Working out how to make pendant lights can feel like an uphill struggle. However, by splitting the process into 5 steps, you can tackle the process with ease. So, what are the 5 steps you need to take and the questions you need to answer? Let’s take a look.
1. A rose by any other name
Let’s start at the top, seems logical. The first step and the first big decision is the ceiling rose. Start by making a choice about the style you’re after and the size you might need.
If you’re using chain, get one with a hook outlet. Otherwise, the standard choice is the cord grip.
2. Cain and Abel (Cable)
Rose picked, it’s time to choose cable. With over 30 colours and two distinctive styles, this can be a tough decision.
However, with a free sample box, help is at hand. After aesthetics, comes practicality. Measure or mock up how much cable you will need. Measure twice, cut once. If you’re having chain, there are chain samples to consider and the same practical and aesthetic choices to make.
3. Hold me closer
The next lesson in how to make pendant lights, the lamp holder. Sometimes called a “bulb socket,” more often called “that thing you stick the bulb in,” the humble lamp holder often bamboozles. However, like most things, once you cut through the jargon it becomes much simpler.
Essentially, the big decision is Bayonet (aka B22 or BC) or Screw (aka E27 or ES). Both work exactly the same, it is just the way the bulb attaches that is different (push and twist for the bayonet, clockwise screwing for the screw). One thing to note, if you’re adding a shade you may specifically require one or the other. So, check with the manufacturer or measure the diameter of the attachment. We always specify compatibility in our shade listings.
4. Let there be light
We’re getting to the business end of the pendant now, the lamp. Before choosing a lamp, work out where the pendant is going and the kind of light you need in that space.
So, if it’s going to be decorative, a low-output LED-filament will add ambience. If it’s going to be a task light, get something with a little more lumen lux. The double-click eco-LED is a great cheat and can offer you both all in one lamp.
5. To shade or not to shade
If you’re going bare, bulb that is, then you can just go-ahead and ignore this fifth and final point. For the rest of you, this marks the final piece of the pendant puzzle. Choosing a shade is similar to choosing a lamp, it will be directly influenced by the role the pendant needs to perform.
There is a lot of choice, just be sure to choose a shade that meets the needs of the space. Also, be sure to check the lamp holder compatibility to avoid any ugly scenes upon assembly.
Now that we know how to make pendant lights, it’s time to assemble. All electrical work should be carried out by a competent individual. If you’re not feeling confident, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your correctly accredited electrician will be able to do the job no bother. Or, if you’re using one of our handy configurators, all you need to do is ask. We can offer full assembly & testing, dispatching a fully functioning luminaire ready for installation.
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