Hanging light fixtures are almost always both decorative and functional. A pendant or chandelier can set the mood of a room and help define the decor. We seldom use hanging lights as the only source of light in the room but they are often the focal point.
An important point to remember when choosing hanging lights, is that these fixtures can sometimes weigh over a hundred pounds. It is important to let your contractor know, in advance, if you plan on using a very heavy light, so the structure supporting the light can be designed accordingly.