Wicker furniture has a reputation for being suitable for outdoor use, but there are so many indoor wicker pieces that could compliment or complete an existing theme or decor. Shuffling through your many options, a rattan light fixture might be just what you need.
Before we get into that part of the article where you show you some amazing wicker and rattan fixture, we wanted to go over some basic knowledge and debunk the myth that has everyone thinking that wicker and rattan mean the exact same thing.
Top 3 Picks
Budget Pick: Medrano 1 – Light Single Bell Pendant
Rattan light fixtures tend to fall on the more expensive side, so when you find a budget-oriented pick like this one, you can’t let the opportunity pass by.
Unique Design: SkyTalent Fish-Shaped Lantern
Shaped like a fish and meeting all our standards of what a quality rattan fixture should be like, this choice from SkyTalent is definitely an eye-catcher.
Customer’s Choice: KOUBOO 1050030 Wicker Ball Pendant Lamp
“I love this lamp! It is elegant, light, natural and gives the dining room a warm cozy feeling.” (Customer review)
Wicker vs. Rattan
First and foremost, let’s address one of the most important questions on this topic: what is the difference between wicker and rattan since most people assume that it’s the same thing. Even if these two terms are used interchangeably, it’s important to note that they are quite different from one another.
To make it very clear: rattan is the name of the material while wicker is the style of the weave. It’s basically the same difference as the one between cotton and percale, one is the fiber, and the other one is the weave. The reason why a lot of people confuse the two terms is that there are many product descriptions and expressions that say “wicker rattan”, but this means that you’re dealing with a product that uses rattan material in a wicker weave.
How to Clean a Wicker Light Fixture
If you want to clean a wicker light fixture, you’ll pretty much have to take into consideration the main rules that apply when cleaning just about any piece of indoor wicker furniture (since outdoor wicker furniture is most likely made with synthetic wicker, which is way more resistant and don’t require handling with that much care). So, when it comes to cleaning a rattan light fixture or some other rattan thing inside the house (like a basket or maybe a chair), here are some of the things to keep in mind:
- If possible, try to remove the wicker fixture from the base, so that you don’t touch any of the electrical components of the light. It will help you work safer.
- If you can’t move the rattan shade from the base, make sure that the lights are turned off so you can work in absolute safety. And, whatever you do, avoid touching the light bulb while you’re cleaning the fixture as much as possible (if need be, you can remove the bulbs, just make sure nothing gets inside the components – like cleaning solution).
- You should dust your rattan fixtures on a regular basis. You can use microfiber duster or some other type of clean cloth to do so. A lot of people still use feather duster, which is also ok.
- If you notice that you’re dealing with stubborn and heavy dust, you can also use a soft-bristled paintbrush. It will help you remove dirt from crevices that would otherwise be difficult to reach.
- When you’re cleaning a rattan fixture, you need to take your time and make sure that you have all the supplies at hand. Climbing up and down a ladder or a chair isn’t very convenient.
- In case you managed to take the rattan shade off the fixture, you can also use a solution made from mild detergent and water. Whatever you do, make sure that the shade is completely clean before you put it back in its rightful place.
Different Types of Light Fixtures
While light fixtures can be divided into multiple categories and subcategories, there are six main ones that stand out of the crowd:
- Ceiling-mounted fixtures, just as the name suggests, are lighting fixtures mounted directly on the ceiling. This is a rather broad category, with plenty of other subcategories to consider. These fixtures come with shades that are usually made from plastic, fabric, or glass, but can also be made from rattan. The shade is designed to conceal the lightbulb and diffuse the light to a rather even extent. They can be used as a primary lighting source, unlike accent lights.
- Pendants are a special category of light mounted fixtures because they hand down from a rod, a cable, or a cord. At the end that meets the ceiling, you have your regular lighting fixture base, while the end that hands down supports the bulb and the shade of the fixture. They are commonly placed above tables or kitchen islands because of their low profile that could get in the way if placed in the middle of the room or in other spots with high traffic.
- Recessed lighting is normally installed above the ceiling in order to conceal the entire mechanism of the light. That means that you won’t see any shades when it comes to recessed lights, as their primary goal is to be as discreet as possible.
- Spotlights and track lights are fixtures that are literally mounted on a track that’s either leveled with the ceiling or hung underneath it. These types of lights usually have adjustable heads that allow you to redirect the light to your points of interest.
- Wall sconces are wall-mounted fixtures that are usually installed at eye-level. Depending on the model in question, the light can illuminate upwards or downwards, with the former being suitable for ambient lighting and the latter, for task lighting. Wall sconces aren’t usually used to illuminate a large room, but they are quite popular bedroom lights, especially when placed on the left and right side of the bed.
