We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs.

Welcome to The Deep Dive, in which we search high and low for the best of the best products for every corner of your home, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs. Next up: kitchen pendants.

If you’ve ever rented an apartment, you’ve probably had to endure a bad overhead lighting situation in your kitchen, whether it’s fluorescent strips, a dreaded boob lamp, or no fixture at all. But you don’t have to. Simply swapping in pendants you actually like can completely change the look of the room—especially when it’s a space that needs a little TLC.

And it doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor either. Plug-in pendants can usually be installed without an electrician (just swag them from a hook on the ceiling), and you can always ask your landlord to help wire the real deal (he’ll likely be happy you’re making an upgrade!). Whether you need some extra lighting over your breakfast nook or can’t look at those ’90s spotlights one more minute, we’ve found 32 options you’ll have a hard time resisting.









Discover more products we love: Our 48 Favorite Dining Chairs: Bet You Can’t Buy Just One The Humble Hook, 40 Ways Floral Wallpaper Might Not Be Groundbreaking for Spring, But We Love It Anyway