Pull Down Retractable Light

Interested in the accessible ease and vintage feel of a pull-down retractable light? Thanks to some innovative trends and decor choices, these lights don’t have to be dated—they can be part of a lovely, unique modern aesthetic.

Pick your material, color, and form! These retractable lights come in all kinds of designs, making them seamless additions to your home. Trust us—you’ll thank us for these ideas when you’re able to add extra versatility to your living spaces. A little great light can go a long way, and your new retractable light will make great lighting firmly within reach.

Don’t believe us? Check out these beautiful ideas to see which you’d love in your home...

Neutral, domed retractable ceiling light with adjustable height

Neutral, domed retractable ceiling light with adjustable height

With a canopy perfect for creating an intimate feel over a dinner table or in a reading alcove, this type of adjustable ceiling light is perfect for targeted lighting wherever you need it most. Since you can change the height, you control the intensity of the light—it’s that simple!

For a more modern take on this type of domed lamp, try one tip: Go for metallics. Copper and steel are particularly trendy right now for a more industrial look. 

A brushed single dome pull down retractable light

A brushed single dome pull down retractable light

Perhaps your tastes skew less industrial and more minimalistic—in which case a sleek adjustable light is the best for you! With a stark silhouette that will stand out nicely against pastel or neutral walls, this type of light will provide a timeless statement that will look beautiful with a minimalist, modern aesthetic.

(We’d recommend pairing this light with a piece of furniture that has a similar circular shape somewhere in the room, just for a sense of pleasing cohesion.) 

The trendy starburst adjustable and retractable pendant light

The trendy starburst adjustable and retractable pendant light

Interested in a little more whimsy? A pendant light with gorgeous Edison bulbs pointing out in every direction will light your home beautifully and present a strong focal point for your room.

Since you control the height with this light, you can decide just how much of a statement you’d like it to be. Will it hover near the ceiling—or be a low, moody chandelier over a formal dining table? It’s your choice! 

A traditional lantern retractable light fixture

A traditional lantern retractable light fixture

Want something that’s a little less statement and a little more traditional?

For farmhouse and cottage vibes, we recommend a lantern light fixture that comes with the modern versatility of adjustable height. These lights tend to come in all-metal structures—perfect for that rustic look you’re going for. (They could also work in a steampunk vintage aesthetic as well!) 

Glam pull down light fixtures with a soft chandelier feel

Glam pull down light fixtures with a soft chandelier feel

There’s nothing that makes a room more than a chandelier—and ones that have dangling pastel shapes feel ethereal, delicate, and lovely.

You know what doesn’t feel lovely? Having to guess from a picture online how tall a chandelier’s going to be in your unique space. It’s far better to purchase a retractable or adjustable one, just to stay on the safe (and stress-free) side.

Farmhouse pull down light fixture with three lights

Farmhouse pull down light fixture with three lights

Sometimes, when you have a larger space, you find that you need to have more than one light in a chandelier to keep your entire space bright and safe—and the tiny bulbs in a traditional chandelier just won’t cut it to reach every corner of your room.

Enter a farmhouse bronze chandelier with three enormous lanterns in a row! With this type of lamp, not only will your entire space be bright, you’ll have a gorgeous statement piece in the middle of your room.

A sleek stainless retractable ceiling light fixture

A sleek stainless retractable ceiling light fixture

Interested in an adjustable ceiling lamp that’s a little more metallic and art nouveau? Feast your eyes on a ceiling light trend with lots of parallel lines, frosted glass, and a subtle anchor shape.

This type of chandelier can add a little bit of eclecticism to a more traditional, antique vibe—or, alternatively, it would be right at home in a more glam ‘20s aesthetic. 

Glass pull down light with an adjustable cord

Glass pull down light with an adjustable cord

For those looking for a more simple aesthetic, a one-bulb light with a simple glass cover is so subtle that it practically blends into any room!

As such, this is the perfect choice for smaller spaces and for people with very high ceilings. Just make sure that you adjust the height so that you and your loved ones won’t bump into it when you’re crossing your rooms! 

Artsy pull down ceiling light made of wineglasses

Artsy pull down ceiling light made of wineglasses

For someone with a more creative bent (or perhaps for a sommelier that you know!), a chandelier made of empty upside-down wine glasses can lend a space a nice sense of flair.

Our favorite pro tip is to look for a piece where all of the wineglasses in the display are on individual adjustable cords. That way, you can make sure that the ceiling light looks just the way you want it to—from any angle. 

5 lamp Edison bulb pull down chandelier

5 lamp Edison bulb pull down chandelier

For an industrial lamp that gives off cozy, warm vibes, look no further than a cascade of adjustable Edison bulbs!

