Nelson

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Part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, these sculptural pendant lamps are designed by George Nelson. Instant icons of mid-century modernism when introduced in 1947, they are constructed of a steel wire frame and covered with translucent plastic, emitting a soft, even light.

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Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant
 
4.8

(based on 83 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great design (70)
  • Adequate light output (62)
  • Easy to install (52)
  • Easy to change bulb (46)
  • Good price / value (39)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • Difficult to clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Over dining table (62)
  • Ambiance (48)
  • Decoration (38)
  • Primary light source (23)
  • Hall lighting (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Modern/contemporary (48), Mid-century modern (42), Survivalist / minimalist (20), Eclectic (14), Vintage (8)

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5.0

Can you fall in love with a Lamp?

By ModFan

from Seattle, WA

Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adequate light output
  • Affordable
  • Easy to change bulb
  • Easy to install
  • Great design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Ambiance
    • Decoration
    • Over dining table
    • Primary light source

    Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

    Live in 1913 house, and as soon as the Nelson Saucer was in, it completely changed the vibe of the room and completely modernized the room...I am in love with a lamp!

    • I live in a:
    • House
    • This product is used in my:
    • Dining area

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    4.0

    looks great, still airing it out

    By nelson saucer pendant

    from san francisco

    Style Modern/contemporary

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Ambiance
      • Decoration

      Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

      Its gorgeous and will look great once we install it. However, we are currently letting it air out in the garage because there is a strong smell on it.

      • I live in a:
      • House
      • This product is used in my:
      • Living room/family room/great room

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      5.0

      Great classic

      By sparr

      from San Francisco, CA

      Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adequate light output
      • Affordable
      • Great design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Over dining table

        Customer comments about Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant:

        A clean, classic design with great light output (ours is on a dimmer). It's new so I haven't changed the bulbs yet.

        • I live in a:
        • Apartment/condo
        • This product is used in my:
        • Dining area

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        5.0

        Fantastic Pendant Lamp

        By Melodi

        from Florida

        Style Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate light output
        • Affordable
        • Easy to install
        • Great design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Over dining table

          Customer comments about Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant:

          I cannot always afford the beautifully designed, high quality furniture that I love, but this pendant lamp is so affordable and captures the simple beauty that I desire. I've now begun purchasing all of my furniture from Room and Board and wish I'd discovered them earlier so that some of my other key pieces were from R&B, too.

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          • This product is used in my:
          • Dining area

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          5.0

          Classic and Fun Light

          By Midcentury Style Fan

          from Naperville, IL

          Style Mid-century modern

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adequate light output
          • Affordable
          • Great design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Over dining table

            Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

            The light is the finishing touch to my midcentury styled combination living and dining area. Have it over the Bradshaw Room and Board dining table. Makes the room fun! Used a dimmer switch and LED light bulb. Try different LED bulbs (make sure first that it can be returned to the store) to find the right light that makes the saucer-shaped shade glow. Highly recommend the light. Tried the smaller version but not enough size and light for a dining area that is in a larger room.

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            5.0

            Love this!

            By s'marti

            from chicago

            Style Mid-century modern

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adequate light output
            • Affordable
            • Easy to change bulb
            • Easy to install
            • Great design

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Over dining table

            Customer comments about Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant:

            I didn't count on the lovely glow it gives.

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            • Apartment/condo
            • This product is used in my:
            • Dining area

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            5.0

            Beautiful statement piece

            By Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

            from Minneaapolis, MN

            Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adequate light output
            • Affordable
            • Easy to change bulb
            • Easy to install
            • Great design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Over dining table

              Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

              Haven't hung the lamp yet but it's gonna look great over the Saarinen table and the Bertoia chais.

              Service and delivery comments:

              There was a slight glitch in scheduling delivery, it was scheduled to arrive too soon (has anyone ever said that before?). Once we got that straightened out it arrive exactly as scheduled.

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              • Dining area

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              5.0

              Perfect for over my dining table

              By Mid century modern fan

              from Palm Springs, ca

              Style Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary, Vintage

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adequate light output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Over dining table

                Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                Using this lighting fixture over my dining table. Just the right amount of light to provide a great dining experience.

