Low-Voltage Lighting Ideas: Pendant Lighting for Your Home
The following guest post was written by Marcy Tate from Networx, Your Home Improvement Network. Marcy works with Electricians Networx learning ways to educate homeowners about low-voltage lighting options.
Pendant lighting in a contemporary kitchen
Low-voltage lighting is a fantastic choice for those who want to reduce their electric bill and add beautiful, dramatic lighting to their home. Most low-voltage lighting systems use a transformer to reduce the needed electrical current. This application is used for linear lighting and under-the-cabinet lighting systems. Other low-voltage fixtures, like pendant fixtures, don’t always need a transformer and incorporate the use of energy-saving CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. CFL bulbs emit 25% less heat than incandescent bulbs, and they also last longer. Additionally, many low-voltage fixtures are better quality fixtures. Low-voltage lighting fixtures, and the bulbs that are used with them, provide a higher quality light. From pendant fixtures, linear and disc lighting to miniature recessed fixtures, the options are vast and can end up saving you money.
Pendants in a dining room
Pendant lighting in a bathroom
Pendant Lighting Fixtures
Pendant lights are extremely versatile. Pendant lights and mini pendant lights are used in just about every room in a home, from kitchens, bathrooms and dining rooms to family rooms and basements. I had just had my basement cleaned by basement cleanup in Chicago and the pendant lighting installed recently just made the place glow. Many pendant lights can use energy-efficient halogen light bulbs. Halogen bulbs can last for about 10,000 hours. Here are some ideas for your home:
Clear and White Pendant Fixtures:
Clear and white pendant lights can complement any room décor.
CRYSTALA GRANDE 1-Light Pendant Lighting Kit
VERONICA White 1-Light Pendant Lighting Kit
Sheer Glass Shade
Color Pendant Fixtures:
ByzAnTina Red & Gold (1-Light Pendant Kit)
Americano II Black & Red 1-Light Pendant Lighting Kit
Truffle Low Voltage Xenon Pendant Lights
Trista Low Voltage Halogen Pendant Lights
Color Glass Tube Cylinder Pendant
Available at Shades of Light
Antiqued Mirror Hex Lantern
Available at Shades of Light
Additional resources to help you create an efficiently lit home:
- Energy Star – Lighting section explains everything you need to know about how to efficiently light your home.
- Understanding Low-Voltage Lighting and Wiring at Electricians Networks
- Nightscaping– Information about low-voltage outdoor lighting.
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Love these lighting ideas, Jami!
Such a pretty and easy way to transform a room- I love the dining room pendants!
Those are some gorgeous pendants!!!
Hello Love! What a great post, I love the dramatic effect and the fact that they use less heat! I hope you had a great weekend, happy Monday. 🙂
Great for the environment and gorgeous for the home, great ideas Jami!!
The fixture in that bathroom is incredible!
Thanks Marcy! This was such an informative post. I learned a lot and really appreciate your help!
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Thank YOU Jami 🙂