Outdoor pendant lights are a popular choice for homeowners looking to achieve a sophisticated and stylish aesthetic while optimising for elegance, brightness, and visibility. But with infinite options on the market, how do you know which one is right for your home?

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing your outdoor pendant lights: 

Cone & Cell Outdoor Pendant Lights hanging within a alfresco space

1. Decide on an Area to Illuminate

Your outdoor space is your oasis, extending your time with family and friends to enjoy moments by the pool, in the garden or within the alfresco area. The first tip to choosing an outdoor light is to assess the scope of your space and what you attend to do within that space.

Whether you are lighting up your curb appeal with a direct pendant light on your front porch or hosting a dinner party with a cluster of ambient pendant lights there are different requirements and lighting types to assist in selecting an outdoor pendant light.

When it comes to outdoor lighting safety and durability are of utmost importance. Therefore, all outdoor lights require an IP Rating and must have characteristics in materials that enable them to withstand the weather and different climatic conditions. 

Leda Outdoor Pendant Light by Karman

2. Understand the three lighting types 

Outdoor lighting can fall into multiple categories depending on the use of the light. With that said, the different types of lamps per purpose include task, accent, or ambient lighting.

Task lighting

Task lighting is used to provide illumination in areas where visual tasks are performed, such as at a desk or workbench. This is demonstrated, for instance, by placing a post lantern next to a front door or a group of wall lights flanking a garage.

Ambient lighting

 Ambient lighting, on the other hand, fills and controls the overall brightness of an area and can be adjusted to fit the tone of the space.

Accent lighting 

Lastly, accent lighting is intended to highlight small areas and can be as simple as a pendant or multiple pendants over a seating or dining area.

One of the most versatile models for all types of lighting is an outdoor pendant light. Outdoor pendant lights are incredibly functional - depending on how you position them, they can be task, ambient, and accent lights.

With that in mind, our Drop Pendant Light is an elegant example suited for all occasions and desired brightness levels. 

3. Choose a Pendant Fixture

The third and final step in choosing a pendant light is selecting a design that fits your distinct taste.

For a traditional touch, look for outdoor pendant lights in finishes such as copper, iron, bronze, or brass, complete with impressive intricate details. For a classic style, try our traditional-style lanterns. Or be bold with a cluster of electic pendant lighting on your porch.

The Leda Curve Light creates a vast and decorative allure. This elegant, adjustable fixture can be arranged to any orientation to fit in your outdoor area perfectly.

The Cell Wide Outdoor Pendant is reminiscent of Chinese lanterns, except with a touch of contemporary. It’s perfectly suited for traditional homes that want a touch of modernity.

If you’re seeking something more modern, you could implement a pendant with sleek lines and a more minimalist build. Typically, pendant lights take a simple shape like the Outdoor Cone Light, but there are also models available in various other shapes, including rectangular, triangular, and hexagonal. 

While fixtures can also be made from a variety of materials such as ceramic and plastic, our artisans use high-quality materials such as metal, wood, and glass to ensure the longevity of the light. Additionally, pendant fixtures are available in various finishes such as chrome, brass, and bronze.