High ceilings in properties often look disproportionate to their surrounding environment if there aren’t any decorations or functional pieces that can introduce a balance. One of the ways that can add proportion to these places is by installing high-ceiling pendant lights.
By its name, this pendant range is designed for areas with abundant free vertical space, such as stairways, ballrooms, and commercial halls. They’re characterised by either their long suspension length that can occupy most of the empty vertical clearance or their massive structure that can grab one’s attention at a glance. Most of these fixtures are statement lights - centrepieces that instantly captivate viewers or important decorative lighting that can enhance the overall atmosphere of important occasions and gatherings.
Zest Lighting welcomes you to browse our collection of pendant lights for high ceiling applications. Each pendant in this range faithfully captures the essence of the style and aesthetics poured by artisans and designers to create wonderful lighting pieces that are both functional and beautiful. Browse our collection and see if there is a pendant light that can join and blend the appeal and charm of your spaces.
It’s easy to identify which pendant lights are applicable for high ceilings. For reference, below are some of the common features that most high ceiling pendant lights have:
Lengthy suspensions: Frequently, high ceiling pendant lights don’t have massive shades, nor do they have broad bodies and multiple lights. What makes these pendants suitable for high ceiling applications is their elongated component that connects the pendant’s light bulb or shade to the canopy. This part can be a wire cable, a collection of rods, or even some stretchy strings. These slim, connecting items produce an illusion of “tallness” suitable for decorating empty vertical spaces.
A “large” impression: High ceiling pendant lights would always have the illusion that they look “big enough”. It doesn’t matter if they have small shades, thin metal cables for suspension, or broad cross sections. What matters is that they seem to occupy a substantial amount of area that makes the space look less barren. Ceiling lights that classify under this category include cluster pendants, dangling pendants, multi-armed pendants, and feature pendants.
Components and circuits that need less maintenance: Typically, pendant lights for high ceiling applications don’t require much maintenance and cleaning. You can be assured of these lights' quality, durability, and safety degree because they are made for hassle-free care. Most of these lights don’t require you to install a mechanism to bring the pendant light down near the floor area for some cleaning or for someone to need to climb a ladder and finish the upkeep far from the ground. The usage of LED bulbs for its lighting operation and having electrical protection of class II (double insulated) are some of the measures included in manufacturing high ceiling pendants.
Guidelines for Choosing and Installing Your Ideal High Ceiling Pendant
If you search online, you’ll find many articles on effectively selecting the pendant light that matches your preferences. We’ve compiled some of those suggestions with our recommended considerations for pendant light installation.
Narrow down your options according to your limitations: You can find many pendant lights applicable for high ceiling areas, so many that you’ll only lose time if you browse them one by one. A wise approach is to list all your constraints for choosing a pendant light and use the filter features to reduce your selection area. A few common conditions customers use to limit their sampling scope are the room’s current state (style, colour scheme, overall size, ambience, available space, amount of natural light, etc.) and budget limitations.
Scan and review the installation area: As mentioned in the previous point, one of the possible limitations you can use to decrease your options is related to the elements of the area where the pendant is to be installed. These “elements” can refer to the inherent design of the room itself - shape, ceiling type, size, colour, etc. - or the factors that are influenced by the room’s decors and furniture. This consideration is often mentioned in online blog posts. Like them, we recommend that you factor this into your preferences but tailor this point according to your situation.
Take numerical suggestions with a grain of salt: Many compositions online present “special numbers” that you can follow for your use. For example, some may say that the ideal suspension length of a high ceiling pendant light is so-and-so meters, a number they’ve acquired due to their calculations. Their answer might work for you if you verify that the variables they used to finalise this answer, such as the floor-to-ceiling height, are precisely the same as yours. However, note that areas with high ceilings can have a vertical drop that spans from nine feet to 20 feet or more. In this case, the ideal suspension length of a high ceiling pendant light to be installed in a 9-feet tall room would be different for a hanging light to be installed in an area with an 18-feet vertical clearance. If you can’t verify which ceiling height they used, then there’s a high chance that their measurements might not be for you. Hence, just like the previous point, alter the recommendations you receive according to your circumstances.
Follow the rule of thirds: Spaces with high ceilings depicting a cold and empty ambience is a common occurrence. Hence, for these spaces, pendant lights aren’t enough. One must always pair these hanging lights with floor lights and wall lights for complete and balanced layering of light. You can use downlights, recessed lights, strip lights, and close-to-ceiling lights to populate the area nearest to the ceiling. High ceiling pendant lights, cluster pendants, chandeliers, wall lights, and other statement lighting pieces can dominate the mid-tier area or the empty space between the floor and the ceiling. Lastly, use floor lamps and table lamps for task and countertop lighting. If it’s a hassle for you to choose each piece that completes this light layering, choose a light that is part of a designer lighting family. In that way, you just need to purchase the complete set - lamps, wall lights, pendants, and downlights - and install it in your room without any worries.
Hanging Height: This was already mentioned as an example in a previous bullet, but it is necessary to emphasise its importance, so we’ve added a separate point for it. Perhaps many areas in your home have high ceilings. In that case, the guidelines for your high ceiling pendant light’s hanging height vary for every location. For example, if you intend to install a pendant light in your entryway or hallway with an extraordinarily high ceiling, ensure that at least seven feet of empty vertical clearance between the lowest part of your pendant light and the floor remain as the place is heavy in foot traffic. For high-ceiling dining or kitchen islands, leave enough space between the countertop and your pendant’s lowest point to prevent any obstruction to a person’s perspective. Many online commentaries suggest at least a three-foot clearance but judge the most appropriate gap based on your conditions.
Browse Zest Lighting’s collection of high ceiling pendant lights for your bare yet unique spaces. Our range is meticulously handpicked by our team of designer lighting enthusiasts who aim to introduce a premium-quality selection that spans different styles from different eras.
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