These yellow-toned lights on cords that you can vary in length will send dappled, golden-hour light over your living spaces. If you’ve ever wondered just how to make your home feel perfectly comfortable at night, you’re in luck: This is the fixture that you need. 

Our advice Buying Guide

Proper lighting is important, especially if you do creative work, love to read, or you simply appreciate good lighting. Pull down lamps can give you flexibility in terms of where your lighting is, enabling you to set a certain mood or even increase your ability to focus on a certain task.

These lamps were actually very popular in the 50s. But with the decades-old designs no longer meeting safety code requirements, we are lucky to have modernized and safer models of pull-down lamps available for our homes. There’s just something about these mid-century lights that we won’t let down. The same way lighting is crucial, it’s important that you read these tips on how to choose the right pull down lamp to enhance your home.

How to determine the right height for a pull down lamp?

The desired lamp height and adjustability will vary depending on where you plan on placing it. Pull down lamps can be suitable for any room in the home such as the kitchen, dining room, home office, or your room.

  • When planning to place your lamp over a surface, like your kitchen island or dining room table, make sure your lamp doesn’t come down too close to it. This is to make sure you don’t accidentally damage the lamp from pulling it too low.
  • For a home with young kids who can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves, you’ll want to make sure the lamp can adjust high enough to be out of reach, even if they are standing on the table.
  • If you’re looking for a lot of flexibility, then a lamp with a joint or two will help you get more angles. This is great if you plan on using the light for personal use.

Where to put a pull down lamp?

While the phrase “pull down lamp” may give you the idea that it can only be hung from the ceiling, there are also lamps that can be mounted on the wall.

  • Ceiling hung lamps are great for kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms.
  • Wall mounted lamps may be better suited for reading areas, office desks, and bedrooms.

How to decorate with pull down lamps?

The design and style of lamp that suits your home best depend on the decor in your home as well as your personal tastes. There is really no right or wrong, so have some fun and truly go with what you like.

  • Many of the pull down lamps popular today emulate the vintage, mid-century lamps that were popular then. Even though it could be a blast from the past, many of these styles were made to look “modern” and can add a unique vintage flair to contemporary decor.
  • There are a lot of designs that are extremely simple to allow the sheer functionality of the light shine. If you’re in doubt, then going with simplicity will be your best bet.
  • Make a big statement by going with a pull down chandelier for your foyer or dining room. These are more common in antique and Victorian styles.

The ability to adjust a pull down light fixture is very convenient and just straight up cool, so we don’t blame you for wanting one. When your friends and family see the new adjustable light fixture in your home, the first thing they’ll be asking you is where you got it. Enjoy the selection we have picked out for you below!

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Dim Control Inverted Pendant Light

Dim Control Inverted Pendant Light
Give your house an austere, industrial touch with this simple, yet stylish light pendant, made out of metal. The dome-shaped shade of the lamp is rather shallow, providing an unusual element to the lamp. It is fully constructed out of metal with a broad variety of different color options and finishes and makes for a perfect finish to a family dinner, a modern living room, or even a study room.

Metal Medium Sized Pendant Bowl Light

Metal Medium Sized Pendant Bowl Light
Fill your home with a unique vibe, created with this one-of-a-kind pendant light with a lampshade constructed in the shape of a bowl. The frame of the lamp is made out of thick metal, which gives the construction strength, and the man part of the bowl is crafted out of stained glass in a white color. The lamp has a couple of decorative elements above the lampshade, giving the whole piece a retro touch.

150 Watt Hardwired Bowl Pendant Light

150 Watt Hardwired Bowl Pendant Light
If you’re looking for a vintage vibe that will finish of your 1950s stylized kitchen or a dining room, just take a look at this beautiful ceiling pendant lighting with a bell-shaped shade made out of metal with a reflective finish, which shines in the sunlight. The lamp provides perfect illumination when placed above a kitchen island, sure to both make the cooking process easier and give the room a sophisticated touch.

Modern Cone Shaped Bowl Pendant Light

Modern Cone Shaped Bowl Pendant Light
A contemporary ceiling pendant lamp with a bowl-shaped lampshade meant for illuminating a dining room, a kitchen, or even a family living room. The lampshade is crafted out of metal and has a brushed nickel finish, which gives the lamp its modern vibe. The cone-shaped top of the shade holds the lamp in place and sports a long, adjustable cord, which can even suspend the lamp from a sloped ceiling.

Stainless Steel Nautical Mini Pendant Light

Stainless Steel Nautical Mini Pendant Light
With an aquatic vibe and an appearance as if taken straight from a naval vessel, this minimalistic pendant light in a miniature size is sure to fit great in an open kitchen or a spacious dining room. The lamp is crafted entirely out of stainless steel with a brushed nickel finish, which not only makes the lamp extra-durable but also gives it a nice, contemporary touch. The insides of the shade are layered with white paint, which nicely reflects the light and provides even more illumination.

