95+ Kitchen Designs with Dazzling Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are to kitchens what chandeliers are to foyers, especially kitchens with islands.

That’s not to say the only lights in a kitchen are pendant lights, because often there are other lights such as recessed lights.  After all, a kitchen needs plenty of light.  Nobody like reading recipe books in the dark let alone chop food up with wicked sharp knives.

In fact as you browse our gallery below (you can also check out our full kitchen gallery here), you’ll notice that the pendant / recessed lighting combo is super popular in today’s kitchen designs.  The pendant light offers both form and function while recessed light provide the additional illumination needed.

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rustic kitchen walk-in pantry with white cabinets and laminated floors
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cottage walk-in pantry with built in book shelves and vintage pendant lights
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traditional kitchen with reclaimed wood and vaulted ceiling walk in pantry
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contemporary kitchen with walk in pantry cabinet
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country kitchen with built in bookshelf walk in pantry
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cottage kitchen with artwork and breakfast bar walk in pantry
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custom built walk-in pantry with desk next to traditional kitchen
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large transitional l-shaped open concept kitchen walk-in pantry
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standing walk-in pantry midcentury kitchen
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farmhouse kitchen walk-in pantry
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farmhouse large country galley kitchen walk-in pantry
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Where to Buy Kitchen Pendant Lights

Here’s a good selection of online retailers.

What are pendant lights?

It’s not rocket science.  I’m sure after checking out our gallery you get a sense of what pendant lights are.  They are lights that hang or are suspended from the ceiling or some other overhead object by a cord, chain, rope or something similar.  Generally, there are 2 or more in the kitchen in a straight line.  These are a popular form of light for illuminating kitchen islands.

Where are pendant lights typically placed in the kitchen?

Typically they’re hung in a line of two or more over a kitchen island or peninsula.  The line of lights follows the length of the island or peninsula.  The lines it creates in the upper sphere of the kitchen is pleasing to the eye.

Check out our list of top 10 kitchen island pendant lights here.

12 types of pendant lights for kitchens?

There are 12 main types of pendant lights for kitchen designs.  Moreover, the example photos before really don’t do each type justice since within each type there sub types, different colors, different types of bulbs and different colors.  It’s astonishing how many different lights there are.

1. Uplight

Uplight pendant lights shine the light upwards creating an ambient light.  This is not a typical kitchen option.

2. Downlight

Downlight types shine light downward.  This is the usual type for a kitchen because it shines light on the counter surfaces where you need to see.

3. Mini-lights

Mini pendant lights are small.

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4. Island/Antler

Island pendant lights are a type with 2 or more light scones on a single light.  Island styles with 3 or more scones kind of have a chandelier effect.  Moreover, if you have room for one pendant light, it’s best to get the island type.

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5. Shade

The fifth main type of pendant light are those with a shade.  These provide a more muted light.

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6. Cluster Pendant Lights

You can buy cluster pendant lights which is a bunch of smaller pendant lights from the same fixture attached above.

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7. Inverted Center Bowl

The final type of pendant light is designed so the light shines upward.  It creates a more ambient light which can be good for a dining room or foyer.  These are not good for kitchens.

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8. Candle

Candle pendant lights have candle-like lights in a fixture hanging from the ceiling.

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9. Cage

Another type (popular right now) are cage pendant lights which is a wire structure wrapped around the bulb.  The entire structure hangs from overhead.

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10. Schoolhouse Pendant

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11. Geometric Pendant

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12. Globe Pendant

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13. Cascade Pendant?

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How to install a pendant light

Here’s a popular video showing you how to install a pendant light.

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