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Vintage Kitchen Lighting

Whether you are restoring an older home or building a brand new one, using vintage kitchen lighting is a great way to add style and character to your home. There are many styles available when considering this style, including chandelier, pendant, track, sconces and schoolhouse. Let's examine the difference in form and function of three popular vintage styles.

Kitchen lighting styles: chandeliers

Three kitchen lighting styles that are similar in design but different in function are the chandelier, the pendant and the schoolhouse. Chandeliers are most commonly found hanging over a dining room table, can be used in kitchens as well. They hang a bit higher, have several different light bulbs and vintage chandeliers typically have elaborate designs or use a unique medium such as stained glass. Because they have so many light bulbs, the individual bulbs don't require a very high wattage, thus allowing them to illuminate a large area without being too harsh. Besides being providing light, chandeliers provide an interest piece as well.

Kitchen lighting styles: pendants and schoolhouse lights

Pendants are similar to chandeliers in that they hang from the ceiling and can add interest to a room, but that is where the similarities end. Pendants are often suspended lower than chandeliers and often are above bars, islands or work spaces. They are usually somewhat cone-shaped, with a small circular opening on top and an open bottom. This style is good because it provides a lower, more directed light. Schoolhouse lights differ from pendants in shape and sometimes function. They are usually globe-shaped, closed on both the top and bottom. They are a good compromise between a chandelier and a pendant because they provide the softer light of a chandelier and the more directed light of a pendant.

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