Pendant Lighting vs. Chandeliers

If you are considering new lighting in the kitchen, dining room or just about any room in your home, pendant lighting should be on your list. Chandelier lighting is lovely also and it might help to compare the two types to find the best fit for you.

Either way you decide to go, replacing the lighting in your home will make a pleasing aesthetic difference as well as increase the general value of your home. The change can be dramatic depending on how many new lights you install and the locations you choose.

What is Pendant Lighting?

Pendant lighting has been around for a very long time but has recently taken on new life as its use is being renewed. Basically pendant lighting is the type of lighting that is hung suspended from the ceiling.

What is Chandelier Lighting?

Chandelier lighting has also been around for a very long time; in fact so long that they used to be used with candles, before electricity was even invented. Chandeliers have lost some popularity due to the focus on more modern looks. Chandelier lighting also hangs from the ceiling. 

Difference 1 – Suspension System

The main difference between pendant and chandelier lighting is how it is hung from the ceiling. Pendant lights hang from one cord or chain system with usually just one, or maybe a pair of lights, on the end. Chandelier lights hang in a branched system, utilized for hanging many lights; historically candles and now light bulbs.

Difference 2 – Materials

There is some overlap in the types of materials that pendant lighting and chandeliers are made of but there are some differences to be aware of also.

Pendant lighting comes in a variety of materials such as:

  • Brushed Steel
  • Blown Glass (very popular)
  • Stained Glass
  • Nickel
  • Bronze
  • Lamp Shades
  • Tiffany Glass

The materials that are typical of chandeliers are not as wide in range. In fact, the most common chandelier materials are wrought iron, steel, bronze and crystal or glass. Chandeliers tend to be heavier in weight than pendant lights.

Difference 3 – Different Styles

Both chandelier and pendant lighting have numerous styles to choose from. Some of the more common types of pendants are the mini, blown glass and single lamp shade. Pendant lighting is more versatile and because of that fits into every room of the house. Chandeliers are more limited to the dining and kitchen areas of the home.

Pendant lighting is more simplistic yet modern and can be ornate and artistic as well. Chandelier lighting is fancier and definitely more ornate. They were seen a lot in formal dining rooms of yore.

Difference 4 – Variance in Price

Pendant lighting is more affordable because the styles and designs are so versatile and varied with so many materials to choose from. Chandeliers are more expensive because they tend to be larger and contain more expensive materials.

Be sure to do comparison shopping and view a large variety of design and style before making a final decision for your home.