So, you redesign your interior space and the subject of lighting appears. You want to appear with a more contemporary look, and be interested in pendant lighting ideas. But which lighting solution is best for you – pendants or mini pendants?
That’s a good question, and one without a simple answer. That is because there are no real standards regarding what it is and what is not a mini pendant. All chandeliers are designed to illuminate certain areas. Think of them as spotlights in the theater. They can be used as your main lighting for a room or they can be used as additional lighting to create drama, add more light to certain areas, such as kitchen counters, or create focal points in the room, such as adding more pendants from the buffet in the dining room or on your desk in your home office.
If there are general rules about what constitutes mini chandeliers, it is that they are usually less than 12 “in size. Three to four mini chandeliers are about as many as two pendants which have two lamps each. The beauty of the minis, however, is that you can use more of them in a larger area, creating innovative lighting solutions for the room that really makes it stand out.If you want to save energy, there is a wide selection of low voltage mini pendant lamps to choose from.
When shopping and choosing a mini chandelier, you want to consider a number of things. First, you want to consider how light is thrown down and in the other direction. In some cases, you may need to have additional lighting in the room, such as a hidden can or a central chandelier. If your lamp doesn’t have a lens, you might find that glare is a problem, especially with mini chandeliers that use high-intensity light bulbs.
Speaking of lamps, mini pendants are available with incandescent, halogen, and energy saving compact fluorescent lamps. Using a dimmer can help you get the most out of any bulb you choose.
Installing a dimmer is easy and you can do it yourself without having to call an electrician if you only replace the existing lights. You want to start by turning off the power to the room in the circuit box. Ideally, you want to use a circuit tester to make sure the power is turned off before touching the cable. Assuming the power is turned off, start by removing old equipment. If you are replacing the ceiling fan with a pendant, remove the blades first. That makes the process much easier.
Remove the plastic nut from the cable, remove the cable, then remove the mounting bracket. Replace the bracket with the new bracket that came with the lamp. After the bracket is installed, it is time to connect the cable. Follow the diagram that accompanies the light. In most cases, white to white, black to black and soil to land, but every house, especially older ones, can be a little different. The ground wire is connected to the ground screw on the bracket. Before you move the new mini chandelier to the mounting bracket, add a new wire cap to the connection.
That’s all there is. If you add a new junction box where there was none before and have never done it before, you might want to call a trusted friend or professional electrician to help you because you need to find out the wiring in your home and how to run the cable to the new fixture location.