We recently switched out our kitchen pendant lighting, and I’m sharing pros and cons of both glass and metal pendant lights.
When we built our house, the kitchen island pendant lighting was one of the things that I went back and forth on pretty much the entire time until I had to get them ordered. Even then I wasn’t exactly sure it was what I wanted, but I went with it. I chose glass pendant lighting with black matte accents, and I did really like them. For me, it was that they were modern look than I generally use, and I just wasn’t 100%. Once they were in, I felt like they really did go with my kitchen and the rest of my home, and I was happy for the most part.
Glass Pendant Lighting
Then…after a few years I usually get an itch to make some changes. This is actually the longest we’ve ever been in a home, so I wasn’t surprised that I was feeling like mixing it up. I’ve always loved the black metal farmhouse pendant lights, but didn’t want to spend a lot to try them, so I found some for a really reasonable price. Now that I have the new lighting in, I can say that I love them!
Black Metal Farmhouse Kitchen Pendant Lightin
Eeeek! I love love it! Now that I’ve had both, I can give you the pros and cons, and what I like/don’t like about each one. Hopefully it will help you make your own decision!
Glass Pendant Lighting Pros & Cons
- AESTHETIC: Great for a more modern look
- PRO: Gives out a lot more light–filled the kitchen
- CON: I felt like I was constantly cleaning them, they get dusty really fast. Trying to get glass really clean with no streaks is tricky, and they’d show up through the light. Any dust would also be quite noticeable when the lights were on…hence always cleaning them!
Black Metal Lighting Pros & Cons
- AESTHETIC: My kitchen is mostly white, and I love the contrast of the black metal, as well as how it looks with the black chalkboard wall. I think it fits my style a little more–not as modern.
- PRO: Easier to keep clean.
- CON: Doesn’t spread as much light–really only lights up the island, and doesn’t reach the countertops. I have overhead lights I can turn on, but with the glass pendants I was accustomed to only needing to turn those on.
I put the glass ones down in storage, just in case I change my mind again. But for now I’m loving these!
Farmhouse Glass Pendant Lighting Ideas
- Matte Black and Glass (smaller version)
- Matte Black and Glass (larger version–similar to mine)
- Black Lantern Pendant
- Seeded Glass + Matte Black
- Rustic Glass + Matte Black Pendant Chandelier
- Farmhouse Pendant with Glass Bowl Shade