Let The Light Shine In
SA Home Owner|July 2020
Let The Light Shine In
Kelebogile Nondzaba looks at the dos and don’ts of lighting in the home
Kelebogile Nondzaba


Choosing the correct lighting has become as important as deciding on the perfect type of furniture for your home. It’s important for example to choose the right pendant for a space. Proportions are everything and something too small or too big can destroy the look and feel of a place, says Jason Rivkind, director of Streamlight.

“You can use pendant lights for task lighting, but the trick is to choose the correct fitting for the task at hand. For example over a study desk, something with a more direct light source and perhaps dimmable. If required for a kitchen island, something that gives the correct amount of light for cutting or preparing food. In some cases if you use it over an area with sewing or fabrics, perhaps a more neutral or cool white lamp to aid with choosing fabric colours or seeing the finer detail.” The best place for a chandelier or pendant depends on the room itself, the uses and how open-plan the areas are, he says. “I love the dining room as a first choice as I find it the most formal or intimate space. The double-volume area is great, as well as a kitchen island and bedside pendants; but you have to be careful that you don’t overdo it and they complement each other. For example if you have a dining room table with the kitchen island right next to it, it’s often too much to make both a focal point.”


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July 2020