So, you’re redesigning your interior spaces, and the topic of lighting comes up. You want to go with a more contemporary look and are intrigued by the idea of pendant light. But that light alternative would be right for you – pendants or even miniature pendants?
That’s a fantastic question and one with no easy answer. That’s since there are no actual criteria regarding what is and what’s ‘t a miniature pendant. Allpendant lights are made to shine light onto a specific area. Consider these as spotlights in a theater. They can be utilized as your primary lighting for a space or they may be utilized as supplemental light to create drama, add more light to a specific area, like a kitchen countertop, or create focal points in the room, like adding pendants within a buffet in the dining area or above your desk in your home office.
If there is a general rule of thumb about what constitutes miniature pendant lighting, it’s that they’re generally less than 12″ in dimension. Three to four miniature pendant lights throw about as much light as two regular pendants which have two bulbs each. The beauty of minis, however, is that you can use a lot of them within a larger area, creating innovative lighting solutions for a space that make it stand out. If you want to conserve energy, there is an extensive choice of low voltage miniature pendant lights to choose from.
While looking for and picking mini pendant lighting, you want to consider a couple of things. To begin with, you want to consider the way the light is cast downward and in different directions. In some cases, you may have to have additional lighting in the room, like recessed cans or even a central chandelier. If your lighting doesn’t have a lens, you may realize that warmth is a problem, particularly with miniature pendant lights which utilize higher intensity bulbs.
Speaking of bulbs, miniature pendants are available with incandescent, halogen, and energy-saving compact fluorescent lighting. Using a dimmer can help you get the most from whichever bulb you choose.
Installing dimmers is easy, and you can do it yourself without needing to call in an electrician if you’re just replacing an existing light. You want to begin by shutting off the power to the space on the circuit box. Ideally, you want to use a circuit tester to make sure the electricity is off into the light before touching the wiring. Assuming the energy is off, begin by eliminating the old fixture. If you’re replacing a ceiling fan with a pendant, eliminate the blades first. It makes the process much simpler.
Remove the plastic wire nuts in the wires, disconnect the wires, then remove the mounting bracket. Replace the mount together with all the new bracket that came with the light. Once the mount is set up, it’s time to attach the wires. Follow the diagram that came with the light. Typically, white goes into white, black to black and floor to the ground, but every home, especially elderly ones, may be somewhat different. The ground wire connects to the ground screw on the mount. Before you slide the brand new mini pendant lights onto the mounting bracket, then add fresh wire caps into the connections.
That’s all there is to it. If you’re adding fresh junction boxes where none existed before and haven’t done before, you may choose to call in a reliable friend or a professional electrician to assist you as you’ll have to figure out the wiring in your house and how to run the wires into the location of the new fixture.