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                • Dining area

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                5.0

                Classic

                By 1958 rancher

                from Nashville, TN

                Style Mid-century modern

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adequate light output
                • Affordable
                • Easy to install
                • Great design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Ambiance
                  • Decoration
                  • Over dining table
                  • Primary light source

                  Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                  As expected, this fixture is perfect! I have it over my dining room table and I have a dimmer on it. It puts off just the right amount of light. And, the view from the street through the dining room window is great.

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                  • This product is used in my:
                  • Dining area

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                  4.0

                  attractive overhead light

                  By Home Furnishing Project Manager

                  from Baltimore, Maryland

                  Style Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adequate light output
                  • Affordable
                  • Easy to change bulb
                  • Easy to install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Ambiance
                    • Decoration
                    • Hall lighting
                    • Over dining table
                    • Primary light source

                    Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                    As soon as I opened the box, I could smell a plastic odor. After a while I did not notice it, but my husband could still smell it.

                    The best thing about this light fixture is the beautiful glow. I generally dislike overhead lighting but this fixture is an exception. It provides a lot of light without being annoying. Great style, too.

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                    • Apartment/condo
                    • This product is used in my:
                    • Living room/family room/great room

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                    • Nelson Saucer Small Pendant

                      Q:

                      What color and material is the canopy that comes with the pendant?
                      Asked on 6/17/2014 by Lily from Lake Forest, CA

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        All of our Nelson Pendant lights have a silver plated ceiling base canopy.

                        Answered on 6/18/2014 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      How large is the opening at the bottom of the lamp?
                      Asked on 4/3/2014 by Kyle from New York, NY

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        Pendant opening on bottom is approx. 4" d.

                        Answered on 4/4/2014 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      Can I use an LED light bulb in the pendant to get a higher wattage?
                      Asked on 3/13/2014 by cindy from madison, wi

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        reasons do not exceed the recommended bulb wattage, as wattage is actually a measure of electricity, not the brightness of a bulb.

                        Answered on 3/14/2014 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      I need to change the bulb on my saucer pendant, but cannot fit my hand in through the bottom to do it - does the metal come out and, if not, how do you do it?
                      Asked on 12/15/2013 by phatwa

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The metal is not removable. If your hand does not fit in the metal ring, it may be helpful to use a tool to change the bulb such as a rubber or silicone tipped tongs.

                        Answered on 12/16/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Small Pendant

                      Q:

                      I am not sure if I need a small or a medium Nelson saucer pendant for my dining room. I am leaning towards the medium size. I have a dining room table with an extension. The full table is 74" long x 33" wide. Without the extension the table is 55". We do leave the extension piece in most of the time because we have two large dining chairs and we position them on just one side.
                      Asked on 12/1/2013 by Mid-century Modern Fan from Columbus, OH

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        With a pendant as iconic as the Nelson Saucer, try the larger piece first for more of a design impact in your home. If you feel it is too large for the space, it may be exchanged for a smaller size provided it hasn't been installed or altered.

                        Answered on 12/3/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Large Pendant

                      Q:

                      Could you please give me the dimensions of the package of the large nelson lamp. Thanks
                      Asked on 11/20/2013 by Ale

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The package is 38”x38”x19”—because of the box size, high shipping cost and likelihood of damage, we are not able to ship this via our standard UPS. It does have come via Room and Board in home delivery or you could make arrangements to pick up from one of our local delivery centers.

                        Answered on 11/21/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Small Pendant

                      Q:

                      what size bulb/type to i need
                      Asked on 11/19/2013 by mm

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        60W max incandescent or equivalent in halogen or fluorescent.

                        Answered on 11/19/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      I have a loft ceiling and need a cord longer than 6 feet. Is it possible to change the cord or get a longer size cord?
                      Asked on 10/27/2013 by nancy

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        We can order extra cord for your Nelson pendant. Extra cord is not installed and you would need an electrician to re-wire the pendant for you. To order, please contact our Design Associates at 800-301-9720.

                        Answered on 10/28/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant

                      Q:

                      Would you say one can read by the light emitted or is it mostly a decorative (mood light) fixture?
                      Asked on 10/22/2013 by Nicole from Royal Oak, MI

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant is covered with translucent plastic, emitting a soft, even light that is more suited for ambient rather than task lighting.