Small Compact Inverted Pendant Light

Small Compact Inverted Pendant Light
This miniature pendant light will ensure that any room in your household stays brightly lit despite its small dimensions. The petite size of the lamp makes it space-efficient and perfect for small living spaces, while its inverted lampshade gives the piece a contemporary style with a small retro touch. The lamp is made out of metal, which reduces the amount of required maintenance to the bare minimum, and is meant to be used in indoor areas.

Vintage Pendant Light With Dim Control

Vintage Pendant Light With Dim Control
This elegant pendant light could be just the finishing piece you are searching for to a vintage-inspired living room or an old-fashioned kitchen. The lamp is made in a nautical style and is crafted entirely out of metal, which not only makes it sturdy and durable but also provides it with an eclectic touch. The lampshade of the lamp is bowl-shaped and has an adjustable downrod, fitted with a matching ceiling mount to be placed above.

Hessmer 1 - Light Single Dome Pendant

Hessmer 1 - Light Single Dome Pendant
Made of wood and antique brass, this lamp is a stunning addition to any room in the house. Its dimmable features and adjustable height combine modern edge with outward rustic charm making it a beautiful focal point. Enjoy this lamp even more knowing it has been sustainably sourced and made with recycled materials.

Knoxville 1-Light Single Bell Pendant

Knoxville 1-Light Single Bell Pendant
Perfect for a modern interior, this sleek pendant light boasts dimmable features and height adjustment, making it a stunning and practical addition to your home. The 10.5” diameter shade is available in five different metallic finishes, from sleek chrome to on-trend natural brass.

Moris 1 - Light Single Bell Pendant

Moris 1 - Light Single Bell Pendant
Made using handcrafted techniques, no two lamps are the same and will be the focal point of any room. This contemporary piece will instantly become a beloved classic in your home and provides dimmable options and height management. It is available in two different fixture finishes and four lamp shade colors, so you are sure to find the perfect combination for your home.

Bodalla 1 - Light Single Dome Pendant

Bodalla 1 - Light Single Dome Pendant
Inspired by nautical design, this pendant lamp features dimmable options and height adjustments, allowing you to place this piece in a variety of locations around your home. Available in over 30 color options, this 13.75'' shade can be hung at a maximum height of 89.87'' to make a dramatic statement in your home.

Mid century modern pull down reel light

Mid century modern pull down reel light
An attention-grabbing retro pulled down hanging lamp resembling a flying saucer. An upper part of a spaceship-lampshade, an egg-like stem and a round mount are of gold-finished metal. A bottom part of this 'UFO vehicle' is of bluish glass.

Large Retro Vintage 60s 70s Guzzini Rise Fall Pulldown Pull Down Light Lamp

Large Retro Vintage 60s 70s Guzzini Rise Fall Pulldown Pull Down Light Lamp
The 70's are back! This Guzzini Rise & Fall Pulldown Light Lamp constitutes a great funky accent in one's interior. Combined with this type of wall tiles, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Vintage 1960s Lucite Lamp Moe Vibrant Fiesta Rare Mid Century Ceiling Pull Down

Vintage 1960s Lucite Lamp Moe Vibrant Fiesta Rare Mid Century Ceiling Pull Down
Ceiling mounted pull down lamp with a very nice, multi-color shade inspired by 1960s. Solid ceiling mounting rod is made of materials that are resistant to wear. This lamp assures illumination and attractive appearance.

Vintage mid century copper pull down

Vintage mid century copper pull down
Designed in mid-century style and made of copper, this pull down lamp fixture is a nice way to bring some ambient light on your deck or patio. The lamp has a convenient handle on the bottom, so you can adjust its height as you please.

Vintage pull down space age atomic

Vintage pull down space age atomic
A decorative addition for accentuating contemporary decor, this vintage lamp is quite functional, especially, thanks to its pull-down design that allows you to easily adjust its height. The lamp was made in the 1960s and measures approx. 17" inches in diameter.

Gerald Thurston Lightolier Swing Sconce Lamp And Hanging Pull Down Vintage Model

Gerald Thurston Lightolier Swing Sconce Lamp And Hanging Pull Down Vintage Model
Wall lamp fitted with swing arm. Frame is made of metal with gold finish. Great addition for the bedroom, living room and others interiors according to taste and need.

Mid century pull down lamp atomic gold

Mid century pull down lamp atomic gold
The unique shape and design of this mid-range pull down lamp is a great touch for any interior design. Ancient design and a beautiful blue color shade combined with a gold mount charms. The perfect solution for the living room.

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As they said - beauty lies in simplicity. This minimalistic hanging lamp inspired of seventies style is a proof that this sentence is true. Sectional lampshade is made of lacquered ceramic and hanged on spiral chain.

