Restaurants and other businesses use commercial pendant lighting for a variety of reasons. A restaurant often chooses pendant lights because they can be placed directly over each table, providing each person an opportunity to have ample light during their meal. Other companies, especially industrial firms and manufacturers can also benefit from pendant lights.
The Benefits of Pendant Lighting
There are several benefits to using commercial pendant lighting fixtures to light a garage. First and foremost, modern pendant light fixtures offer direct light exactly where it is needed. In a garage setting, another benefit is found in fixtures that can be attached to dimmers or have the ability to be raised or lowered as needed.
Of all of the light fixtures and products associated with lighting, a pendant light is one of the most versatile, especially when used in a garage setting. While fluorescent ballasts provide an abundance of generalized light that illuminates a large area. pendant light fixtures can be placed in various areas to provide additional light for particular projects.
One or two pendant light fixtures can be placed directly over a work bench, drafting board, pool table or other surface where a specific type of work is performed. While recessed lighting works well under cabinets and over countertops, pendant lighting allows for an ample amount of light in an open area. The light can be suspended high enough over the work surface that it will remain out of the way and allow for the work to be completed without creating an obstruction.
Pendant lights can have drawbacks. Many commercial pendant lights cannot be raised or lowered. If an immovable pendant light is used, it may hang low enough that it gets in the way if a cabinet or other large piece of furniture has to be moved. One of the most common drawbacks is that a pendant light normally is wired directly into electrical wiring of the home or garage. Most Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts prefer to install new lights and other modern appliances on their own. In this case, because the wiring of the home/garage is involved, it would be best to contact an electrician and have them complete the process.
Different Types of Bulbs
Most pendant light fixtures can accommodate almost any type of bulb. Incandescent bulbs are much less common than ever before, being replaced almost exclusively by fluorescent and LED light bulbs. With the focus on energy efficiency, incandescent bulbs are sorely lacking. They burnt out after a few hundred hours and waste most of the energy they use by producing large amounts of heat.
Compact fluorescent bulbs are able to fit into the same fixtures as older, less efficient, incandescent bulbs. A fluorescent bulb can last several thousand hours and do not need to be replaced nearly as often as older style bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs throw light in all different directions and can illuminate a large area if placed appropriately. When used in conjunction with fluorescent ballasts, pendant lights provide a uniform lighting solution for when several activities take place at the same time.
LED bulbs are growing in popularity. Not only are they extremely energy efficient, they are environmentally friendly. An LED light can last over 100,000 hours and provides a whiter, brighter light. When it comes to their construction and the materials used during the manufacturing process, they have fewer contaminants than more conventional types of light bulbs.
Another benefit of LED lighting is that an LED bulb lights in a particular direction. This allows light to be focused on a very distinct area. This works well when trying to light a tight corner, such as behind a furnace or water heater. A small pendant light hanging in a closet or small alcove provides the right amount of light so you can do whatever needs to be done in a tight space.
Commercial pendant lighting can be used to create uniformity and balance in a garage, porch or patio setting. Several pendant lights can be purchased at once and used throughout the area. Matching lights are not a necessity but brings a look of balance, especially if you are considering selling your home in the future. Commercial lighting adds both value and style to any home or business.