One of the lighting fixtures that took us longest to choose was the one meant to hang over the dining table. The popular choice is the pendant lamp with retractable cord but the designs we found were too saloon-ish. I wanted something different — something that was both unassuming yet capable of making a definite statement. After three weeks of going through shops in three cities, we finally chose a pendant lamp with a bamboo design.
The top is open and there are five lights arranged in a circle inside the shade. Speedy originally installed warm yellow lights but the glow did funny things to the photos of the food I took on the dining table. I asked him to change them to white.
We loved this lamp from the moment we saw it and we never had second thoughts. The price was great too. Less than P3,000.00 (oh, I forget which store). What we didn’t count on was the presence of antflies. Gamu-gamo, in the vernacular. Antflies gravitate to light the way bees and butterflies gravitate towards flowers.
In the suburb, antflies are much larger than the ones found in the city. And there are a lot of them during the rainy season. I used to predict the coming of rains based on the presence of gamu-gamo. They are a pretty accurate indicator, really.
The thing about antflies and the dining room light is that because the lamp is open at the top, the antflies fly directly into the hot light, die and fall to the bottom of the lamp.
When we’re eating and we look up, we can see the dead gamu-gamo and the girls go, “Eeewwww…” The upside is that they don’t fall into our food after getting scorched.
The other problem is dust. Dust settles at the bottom of the lamp. Since renovations are still ongoing, we still get a fair amount of dust. The lamp has to be tilted sideways and cleaned out with a feather duster every few days.
So, if you’re planning on getting a pendant lamp with a similar structure, you might want to consider those things.