The moment you step into a bar, you want it to be atmospheric but not too dark; well-themed and intimate yet bright enough that you can read the cocktail menu and see your drink. Finding the perfect lighting for a bar can be difficult, especially as you find yourself juggling the complex balance between too much light and not enough light. Pendant lights offer a way of framing different areas and spaces within your bar in a soft and subtle way. For example, table lamps create a fuzzy glow around each group of guests while an elegant ceiling pendant light can be a fun alternative to a disco ball over the bar or dance floor.
Whatever way you choose to use pendant lights across your bar space, finding ways to link them back to the overall theme and design of the bar is key and can really bring to life your business model.
And that doesn’t just apply to commercial bars. The cohesion between your lighting and the surrounding space is also true of private bars in the home, breakfast bar pendant lights, and even of garden bars.
The benefit of a pendant light in your bar
With light such an integral part of the functional design and aesthetic display of your space, it’s important to get the right balance between a standout fitting and one which compliments the surroundings. A ceiling pendant light in a large and open plan bar can help to denote the centre and create a focal point when positioned over the dance floor or bar and can add a sense of elegance to the whole setting. Dimmed glass is often a good option for bars as it exhibits a slightly richer and moodier light, while transparent glass is very clean-cut – better suited to a modern, light and bright space.
Table pendant lights are a great way to then draw attention to specific tables and to individual parties and can quickly elevate even standing and stool tables so that they feel a bit more upper-class and expensive. Wall lights with a pendant fitting mark a good way to highlight the navigation across the room and towards the bathrooms – or consider floor lamps to infuse your bar with a little more of a cosy at-home vibe.
How to choose the right pendant lights for your bar
This is where space comes into play and needs to be balanced against the aesthetic finish and how much of a focal point you want your lights to be. Breakfast bar pendant lights and those which are fitted into domestic and private spaces tend to be lighter and softer in their approach, perhaps with a mix of three different drop pendants or one of our multi-drop central displays.
A commercial bar requires more in the way of light, with the beauty of pendant lights being the ability to mix and match different configurations, sizes, and fittings to suit your space and present a creative yet cohesive and well thought out finish. Browse our full collection of pendant lights below or get in touch with the team to discover some of our more bespoke options for different spaces.