DECORATIVE PENDANTS: BEYOND the breakfast bar

Pendants came into their own with the advent of the open kitchen, but today these decorative and extremely practical fixtures can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of just about any room in the home. As Houzz contributor Lisa Frederick puts it, “Not only do they channel task lighting when it’s needed, but they also offer a prime opportunity to put a decorative flourish on a space.” Indeed, the entire design of a space can be defined by a single pendant.

Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

There's no question that a trio of thoughtfully chosen pendants can beautifully enhance a kitchen breakfast bar. But pendants can also provide a welcome element of surprise in a variety of applications well beyond this standard installation. Consider a few of the following ideas...

In kitchens with large center islands, consider opting for a cascade of pendants at various heights instead of a traditional chandelier. This creative approach can fill the volume of space above the island and provide plenty of decorative task lighting without adding extra visual weight.

Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

Add an unexpected twist to a bath or powder room space by substituting pendants for sconces on either side of the mirror. A decorative pendant can also add spectacular drama directly above a sink or tub, as long as local building codes allow it.

Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

Bring contemporary flair to a stairway or entryway with an oversized geometric pendant. A staggered trio of spheres, cylinders, or any type of polyhedron in an interesting material or design can transform a large empty space. Or group several pendants under a single canopy for a dramatic look in an open multi-story staircase.           

Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

Trade out table lamps or sconces for pendants next to the bed. A thoughtful pendant design can provide both ambient and task lighting as well as an intriguing focal point in the bedroom.

Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

Hang on either side of the front door or above garage bays. Or use multiples to brighten a covered patio or outdoor living space. Damp-rated pendants can offer a pleasing alternative to outdoor sconces or chandeliers.

Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Both our Hammerton and Hammerton Studio brands offer pendants in a variety of materials, styles and sizes, and most can be customized to accommodate unique requirements. 

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REMODELING? FIVE LIGHTING-RELATED PITFALLS TO AVOID

Are you including new decorative light fixtures in your remodeling project? If so, read on to avoid some common (and often very expensive) oversights.

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Remodeling projects pose unique challenges for lighting. Since remodels typically have to accommodate constraints imposed by the existing structure and/or electrical system, these limitations must be taken into account. Below we’ve suggested five lighting topics to cover with your remodeling contractor.

1.    Fixture weight limitations. Most lights mount directly to a j-box, but heavier fixtures  may be required to mount to the building structure in order to meet UL and local codes. This will require your contractor to install additional blocking so that the fixture can be installed correctly. Generally, chandeliers and ceiling lights over 50 lbs and wall sconces over 25 lbs fall into this category. .

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2.    Fixture size or height limitations. There’s nothing worse than discovering that your beautiful new great room chandelier can’t fit through any of your existing doorways, or that the bottom of your new powder room ceiling light gets knocked every time a door opens. Unfortunately, these problems occur all too often. Your contractor can provide all the measurements needed to avoid these problems, and Hammerton fixtures can be customized to accommodate them.

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3.    Electrical loads and line voltage. If you’re remodeling an older home, make sure you understand the constraints of your current electrical system. If other consumers of power are sharing a line, then your new entry chandelier or that row of new pendants down the main hallway may require a dedicated power source.

Also, make sure the line voltage in your home can handle your desired lamping. Homes with fluctuating voltage or voltage higher than 115 will typically require commercial grade incandescent bulbs or xenon bulbs.

Installing new LED lighting?  These require drivers for power and dimming. Drivers are typically housed in either the canopy or the j-box. Check with your electrician to make sure they can be accommodated. 

If a lighting control system is part of your remodeling plan, make sure your fixtures work with the system.

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4.    Mounting Surfaces. For both interior and exterior lights, it’s always smart to consider the mounting surface. Slope and beam mounted ceiling lights almost always require special canopy and j-box configurations (yes, you need a j-box in that beam!). For wall sconces, always give some thought to the surface you are mounting to. Whether it’s an existing tile backsplash in the master bath or exterior stone siding on your entry façade, the type, thickness and contour of a surface can impact both the ease of installation and the look of the fixture. Usually just a slight modification to the mounting plate or hardware will provide for easier installation and the best look possible.

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5.    Smart Lighting Planning. Since lights are often the last features to be installed during a remodel, the tendency is to leave lighting-related decisions until the last minute. This common mistake can be both time-consuming and costly. By developing your overall lighting plan and specifying your decorative fixtures early in the planning process, you’ll be more likely to avoid these pitfalls and the associated last-minute compromises.

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Part of the service we provide at Hammerton is helping our clients avoid these type of oversights during the lighting specification process. We provide detailed specification  drawings including dimension, weight, mounting and light lift requirements. Together, our designers, engineers and service teams work with each client to ensure a smooth and successful installation.

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