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Pendants vs. Chandeliers Over a Kitchen Island (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Roger Pontes  |  December 23, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

Pendant Lighting  |  Chandeliers  |  Kitchen Lighting

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Are you trying to choose between a chandelier and pendants above your kitchen island?

First, decorative lighting is more about personal style than real illumination. Your task lighting should be provided by recessed or track lighting, so buy what you like.

Decorative lighting is like jewelry so, find your personal style and go with it. 

Pendants vs. Chandeliers

Pendant lighting vs. Chandeliers over a kitchen island

Consider the style of the kitchen and the size of the kitchen island. Pendants are more ideal but newer kitchens are being made with bigger islands and therefore many people have been using chandeliers.

For larger kitchen islands you may want to do chandeliers and for smaller kitchen islands you may want to do some mini pendants.

In this article, I will show you examples of both for your consideration.

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Chandeliers

My personal preference is a chandelier over a smaller square island.


For a larger island, you can do two chandeliers.

You can also opt for one stand out chandelier to make a bold statement in your kitchen.

Popular Chandeliers

There are a multitude of options when it comes to chandeliers, here are some of our favorites that will work well over an island.

Visual Comfort's Mini Lantern Chandelier

CHC2175AI - $360

Visual Comfort's Mini Lantern Chandelier CHC2175AI

  • (3) 60w light bulbs
  • Available in different finishes as well as different sizes

 

Crystorama Solaris 6 Light Chandelier

9226-OS - $398

Crystorama Solaris 6 Light Chandelier 9226-OS

  • (6) 60w light bulbs
  • Available in English Bronze, Old Silver, and White finishes
  • Available in different sizes

 

Visual Comfort Chapman Square Tube 6 Light Chandelier

SL5820PN - $798

Visual Comfort Chapman Square Tube 6 Light Chandelier SL5820PN

  • (6) 60w Candelabra bulbs
  • Available in Bronze, Polished Nickel, Antique Nickel, and Antique Brass
  • Designed by Sandy Chapman

 

Feiss Lucia Burnished Silver Drum Chandelier

F2568/3BUS - $595

Feiss Lucia Burnished Silver Drum Chandelier F2568/3BUS

  • (3) 100W light bulbs
  • 18” Diameter
  • Sunflower shaped crystals
  • Burnished silver finish

 

Troy Lighting Sausalito Silver Gold Chandelier

F1285SG - $722

Troy Lighting Sausalito Silver Gold Chandelier F1285SG

  • Available in silver gold and deep bronze finish
  • (5) 60w candelabra light bulbs
  • 25” wide and also available in different size configurations
  • Matching wall sconce and flush mounts also available

 

Sonneman Connetix Bright Satin Aluminum LED Bar Chandelier

2133.16 - $1,990

Sonneman Connetix Bright Satin Aluminum LED Bar Chandelier 2133.16

  • 26 LED light bulbs
  • Comes in different size configurations
  • Matching wall sconces and flush mounts available
  • 6ft of adjustable cable

 

Pendants

Using two or more pendants over an island is a great option as well.

Depending on the size and length of your island, the pendants should be evenly spaced out. This shorter kitchen island below has two evenly spaced pendants.

A current trend in lighting design are large kitchen pendants over an island.

Popular Pendants

Much like chandeliers, pendants come in many difference styles and you have lots of choices. Here are our most popular pendants.

Quoizel Lighting Grant Mini Pendant

GRT1508IS - $157

Quoizel Lighting Grant Mini Pendant GRT1508IS

  • Available in Brushed Nickel, Imperial Silver, and Palladian Bronze finishes
  • (1) 100w light bulb with an opal etched glass
  • Available in all metal without glass

 

Besa Lighting Domi Low Voltage Pendant

1XC-1743VM-SN - $160

Besa Lighting Domi Low Voltage Pendant 1XC-1743VM-SN

  • 12v Low voltage pendant with a 50w bi-pin halogen light bulb
  • Many different glass color available
  • Also available in LED version
  • Comes with 8ft of adjustable cord
  • Comes in Satin Nickel and Bronze finishes

 

George Kovacs LED Pendant with Laser-Cut Metal Shade and Crystal Droplets

P989-077- $250

George Kovacs LED Pendant with Laser-Cut Metal Shade and Crystal Droplets P989-077

  • Built in with a 12w LED light bulb
  • Laser cut metal shade with crystal droplets on the inside
  • Chrome finish only
  • Different size configurations available

 

Tech Lighting Benton 1- Light Pendant

600BENPWS - $336

Tech Lighting Benton 1- Light Pendant 600BENPWS

  • Available in Antique Bronze, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel finishes
  • Comes with 6ft of adjustable cable
  • Available with halogen or compact fluorescent light bulbs

 

Hudson Valley Pelham Satin Nickel Pendant

2210-PN - $536

Hudson Valley Pelham Satin Nickel Pendant 2210-PN

  • Available in different sizes
  • (1) 100w max light bulb
  • Comes in Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Aged Brass and Historic Bronze finishes
  • Matching wall sconce and ceiling fixtures available

 

Hudson Valley 3-Light Pendant from the Hampton Collection

252-PN-C3 - $696

 Hudson Valley 3-Light Pendant from the Hampton Collection 252-PN-C3

  • (3) 60w Candelabra bulbs
  • Available in Polished Nickel, Historic Nickel, Aged Brass, and Old Bronze finishes
  • Available with 3 different glass options
  • Comes in 3 different sizes
  • Also available as a semi-flush mount

 

Final Thoughts

Whatever style kitchen you may have, there are many different chandelier and pendants that you can choose from.

Chandeliers and pendants should be hanging 30-36” from the top of counter to the bottom of the light fixture.

This light will be above eye level so you are looking past the light fixture when standing. You can choose anything, as decorative lighting is more of an accessory than a functional light.

Do not be afraid to add color or mix metals for a truly unique ambiance. It is your space!

Additional Resources

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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