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.