Pendants can provide both task and general lighting. Since pendants hang within a room, as opposed to close to a ceiling or a wall, they become a focal point, adding a major style element to your décor.
Equipped with shades or glass to avoid glare, pendant light fixtures are a great choice for task lighting over kitchen islands, tables, counters, and other task areas.
When used over end or night tables, pendants free up the space occupied by table lamps. The use of a dimmer and other lighting controls give you the flexibility to vary the light output.