illustration breaking down basic make-up of a pendant light
Illustration: Jason Lee
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Pendant Anatomy

Mounting strap: Anchors fixture to outlet box in ceiling.

Canopy: Decorative cover hides electrical hookups.

Nipple: Threads into mounting strap.

Hanger Loop: Connects chain to nipple.

Chain/Rod: Shade must hang at least six inches from ceiling to be considered a pendant.

Socket: Powers bulb. Porcelain sockets stand up better to heat than metal ones.

Shade: Controls direction, spread, and color of light.

Washer: Supports shade. Threads onto outside of socket.

Bulb: Wattage should not exceed capacity on fixture's label.
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