Asked on Nov 22, 2013

What kind of light do you suggest?

Painted Therapy
by Painted Therapy
Our dining table is shoved to the corner of our small kitchen. The only lighting is in the center, which isn't enough light for the dining table. I would LOVE some slightly industrial, Edison-style pendant. My husband doesn't think it would work. I also fear the pendant lights will get hit with projectiles thrown by youngsters from the living room. Recessed lighting might seem like the answer, but I think with the light so high, it would project shadows as well. Plus they are kind of boring. Would love some thoughts as I have the electrician coming out next week. )
q what kind of light do you suggest, home decor, home maintenance repairs, lighting
q what kind of light do you suggest, home decor, home maintenance repairs, lighting, kind of loving this kind of pendant light
kind of loving this kind of pendant light
  22 answers
  • Jeannie Scott Jeannie Scott on Nov 24, 2013
    Chandelier!!!! They are beautiful in almost any room...have even seen them in a laundry room....I also read that they should be hung with the bottom of the light 30" from the table.....all this info came from Hometalk!!

  • Nick Verzino Nick Verzino on Nov 24, 2013
    some track lighting on the wall next to the vent...pendant is nice but the fan defines the space differently..

  • Melanie Melanie on Nov 24, 2013
    I think a small table lamp on your table for when you need task lighting then you can remove it for dinner if Theresa not

  • Melanie Melanie on Nov 24, 2013
    There's not enough room! Is what I was trying to type!!

  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 24, 2013
    I LOVE that pendant light. What about placing it so that it is on a swag, the chain of which would be running along the corner; it could then be swagged to center over the table, and then it will be out of the way and over your table. I think the look of this pendant works beautifully with your room, and also feel the "swag" look with it will only enhance your room....

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Nov 24, 2013
    A pendant light that would look good from through the next room ... like the one you posted!

  • Painted Therapy Painted Therapy on Nov 24, 2013
    Ohhhhhhh . . . love the idea Kathy! Thanks so much!

    • Kathy Kathy on Nov 25, 2013
      @Painted Therapy ,Personally, I do not like the idea of down lights or track lighting in a kitchen; but you could always change the color of your fixture to a white (see post by Patrick below) to blend in with the kitchen instead of contrasting it as with the fixture you posted above. You could also paint the chain in a light color, too. Good luck, and be sure to post photos of your finished product, :)!

  • Linda Weeks Linda Weeks on Nov 24, 2013
    I have a similar issue in my kitchen, and I also love that pendant light - provided that the scale of it isn't overwhelming the space; wish I could swap lights around to see what works best for us too!

  • DeMarie I DeMarie I on Nov 24, 2013
    I love the pendant light you have considered. Question: Do you absolutely NEED the fan light in the kitchen. If you don't need the fan for dispersing heat, you might consider changing that fixture to new track lighting that would work with the pendant. They make S curved track that would tie in with the pendant and you can adjust the lights to spot where you need them.

  • Peg Peg on Nov 24, 2013
    I agree with Kathy above. A swag would look nice and you can adjust the height too!

  • MaryAnn A MaryAnn A on Nov 24, 2013
    I like the pendant too. If you hand it just above the table. . . I think the measurement is supposed to be 18", but you can double check that. . . it wouldn't be in conflict with the ceiling fan in the kitchen area.

  • MaryAnn A MaryAnn A on Nov 24, 2013
    I hate having so much "stuff" on/in the ceiling. . . mine is like that too. If money and/or the work are not an issue I would remove the lite from the fan and perhaps use some small pot lights focused on the work areas.

  • Pati Clark Pati Clark on Nov 24, 2013
    I love this light!!! Where did you find it???

  • Welch Creative Lighting Welch Creative Lighting on Nov 24, 2013
    i would ansolutely recommend changing out the fan/light to directional track lighting and then use a pendant over the table or another two-head track light over there.

  • Jane Jane on Nov 24, 2013
    You have a lot going on visually with your ceiling as is let alone adding another fixture so close to the existing fan and vent...don't you hate that? I absolutely LOVE the pendant light but those two other fixtures (especially the fan/light) are so-o big and overpowering that they will definitely overpower the pendant. I can't see the whole layout and size of your kitchen so this may not work but #1) if you don't need the big fan for light or circulation, get rid of it OR #2) if you still need the big fan for circulation and it's feasible to do, you might try to relocate just the fan further down toward the far end of the room (where I assume the photographer was standing) so that it isn't so visually close to the pendant and exhaust. Once the fan is relocated or removed completely, go back to its original location and install a smaller, flatter, non-pendant type light fixture. DeMarie had a good lighting suggestion but if you prefer something other than canned or track lighting there are certainly lots of options. Try to find something in style, size and color that will not scream 'look at me' and visually detract from the beautiful pendant fixture but will still give you the light source you need over the right side of room. Then get your pendant! Good luck.

    • Painted Therapy Painted Therapy on Nov 24, 2013
      @Jane Thanks so much for your great reply Jane. Small kitchen -- pretty much the whole kitchen was in that shot. My husband would veto getting rid of the fan. Ugh. Well, I've taken the plunge and purchased TWO of the pendants (can always return them, right?). I'm thinking it will work .. . . . I will post pics when it's finished. :)

  • hello @Painted Therapy , We would like to suggest use a white color light such the images shown below.

  • Raya Deych Raya Deych on Nov 24, 2013
    May we suggest an additional light or move existing light as shown in the attached pictures with Decorative Plastic Ceiling Tiles in Use,

  • Loribeth Loribeth on Nov 24, 2013
    What is it about ceiling fans and oak cabinets that husbands are so opposed to changing in kitchens????? If hubby absolutely will not let you get rid of the ceiling fan, then change it out for a ceiling fan that is more industrial looking to go with the pendant lights you love. The white ceiling fan is just too fussy for the other lighting choice you want for your kitchen. Something similar to the fan below would look great with your pendants.

  • Painted Therapy Painted Therapy on Mar 09, 2014
    We put new ones in! Thank you everyone for your advice. Here is the new link if you want to check them out:

    • Gladys Gladys on Mar 09, 2014
      @Painted Therapy They look beautiful, and you are right, they really tie in well with your other black touches throughout the room. You have black items and white items, so I think it looks terrific! And I don't think anyone had mentioned before that if you needed, you could always paint the blades of the ceiling fan. don't need to! Excellent choice!

  • Gladys Gladys on Mar 09, 2014
    (added as reply above instead)

  • Diane Arnold Diane Arnold on Mar 10, 2014
    Love your lighting choice. You might want to up date the lighting on the fan to match using the same type of bulbs and outdoor wire light covers.You could also paint ant of the metal part to match the light fixture, or change color of blades for a color pop.

  • Bonnie Lewenza Bonnie Lewenza on Mar 11, 2014
    I removed the blades off my ceiling fan as we never turned it on any ways. The blades in my mind were nothing but dust collectors. It actually made a huge difference to the fixture. You could maybe put some recessed lighting up there and it would not be in conflict with the ceiling fan.