Pendant Lights / April 24, 2018 / Virgie Gallagher
When deciding where and how to use pendant lighting, first consider the function they should serve. You can use them individually, pair them or use several in a row. A single pendant is great over a small table, such as a dinette or bistro table in the kitchen. For longer areas, you can run multiple pendants while pendants for a kitchen counter can be mounted wherever additional lighting is needed, such as over the sink, a prep area, island or stove. If you're placing pendants above a workspace or table, they should ideally be mounted 30\" to 36\" above the surface. This allows you to get maximum lighting without the pendant fixture getting in the way. If you simply don't have the space to put them up this high, you may want to go with accent, track or recessed lighting options instead.
Why so? To understand this, come out of the box and think outside the decor factor. What do you expect a light to do? You expect it to brighten up the place where it has been installed. If the light has been installed in your patio, you expect it to light up the entire patio, although perhaps not too brightly. If you fix the pendant light in your hall or at your main entrance, you again expect the light to illuminate the entire area with a reasonable brightness.