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This impressive set of lamps is an original combination of functionality, unusual design and beautiful colors. The whole combines golden frames and handles with beautiful blue, green and black patterns.

Modern vintage danish pull down metal glass diffuser ceiling lamp

... Modern Vintage Danish pull down metal glass diffuser ceiling lamp

Pull down dining room light

Contemporary pull-down lamp in Asia influenced style. Translucent polycarbonate shade resembles premium parchment paper. Elegant wood canopy, handcrafted from alder wood, contributes to simple but lovable design.

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Pull down lamp in neutral form. Lampshade is made of metal and glass. Suitable for living room, kitchen, dining room and others interiors according to taste and need.

Pull down lamps 3

This light and very impressive in its simplicity, the lamp is an attractive detail ideal for living room, dining room or kitchen. Beautiful white lampshade with metal clasp presents stylish and neat.

Pull down lamps 5

A modern take on a contemporary pull-down ceiling lamp made out of chromed aluminium with a shiny polish and a glossy finish. The handle on the bottom of the lamp allows adjusting the height of it, which provides a handy detail.

Retro ceiling light 1970s 3 tier pull down lamp

Retro Ceiling Light, 1970s, 3 tier Pull Down Lamp

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Pull down lamp in neutral form. Lampshade is made of metal and gives warm tone of light. Application in all kinds of interiors as needed.

Kichler 65168 tiffany artaxerxes pull down hanging lamp

Kichler 65168 Tiffany Artaxerxes Pull-Down Hanging Lamp

Retractable ceiling light fixtures

Pull down lamp in industrial style. It is mounted on adjustable arm. Frame and lampshade are made of metal. Suitable for residential and commercial premises. Simple form and functional design for each place as needed.

Vintage pull down pendant lamp

Vintage pull down pendant lamp

Retractable light fixtures

Retro design for a 1970s retro pull down ceiling light in a vintage style, made out of white-painted aluminum with a chromed, high polish shiny finish and a handle around the light, which makes it easy to adjust the height.

Pull down pendant lights shop for the best price compare

Pull down pendant lights | Shop for the Best Price Compare Deals

Flying saucer light fixtures

For those, who want a cool UFO lamp shining down on them, should, definitely, check this pull-down lamp. The metal lamp works smoothly, and has a convenient handle, allowing you to easily adjust the lamp's height according to your needs.

Pull down light

Pull Down Light

Pull down lamp

Thanks to its functional solutions, you can easily regulate the lamp's height according to your needs. The lamp is durable and nice to look at, crafted of quality metal, along with its zigzag design, ball fixture, and conical shade.

Pull down ceiling lights

ELK Lighting Farmhouse 1-Light Pull-Down Pendant Ceiling Lamp in Antique Brass -

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An interesting industrial style ceiling lamp crafted of brushed metal. It's equipped with a pulley so can be pulled down or up. It's built of a round backplate, weights, 2 horizontal bars with a C-shaped grip and 2 conical lampshades.

Pull down light

Designed in mid-century style, this oval dining table with 2 stools and 1 pull down lamp, can be a great move to make your kitchen snazzier and tastier. The lamp has a unique, brown shade, and it can be adjusted in terms of its height.

Retractable light fixture

A beautiful combination of mid-century style and modern solutions, this Danish lamp is as functional as eye-catchy. Its pull-down design allows you to adjust the height of the lamp, setting the light beam according to your needs.

Retractable lighting fixtures

Modernist Pull Down Hanging Lamp from Gepo Eames Panton Guzinni Era  | eBay

Pull down light fitting

Created of quality ceramic in a cream finish, this pull-down lamp can be easily adjusted to your needs. Its functional design and eye-catchy silhouette make the lamp as practical as beautiful.

Retractable lights

This vintage pull-down Lamp from Dijkstra is pretty great. Not sure I have the space-aged house for it. But if I did...

Pull down light fixture parts

Hanging Lamp Pull Down 1950 Black and by cabinintheheartland

Pull down pendant

Bradley & Hubbard Mission Style Pull Down Lamp. At Hunt & Gather:

Pull down kitchen light

Mom used to have this pull down lamp

339 1950s brushed aluminum pull down light fixture 9

339: 1950s brushed aluminum pull down light fixture, 9

Specify color or finish select an option bright nickel polished

Specify Color or Finish: Select an Option Bright Nickel Polished Brass

164 brass kitchen pull down oil lamp with milk glass

164: Brass kitchen pull down oil lamp with milk glass s

Pull down light fixture

Created back in 20th-century, this lovely lamp represents a farmhouse style combined with functional design. It is height adjustable, covered in an antique brass finish, and requires one 60 W or 13 W CFL medium bulb.

Retractable ceiling lights

Paavo Tynell, Bullet Counterweight Fixture for Taito of Finland, 1950s.

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