Typically, the bathroom ceiling needs be fairly tall. If not, the two main locations they’re found are above the vanity and above a tub, usually a freestanding tub.
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Are pendants a good bathroom lighting option?
If you have a tall ceiling, yes.
I also think above a freestanding tub, they can be effective, but watch your head when getting into and out of the tub.
Powder rooms are a common type of bathroom with pendant lights, usually suspended above the sink.
What type is best for the bathroom?
I think the best pendants are mini-pendants. The space is small and so you can strategically hang them so that they don’t impede movement and use of the space.
While chandeliers are moderately popular, mini-pendants are better in my view, for most bathrooms if you’re opting for pendants.
Benefits of Pendants in the Bathroom
When comparing pendant lights to chandeliers, recessed lighting and ceiling flush-mounts, I have to go with recessed lighting or ceiling flush-mounts. Bathrooms aren’t typically large rooms and so there isn’t much space to have a hanging light.
Illuminate specific areas: That said, pendants are excellent at illuminating specific areas or items and so above a free standing tub they can be great for illuminating that specific space.
Aesthetics: With respect to aesthetics, whenever you can accommodate a pendant in a room, it alone can enhance the design of a space because they can be beautiful; a work of art on their own. This for me is the most compelling reason to use pendants in any room, including a bathroom.
Ambient lighting: Another reason is that the ambient lighting option can be good. It may be you like the uplighting effect you can get which is a softer light. In which case this is a very good reason to use this type of light. The key will be placement so that you don’t risk injury.
The chandelier: A little known fact is that chandeliers are a pendant light. Usually chandeliers are put into their own category and not referenced as a pendant light, but they are indeed a pendant. In this case, there are many bathrooms with pendants if you consider those with a chandelier.
At the end of the day it’s balancing function and aesthetics. I wouldn’t give up bathroom functionality and mobility and risk of injury just to make it look nicer. However, if you can suspend a pendant in a way so that it’s not an obstacle or risks injury, it can enhance the space nicely.
Where to Buy Pendant Lights for Your Bathroom
Here’s a good selection of online retailers.