Over a kitchen island. This is by far the most common use for a pendant light. It illuminates the island top and establishes the island as the focal point for the kitchen.
Pendants at nightstands. This is a less common use, but a great way to reduce clutter on the nightstand and create a vertical connection in the room.
Hallway pendants. Placing repetitive pendants along the length of a hallway can help lower the ceiling and add interest to an often overlooked space.
Random Pendants. Randomly placing pendant lights in any room is a sure-fire way to add interest and excitement.
Pendant cluster. Why use one pendant when you could use many? Creating a large group of pendants turns them into essentially one large, interesting pendant.