- Cove lighting refers to an elegant type of lighting that is usually integrated in the upper part of a ceiling or wall. Hidden from view, this type of lighting is specific to more elegant rooms and usually projects the light upwards toward the ceiling, meaning it will serve you only if you’re looking for diffuse ambient lighting.
10 Amazing Wicker and Rattan Light Fixture Ideas
Our first suggestion for today is a wicker pendant light fixture. It is a fixture that measures 18 x 18 x 15 inches and weighs 7.48 pounds. If you add the power cord to the measurements, that would be a total height of 53 inches, but this can be reduced by shortening the cord. The fixture is comparable with a 60W bulb, which is available as a separate purchase (manufacturer recommends pairing this with a non-frosted bulb for better visuals).
The next product suggestion comes from the same manufacturer and it’s a wicker ball pendant lamp that has an 18-inch diameter and an electric cord that could lead to a total height of 84 inches. Aside from the shape of the shade, it’s pretty much identical to the fixture we showed you earlier. It’s also compatible with 60W bulbs (not included with the initial purchase) and can be wiped clean using a dry soft cloth.
We fell in love with the design of this particular wicker light fixture because it is woven in the shape of a fish. It is a product that can be used indoors and outdoors as well, thanks to its weather-resistant resin coating. The fixture measures 23.6 x 9.8 x 11.8 inches and works with a 60W bulb. The package includes the light fixture, the compatible hardware, and an installation manual. The cable it comes with measures 40 inches and can be adjusted.
Next up, we wanted to show you this Elodie fixture, designed to offer the very best in terms of what a wicker pendant fixture can do. It hangs from a 30-inch chair that can be shortened if needed by simply removing some of the links. It uses a 60-watt light bulb of your choice, be it LED, halogen, or incandescent. This hardwired fixture measures 14.5” H x 11” W x 11” D and is made from natural wicker.
Handcrafted from naturally gown rattan, this bell-shaped fixture adds natural beauty to your home, be it a coastal-inspired one or a boho-centered one. Using a 60-watt bulb, this fixture measures 26” H x 22” W x 22” D and has an overall weight of 7 pounds. If you’re worried about how you’re going to clean it, know that you can use a feather duster or a clean dry cloth to wipe the surface of the shade.
Available in a light shade, this cream light pendant offers the very best in terms of wicker shades and a fixture that creates an exquisite piece of decor. The dome-shaped pendant houses a single 60-watt bulb which has to be purchased separately (we’d really love to see these things sold with a light bulb for once, just to eliminate the extra hassle). The fixture measures 12” H x 10” W x 10” D and comes with a clear and adjustable cord that has 57 inches in length.
Another beautiful wicker fixture is this one from Bay Isle Home. It measures 8.27” H x 19.69” W x 19.69” D and is made from hand-woven bamboo, and not rattan (as the title of the product would have you believe). This Chinese-style pendant, while advertised as a vintage product, is suitable for a multitude of different decors. It has an adjustable cable that measures 47.24 inches in length. It is compatible with bulbs of maximum 40 watts.
This Highland Dunes single globe pendant excels in simplicity, with a design that allows it to blend into several room decors. It measures 22” H x 24” W x 24” D and is compatible with 60W bulbs that are not included with the original purchase. With a brown shade and a globe design, the Highland Dunes fixture is the kind of product you want when you’re looking for a simple wicker shade to integrate in your home decor.
Another exquisite Bay Isle Home fixture for those looking to embed wicker into their home decor is the Caren. This hand-woven fixture is designed to provide you with a drum-shaped pendant that’s compatible with LED, halogen, and incandescent bulbs of maximum 60 watts. Housing a single bulb, this unfinished natural rattan appearance is perfect boho-style homes, rustic rooms, and other types of decors.
Our last suggestion for today is another product from Bay Isle Home in the shape of a drum-style pendant that offers a beautiful design for everyone to admire. Measuring 14” H x 27” W x 27” D, the fixture can house two 60-watt bulbs. It comes with an 85-inch chain that can be adjusted by simply removing some of the links. The swirled wicker construction is exquisite and intriguing, being a great choice for different rooms inside the house.
Getting lost in the ocean of different light fixtures is easy, especially because they are extremely versatile in terms of materials that are used to make them and styles that are more or less suitable for your particular needs. It’s important to know that if you’re looking for an outdoor rattan fixture, you want to choose one made from synthetic rattan or natural rattan that has been treated and can withstand the elements.