Ceiling/Pendant

Smoked Grey Table Vessel Light

The Plumen bulb looks especially appealing in this blown glass form by Decode, doesn’t it? The subtle color tint softens the light ever so slightly while the glass gives an irregular reflection that accentuates the form. In other words, it’s pretty. Also, don’t forget you can purchase the Plumen Bulb separately for your own existing light fixture should it need an upgrade.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £276.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Drum Lamp

Upcycling! If you’ve watched any home shows (say, on HGTV) you’re likely to have seen some upcycled stuff, with some of the results semi-impressive and other attempts being downright awful. Now, I know I’ve seen used washing machine drums upcycled into lights and tables before, but it certainly wasn’t executed in such a precise manner, as shown above/below.

Powder-coating, rather than hand spray paint, helps convey a higher end look, as does the matching color cable and acrylic sheet diffusers. Tip of the hat goes to you, Willem Heeffer, for acing an upcycling project and offering more for sale for those of us that can’t be bothered with doing it ourselves.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €310
Available from: Willem Heeffer

2×4 Pendant

Is it magic that keeps this pendant in place? No, it’s not, but you can pretend if you want. This light fixture appears to be floating, thanks to a mono filament suspension, giving you a very minimal (and magical) look to your room. A frosted glass lens hides an LED strip on the underside, which keeps the 2×4 pristine with its simple, whitewashed finish.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Alex Allen Studio

Void Pendant Light

Look at this beauty. It’s not new, but it is something worth revisiting for its shiny, spectacular surface. Each light is made from solid metal sheets that are pressed, spun and brazed to form the double walled shade. Referencing the Olympic medals, the Void Light is available in three metallic finishes: brass, polished stainless steel and copper. The halogen light provides a ‘soft directional beam’.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $615.00
Available from: YLighting

NUD Classic Black Pendant

A simple grouping of hanging pendants is made all the more interesting when you mix up the cord colors and bulbs. After all, it’s fun to go a little crazy in lighting options, especially if you pick a few of your favorite hues. The NUD classic pendant has a load of color options, even more so if you order directly from the NUD Collection Webshop, and you could even go super crazy and pick out different socket colors, though I’d advise against it as it could look a lot less planned and a little more insane.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Lumens

WeMo Light Switch

And, now, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes upon a Wi-Fi® enabled light switch. It’s by the same company as the WeMo Switch (makes a lot of sense) and it allows you to turn lights on and off from anywhere. Maybe you’re on the other side of the house or maybe you’re in another country, either way, you can control your lights remotely with a Android smartphone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also program your lights for specified times, as in on at sunset and off at sunrise, which would be especially helpful for certain areas like your front door. And, if you’re not afraid of a little DIY, you can easily replace your regular light switch with the WeMo; there’s an installation video to guide you along.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

String Lights

Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, as we all know it does get quite dark at night, and what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with these beauties above your head.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: onefortythree

Cast 1 Light Pendant Light

Another folded paper lamp, yawn… but wait, it’s not paper, it’s ceramic! Which means it’ll break if you drop it, so don’t. The patterned surface will lend just enough texture to a room and you’ll get the nice, even glow you’d expect from a ceramic shade. And, the size is just right for a small breakfast nook, or maybe even beside the bed suspended above the nightstand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: YLighting

Single Pendant Light by onefortythree

As promised, here’s a link to onefortythree’s Single Pendant Light. With a cloth twisted cord and a socket in a powder coat finish, and either a hard wire or plug in option, and with a price tag of $45, it’s a no brainer. Available in several delightful colors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: onefortythree

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL

Update: TouchOfModern has this big guy on sale for $188 for a limited time.

The smaller version of this chandelier has always stood out for its elegance and affordability, but man-oh-man, the extra large version is even better. It’s almost 5 feet across! This is a prime example of getting one heck of a bang for a few bucks.

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL: 59″ D x 30″ H (from ceiling to lowest section), reg. $240.00, sale: $188.00
Heavy Guy Chandelier: 35″ D x 18″ H, reg. $150, sale: $105.00

From our archives; originally posted May 28, 2010.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: MVOS

Aura Pendant Lights

A simple brass or copper ring highlights the bulb and its illumination, giving the light source a small yet significant emphasis. Available in two sizes, hang one on its own for a simpler look, or make a statement with a cluster hung at various heights. Comes hard-wired for ceiling mounting and includes canopy with 8ft black cord.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $345.00 and up
Available from: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Duit Light

Now, don’t get too excited as this is just a shade, and not a complete pendant light, and it’s intended for interiors with electrical conduit. However, if you’ve got an interior (say, a retail or café-type environment) with exposed electrical conduit, then you’re now allowed to jump up and down as you’ve an affordable solution to your lighting problems. This 8″ fixture simply slides over the conduit and rests neatly on a ceramic lampholder (see Noah’s website for details).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Noah Lambert

BL9M Pendant

A bit of brass won’t hurt you if you put it in the right place, namely, above your head in the shape of a light fixture. Bestlite lamps have a history; did you know that Robert Dudley Best’s lamp was the first example of Bauhaus in the UK, and required quite a bit of argument to put it into production? Interesting, as the collection now looks rather traditional, in a pared-down, elegant sort of way. The BL9M pendant is also available in Grey/Brass and Charcoal Black/Brass.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $419.00
Available from: HORNE

Recycled Wooden Pallet Hanging Lamp Shade

What might be made from wooden pallets? Lamp shades, of course! There’s a little assembly required, but that means less shipping costs from the UK, so can those complaints and count your cash. No gluing, screwing, or hammering needed, just click each piece in place. Each shade is slightly different as wooden pallets vary, but you can pick the color of elastic to unify a set or grouping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £44.99
Available from: FactoryTwentyOne's Etsy Shop

Cielo Pendant Light

Flat-panel LED technology makes quite the difference, as seen in the specs of this Cielo Pendant Light. It lasts for 50 thousand hours or 25 years of daily use. Pretty different from those regular bulbs we all had (and may still have) in our homes. LED technology has allowed this efficiency, and in the case of this lamp, it used only 8 watts of power. Contrast that with a regular 60 watt bulb and you’ll understand the savings. As an extra bonus, the Cielo is glare free, warm (color temperature: 3000K), and dimmable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Available from: A+R Store