our designer pendant lighting catalogue, and are universally appealing to suit most functions, styles and applications. The egg pendant lights are especially popular above kitchen benches and come in a variety of colours.
Also, please feel free to browse our full selection of bell pendant lights that are available online at Zest Lighting on this page. There is something for everyone.
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