Pendant lighting in kitchen
chltgirlOctober 16, 2013
We are adding three pendant lights over our island and we're thinking of adding pendant lights in front of our two windows (with cooktop and vent in between). But I am having second thoughts about the pendant lights in front of the windows. Will it be too much? I looked through photos on this website and most kitchens with an island and windows just had pendants over the island. Any help will be appreciated.
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dclostboy
If you need task lighting at or near the windows, use recessed there. More pendents too much.
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0825sam
I prefer recessed lights in front of windows as I find pendants feel like an obstruction. If it suits the style of your kitchen I've also seen flushmounts like school house lights used in front of windows so they don't obstruct the view.
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Dytecture
Agreed, recessed lights provide a cleaner look.
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Vered Rosen Design
Yes, your gut feeling is right! You need to pick one area for pendant lights. Either your island or in front of the windows . Otherwise, you run the risk of creating a " lighting store" look. As for the windows area, recessed lights would be best. Attentively , you can add ceiling flush mounts in front of the windows, but make sure they match the pendants, style wise. Another note on pendants in front of the window- if your views are pretty, better not block them.
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Universal Lights Inc.
I suggest you avoid putting mini pendants or really anything hanging in front of the window. It makes the place look/feel cluttered. Like others said, go with recess if you require additional lighting.
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Vered Rosen Design
I'd like to add my thoughts on pendants in front of a window- yay or nay.
1. If the views outside are not pretty, a pendant can distract the eye
2. A glass pendant will not distract from the views during the day when it's not lit.
3. Mount the pendant high enough, above eye level so not to distract from the views
Here a post on the subject you might like to read http://veredrosendesign.blogspot.com/2012/08/kitchen-pendants-that-blend-in-with.html
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Vered Rosen Design
Here an image of a pendant light that works in front of a window
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LBC Lighting
Also consider a surface mount fixture that coordinates with the other pendants. It's decorative, but won't obstruct your sight lines.
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Whispar Design
Which pendants are you installing and are you able to post a photo of the kitchen?
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JandB Kitchen Designs
Hi,
A quick note about our experience: Brigitte and I consistently design between 70-90 kitchens/year (for over 34 years) and have designed thousands of kitchens.....We also design full structural including below-grade foundation plans.....We have 2 Chicagoland locations and a Michigan location which cover the Wisconsin to Indiana borders, N.W. Indiana and S.W. Michigan.....Anyway, without seeing the environment we'd say no pendants in front of the window....Attached are some where we did it but kept them tight to the soffit we'd skinned to match the cabinetry.....Hope this helps a bit.....John & Brigitte
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