                        Answered on 10/23/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Large Pendant

                      Q:

                      I am wondering if I can pickup the Nelson Saucer Large Pendant in your Seattle store and avoid the flat rate in-home delivery on this item.

                      Laura
                      Asked on 9/9/2013 by Laura from Mukilteo, WA

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        You could order the pendant and pick it up at our Local distribution center in Kent, Washington. To do so please call a Design Associate at 800.301.9720 to order. The Seattle store does not stock the large size.

                        Answered on 9/9/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant

                      Q:

                      Does this come with a plate from which it hangs from ceiling (i.e., it's not just a cord that plugs in, right)? And can the cord that hangs down from plate be adjusted--and if so, how far down should it hang from a ceiling to look right? I have pretty low ceilings and so want to make sure this can still hang from plate the proper distance and look right. Thanks.
                      Asked on 9/4/2013 by light hungry

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The pendant is designed for hard-wire installation and does come with a ceiling plate. The cord is 6' and can be cut down to the height you feel appropriate. Depending on your space, that height will vary. We recommend testing first to determine the best height for your space.

                        Answered on 9/5/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Large Pendant

                      Q:

                      Is this pendant able to be dimmed?
                      Asked on 8/31/2013 by modern furniture fan from San Francisco, CA

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        Yes, the pendants would be compatible with a dimmer switch.

                        Answered on 9/1/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Large Pendant

                      Q:

                      I have an oval glass dining room table (72" long) with 6 chairs. Would you use the large pendant or the medium one over this table?
                      Asked on 8/31/2013 by Simple and classic from San Diego

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        I would suggest the Medium.

                        Answered on 9/1/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      I am hanging the Nelson Saucer (med) over the angled portion of my Room and Board Sectional. I have 8 ft. ceiling height. What height within a few inches should the pendant light hang from the ceiling for the right aesthetic and function. I don't want a 6'5 person to hit it but I also want it to be a useful for reading.
                      Asked on 8/26/2013 by Eclectic

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        You can try holding the pendant up at different heights before you install it to determine what looks best in your space. Approximately 7 feet off the floor would be an appropriate height based on your description of your room and needs.

                        Answered on 8/28/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      Hi, can I use a CFL light bulb on the Nelson saucer pendant?
                      Asked on 8/7/2013 by contemporary

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        A compact florescent light bulb can be used anywhere an incandescent bulb can, as long as the bulb base uses the same size socket and matches the appropriate wattage the incandescent bulb.

                        Answered on 8/7/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      About four years ago the Nelson criss-cross saucer pendant was offered in a misty blue. It no longer seems available. Do you know if R+B has any plans on reviving the color options or introducing new colors for a limited time in the near future? Thanks.
                      Asked on 7/14/2013 by teresa from a dark dining room in the sub-tropics

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The blue color was a limited edition special order offer. There are no current plans to offer other colors outside of our existing Nelson pendant collection.

                        Answered on 7/15/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      can i mount this on a sloped ceiling?
                      Asked on 7/11/2013 by MCM guy

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The Nelson saucer pendant includes a flexible 6' cord and a 5 1/4" diam brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate. It can be mounted on a sloped ceiling up to 33 degrees. We would suggest checking positioning of the pendant prior to hard wiring to the ceiling outlet.

                        Answered on 7/12/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Large Pendant

                      Q:

                      Can this pendant light be used outdoors in a covered area?
                      Asked on 7/9/2013 by Dean from atlanta

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The Nelson saucer pendant is intended for indoor use only.

                        Answered on 7/9/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      The color of the Nelson saucer pendant seems off white or more tan (which I like) while some of the other Nelson pendant shapes look more white. Is that due to the color of the light bulb, or is the shade a slightly more creamy color?
                      Asked on 7/6/2013 by looking for lighting

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        The unlit shade is a pure white. The light does look a bit more off-white when lit and this would be emphasized with a warm light bulb.

                        Answered on 7/7/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      Do you carry small size?

                      Do you install?
                      Asked on 7/6/2013 by Betty from Upper West Side of NYC

                      1 answer

                      • Employee Review

                        A:

                        Yes, we do carry the small size, it's shown in the drop down menu. Room & Board does not install light fixtures.

                        Answered on 7/7/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
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