Have you noticed how many mini-pendants are available from scores of suppliers?Their presence in a particular room is an emerging trend that is going to increase the demand for these popular products farther and faster. And that room is…the bathroom!

Every smart lighting designer knows that lights on each side of the mirror provide optimal lighting for personal grooming, but no one said the lighting fixture must be mounted on the wall. Positioning the light source in the same location, but having them suspended from the ceiling gives the user the same great light AND a much wider selection of product. There may actually be more mini-pendants designed and sold in America than wall sconces. That means designers and homeowners now have over twice the selection needed to personalize their homes. Additionally, because there are still two outlet boxes, the cost will not increase. For very little effort, homeowners can be on-trend with stylish products to fit their bathroom.

When installing a mini-pendant, center the light source (or bulb) at 60 inches from the floor. Concessions can be made for taller or shorter families. The two mini-pendants should be a minimum of 28 inches apart, but can be wider if the bathroom mirror is large. Consider 42 inches as the maximum width. Whenever possible, a ceiling light, which is typically a recessed can, should be placed overhead to provide a third dimension of light to help eliminate any remaining shadows on the face.

By using the parameters defined for wall sconces, bathrooms and powder rooms can now enjoy the design creativity and almost endless options provided by mini-pendants. Like a chandelier over the soaking tub and pendants in the dining room, using unexpected lighting fixtures in rooms where they may not be typical will provide a home with a unique environment and a space unlike any of the neighbors’.

Jeffrey R. Dross
Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends
Kichler Lighting