Progress 4 Light Spherical Light

Look up. Notice that out-dated light fixture hanging from your ceiling? The one from 1991? Well, everyone else has noticed it too. Nothing makes - or breaks -  a room like the type of lighting you have. Often when homeowners are purchasing a new home, they get stuck with whatever tacky or badly chosen light fixtures the previous owner left them with. You tell yourself, "these are going to be the first things to go". But then, this or that comes up, and a year later, you are still living with the same unsightly lights, and now you are almost accustomed to their hideousness. But what you don't realize is, that the light fixtures are really one the first things guests observe when entering your home. So even if you aren't thinking about how that ugly five arm brass chandelier hanging over your dining table, someone else is.

The good news is, you can transform your space with some really awesome pendant-style light fixtures that will not break the bank. And I know, as I have scoured the internet in search of them. Here are some reviews on ten of the coolest ones available for under 200 bucks.

Eglo Light

Eglo 87957A Sabana Nickel/Multi-Colored Light Fixture.This 5 light pendant would instantly snazzy up your kitchen island or desk area! The multi-colored  shades in muted red tones give a pop without losing its ability to serve as a neutral decorating piece. This light would really go with any design or motif in your home. The globes are each hand made, and each has slight variations in them. This hanging pendant is unique and universally appealing at the same time.

Progress Lighting P3827-20 4-Light Sphere Foyer Lantern with Pivoting Interlocking Rings, Antique Bronze
Amazon Price: $255.00 $185.67 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 25, 2014)
This 4 light foyer lantern is so contemporary and unusual! Designed to be the first thing your guests notice when they enter your home, the three pivoting rings will certainly be a conversation starter. Though it has a very modern design, the antique bronze finish gives it an antique look as well. The chain is adjustable so you can choose the height you wish it to hang. Just a stunning fixture!
Cube Light

Lite Source LS-14633CLR Ice Cube 3 Light Pendant, $145. How cool is this 3 light cube pendant? Instead of the traditional globes, the lights are housed in clear glass with a polished steel body. It looks like hanging ice cubes! The lights hang from arms of three different lengths, and even though it is uber-modern, it doesn’t look too far “out there” like some contemporary fixtures can. This light would look tres’ chic hanging above a dining table or even in a smaller entranceway.

Chanderlier Light

Modern Fashion Warm Restaurant Crystal Pendant by ANN lights, $179.99. This pendant is just as much a work of art as it is a functional light! The eight hanging bulbs and six hanging Egyptian crystals give it such an air of sophistication. It’s a chandelier pendant that looks like something you would see in a high end restaurant, but would look unbelievable hanging over a table or island. It would even work if you wanted to make your desk area look super classy. I really can’t stop looking at this beautiful fixture.

Monica Light

Monica 3 Light Chandelier, $148.72. This fixture is beautiful, trendy, and has a contemporary appeal. It has a cream fabric shade encased in oil bronze metal. A really pretty light that is still trendy enough to be considered “cool”. This light could really go anywhere, over a table, in an entranceway, or even hanging above the bed.

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Elk 31076/1 Chromia 1-Light Pendant, $116.This single light pendant in polished chrome mixes well with the geometric circles etched into the glass. The cyndrical shade adds to the ultra modern look.  This trendy light would look cool hanging above a table or in any room. I could also se

Clear Light Pendant

Progress Lighting P5184-104  1 Light Stem Hung Pendant, $151.56. This mini-pendant is retro-vintage at its finest! The hundred watt bulb it takes ensures you’re not just getting a cool-looking like, but also some serious room brightening. The shade is a thick, clear glass attached to a polished nickel stem. The kit includes a mounting which make it able to hang from either flat or sloped ceilings. You can use this pendant as a single light or you can group together with others of its kind for an extra dramatic effect. The exposed Edison style bulb gives it an extra cool effect!

Pod Light
Uttermost 21920 Albiano 1-Light Mini Pendant
Amazon Price: $219.00 $162.80 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 25, 2014)
Yes, this looks a bit like an old tin can. But in a really good way! I could really see this vintage lamp hanging above a headboard or in a corner over an antique chair. The little ball design on the the top of the shade gives it an extra flare. The metal has been oxidized to bring out a multitude of colors. This process ensures no two pendants are exactly alike.

FJ-Pod Heads, Tech Lighting, 700FPOD12MS $112. This pod style tech lighting gives a studio flare to your space (It also works well in studios). This light is extra functional as it pivots 360 degrees to cast light on any surface or any height. This light has an industrial design to is, but the amethyst color of the glass orb makes it work for any space. USe it alone or in groups. This one is such a cutie!

Cage Light

Vintage Farmhouse Wood Handle Trouble Light by Junkyard Lighting, $110. This vintage industrial “trouble” cage light has an Edisonian flare to it. It’s made to be versatile – you can mount it from the ceiling, hang it from a hook, or just lay it across a table to use as a handheld light, like they did in the days of yore. It has a really neat wooden handle and paddle switch light socket with black cloth wiring.  Trouble lights are the height of vogue and extremely sought after these days! To add to the greatness, the manufacturer offers to customize it just for you, in whatever color handle you want or even make it with extra wire length if you desire. This light is just so awesome!