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 71 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great design (60)
  • Adequate light output (51)
  • Easy to install (46)
  • Easy to change bulb (41)
  • Good price / value (31)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (8)
  • Difficult to clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Over dining table (51)
  • Ambiance (42)
  • Decoration (33)
  • Primary light source (20)
  • Hall lighting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Modern/contemporary (41), Mid-century modern (32), Survivalist / minimalist (15), Eclectic (13), Classic/traditional (7)

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5.0

A dream come true!

By Love George Nelson

from Brooklyn, NY

Style Classic/traditional, Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Ambiance
    • Over dining table

    Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

    Beautiful hanging lamp. Perfect over our dining table

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

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    4.0

    Beautiful & simple. And, a bit fragile!

    By KR

    from Cambridge, MA

    Style Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult to clean

    Best Uses

    • Ambiance
    • Over dining table

    Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

    I love this light. The one thing to consider is that the material is quite fragile. We left the plug sitting on it (lightly - no pressure) while we took down the old chandelier (10min, max) and it left an indentation! :( So, take caution when cleaning and never let anything rest on the fixture or rest it on anything else.

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

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    5.0

    Urgent order

    By First timer

    from Mckinney,tx

    Style Modern/contemporary

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great design

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Customer comments about Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant:

        Fabulous service went the extra mile to deliver asap

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        5.0

        Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

        By Mr.Laurence

        from Clarksburg, MD

        Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Ambiance
          • Decoration
          • Over dining table

          Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

          I installed the pendant above our small (42" round) breakfast table. The installation is straight forward. Remember to switch off the breaker. I will replace the standard on/off switch with a dimmer that supports CFL, LED and Incandescent bulbs.

          The shape and design are timeless. The material that covers the frame seems to be a durable man made fabric. Using an incandescent bulb renders a warm light as the saucer shape glows. The inner frame shows faintly through the fabric. Below the pendant a faint glowing circle of light is cast on our wooden table highlighting both the rich grain of the wood and our Tulip arrangement.

          My only complaint is the length of the cord. Our home builder installed ceiling outlet box in an odd location. It is off-set 2.5 feet from the ideal location of the table center making it necessary to "swag" the light using a hook before allowing it to decend down to the table. I will be replacing the cord with an 8' cord to compensate for the additional length required in our application.

          Overall we are very pleased with this fixture.

          Service and delivery comments:

          UPS reported a "slow trailer arrival" as the reason for the delay of our lamp. The lamp was packed well and experienced no damage.

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          4.0

          nice

          By ada

          from Washington, DC

          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

            Customer comments about Nelson Medium Criss-Cross Saucer Pendant:

            We bought this version of the saucer because of the cool criss-cross pattern. We really like how it looks in our dining room. Simple light but quite a classic one.

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            • House
            • This product is used in my:
            • Dining area

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            4.0

            Eye Catching Functional Lamp

            By Denver Loft Lounging

            from Denver, CO

            Style Mid-century modern, Minimalist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to install
            • Great design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Ambiance

              Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Large Pendant:

              I live in a traditional Denver LoDo loft and this is one of the first things people see when they walk in. It's eye catching, functional and yet still simple. I'm not into fancy or loud furniture, so this is about as big as it gets without being obnoxious or overpowering the room. The installation was very simple, but I can see this being a little difficult to clean and maintain due to the material, but I would still recommend it to anyone who is look for a great looking minimalist piece.

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

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              5.0

              A cloud of light

              By nestbuilder

              from Sausalito, CA

              Style Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adequate light output
              • Affordable
              • Clean-lined
              • Easy to change bulb
              • Easy to install
              • Geometric Organic
              • Great design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Ambiance
                • Over dining table
                • Primary light source

                Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                Since our table is off-centered in the dining area, and we have a hight pitched ceiling with heating elements built-in, we decided to hang the light from the ceiling as it is, but higher, about 5 feet from the table top. It throws beautiful ambience, and we feel we are sitting under a cloud of light!

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

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                5.0

                Beautiful Lamp

                By Jon in Seattle

                from Seattle, WA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adequate light output
                • Great design

                Cons

                • Difficult to install

                Best Uses

                • Ambiance
                • Over dining table

                Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                Wonderfully designed lamp. Great lighting for the dining table.

                Be aware that though some showrooms have the lamp wired for a plug, the lamp you receive will require wiring into an overhead fixture. For my case, a loft with bare concrete ceilings, some alternative method of hanging and wiring is required.

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

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                5.0

                The Perfect Light

                By Nelson Lamp Fan

                from Boston MA

                Style Eclectic

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Easy to change bulb
                • Great design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Ambiance
                  • Over dining table

                  Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                  We installed this lamp over our dining table and it transformed the room. The shape is lovely to look at; the light it gives off is soft and warm. We couldn't be happier. This is our second Nelson Bubble Lamp and now I'm sure we'll get at third. They are the best.

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                  5.0

                  Stunningly Classic Yet Understated

                  By leafy linda

                  from North Barrington, IL

                  Style Eclectic, Mid-century modern, Modern/contemporary, Vintage

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Customer comments about Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant:

                    Great service from cheerful professionals, love this store!

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                    • House
                    • This product is used in my:
                    • Dining area, Living room/family room/great room

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                    • 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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        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
                    • Nelson Saucer Medium Pendant

                      Q:

                      Can I plug this lamp into a wall outlet?
                      Asked on 6/1/2013 by tavey from LA

                      1 answer

                      • DESIGN ASSOCIATE

                        A:

                        The Nelson Saucer Pendant is designed for hard-wire installation.

                        Answered on 6/1/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
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