7 pendant lights you can plug in—and take with you when you move out

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By Mimi OConnor  |
February 25, 2019 - 3:30PM

There are options beyond the rice paper lantern, like this Capiz Lotus Pendant Lamp.

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As many an interior designer will tell you, lighting can make or break a space. Table and floor lamps are great, but sometimes you really need some illumination overhead. This can be tricky if you rent (or you just don’t want to pay for and deal with the hassle of running electrical lines to a spot in the ceiling).

A nice workaround is the plug-in pendant light or “chandelier”—which can be sparkly and crystal, but doesn’t have to be. These are not as common as lights that need to be hardwired, which requires a handyman or electrician to open the wall and connect them to the electrical lines of an apartment. But they do exist, and could be just the thing to bring that extra style (and light) to your place. Plus: When you leave, you can take them with you.

Below, 7 stylish pendant lights you can plug in. (Note: some prices reflect sales at the time of writing. And you may need to buy the cord set separately in some cases.)

Large Capiz Lotus Pendant Lamp, $150

This is made in the Philippines, and comes in a smaller size as well. 

Filbert 1-Light Pendant, $69

This minimalist shade comes in burlap and natural finishes. 

Globe Electric Barnyard Plug-In Pendant, $42

For that warehouse look that's so popular now. 


Better Homes & Gardens Metal Cage Swag Pendant Light, $20

Another take on industrial. Hang one solo, or two or three for more impact and light.


Fabric Geo Shade Pendant, Small, $45

Previously priced at $129, this simple fabric lamp comes in three colors, and is also available in a larger size for $80.

Swag Style Vernaculis III Giclee Shade Plug-In Chandelier, $140

If you're going for that kitschy '50s look, this could be an option—and you can customize the design with the colors you want to match your decor.


Brielle Antique Brass Crystal Plug-In Swag Pendant, $80

Small and sparkly, this mini-crystal pendant would add a girly or glam touch to a corner or small room. 


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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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