A Beginner’s Guide to Hardwire Lighting

Dallas, Market, Expo

  • 28 Jul 2022  |

We get questions all the time from new homeowners about where to start with lighting their home. It

can be pretty overwhelming at first – what’s the difference between a pendant and a chandelier? What

size Island Lighting do I need over my dining room table? Why do you offer four different sizes of the

same vanity light and which do I buy for my bathroom? All valid questions, and all very confusing for

those approaching hardwire for the first time. Here’s a breakdown of the major types of hardwire

lighting, and how to apply them in your home.


Chandeliers are large, focal point fixtures, hung from a single wire in the ceiling. Usually,

a Chandelier is the centerpiece of a room, though some more modern chandeliers that

are not symmetrical are used in other spaces. The most common places chandeliers are

found are front entryways, dining room tables, or the center of a living room. Island

Chandeliers are a subset of chandeliers, and are typically longer, more rectangular

chandeliers made for over a kitchen island or dining room table.


Pendants are single wired pieces hanging from the ceiling, but are smaller than

chandeliers. They are usually meant to be hung with two or three more of the same

pendant. They can also be used singularly in more focused areas to provide task lighting,

such as a reading nook. The most common place pendants are found are grouped over a

kitchen island or a breakfast table. Additionally, pendants are commonly offered in both

mini and regular sizes.

Flush Mounts

Flush Mounts are smaller, dome shaped fixtures, that are mounted into the ceiling with

the light embedded within. These create a “flush” light, hence the name. Typically, we 

find these in hallways and smaller entryway areas. Their prime use is for functionality in

areas that particularly need more light. Semi-Flush Mounts are another common pair,

which hang down a few inches off the ceiling to provide a different lighting experience

than a flush mount.

Wall Sconces

Wall Sconces are small fixtures compact to the wall with typically just one light. These

are commonly found beside the bed or in hallways. They provide functional lighting

needed for activities like reading before bed or night lighting in the hallway. They can

also be found used as vanity lights beside the mirror in smaller bathrooms.


Vanity, or bath lights, are typically offered in two, three, and four light sizes for above

and beside the mirror in a bathroom. Depending on the size of the vanity, two light

fixtures are typically used when there are double sinks and mirrors for above each, and

the larger sizes like four light fixtures are used for the center of vanities with one large

mirror. Typically, vanity and bathroom lights are built specifically for the bathroom in

order to withstand the moisture and humidity produced in the bathroom.


Track lights are smaller, focused lights all connected on a track mounted to the ceiling.

These lights are usually more practical and functional than decorative. These are

typically found about kitchen islands or in living rooms. The main priority is to give

versatility in lighting, as you can swivel the lights to focus on whatever area needs the

most light.

Now that you have a better idea of the type of fixture you’re looking for, explore our website and social

media to find the perfect Quoizel piece for your home!

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