Architectural Outdoor Pendants

Laterna, the modern lantern style outdoor pendant lighting fixture


With strong angles contrasting a pure inner light, Laterna complements both architectural and natural environments. These fixtures are 17.5" by 17.5" and offer a bold, modern take on the classic lantern style. Imagine this luminaire gently swaying above outdoor dining areas, campus walkways, and rooftop gardens. 

Sequence outdoor pendant light


Sequence outdoor pendants offer designers the most flexibility due to their clean forms and multiple variations. With twelve different models available in 4" and 8" diameters, in 2', 3' or 4' lengths, white or RGB, and with high/low lumen output, these luminous cylinder pendants are perfect for creative lighting designs. 

Zume outdoor globe pendant mounted in catenary configuration


These outdoor globe pendants are perfect for a welcoming atmosphere. Available in 16" or 20" diameter in catenary or canopy configuration, with a customizable laser-cut spun aluminum cap, Zume enhances outdoor spaces with a glowing, organic aesthetic.

Three application images of our outdoor pendants, all outside

What is Catenary Lighting? 

The word "catenary" means any curve formed by a wire, rope or chain hanging freely from two points. Catenary pendants are mounted on a specially-designed catenary cable that is strung between two support structures (like buildings or poles).

We've taken our outdoor luminaire expertise and applied it to outdoor pendant light fixture design.

Each of these three outdoor pendants is available in two types of mounting configurations: canopy and catenary.

"Canopy" refers to outdoor pendants that are mounted underneath an existing structure like an overhang or roof. Because they are outdoors, canopy fixtures must still be capable of withstanding water and wind, but they are mounted similarly to some indoor pendants. 

Catenary pendants, on the other hand, are built to be suspended from a cable. The width and length of the catenary cable depends entirely on how many fixtures are suspended and how heavy those fixtures are—that's why catenary lighting designs must be completed with the help of a structural engineer. 

These pendants also work in pergola lighting designs. Depending on the strength of the pergola, they may be mounted canopy or catenary-style. 

Designing catenary pendants was a unique challenge for us, but it paid off. These outdoor pendants were engineered and tested to offer stylish, durable, and long-lasting solutions for the outdoor lighting market. 

How can lighting design benefit from catenary systems? 


Improve sightlines

Create more walking space

Enhance outdoor gatherings

Draw crowds 

Bring light into natural spaces for safety and security 

Complement surrounding nature

Upgrade patio or pergola lighting designs 

Where do outdoor pendants fit? 

Trends show more business and leisure activities moving outside every year, and those spaces need a fresh look. Without blocking walkways and views, catenary luminaires can span the light across wide areas.

Architectural catenary designs can improve many outdoor spaces, including parks, boardwalks, downtown marketplaces, campus walkways, courtyards, amusement parks, dining areas, bridges, atriums, entryways, outdoor event venues and more.

How are outdoor pendants tested? 

Unlike indoor products, specification-grade outdoor luminaires must be designed and manufactured to withstand the elements. This is especially tricky for outdoor pendants, which aren't anchored tightly down to a mounting surface. Because they are subject to movement from wind and road vibrations, catenary lighting fixtures need to be particularly resistant. 

Laterna, Sequence, and Zume are all tested to UL1598 and IP65. In addition, they also pass ANSI C136.31, the national standard for roadway and area lighting equipment to withstand vibration. This test far exceeded the stress a catenary fixture would need to endure (because it is meant for rigid mounting), but all three luminaires were designed to meet that industry mark. 

Zume globe pendants as part of a pergola lighting design

What can you do with catenary lighting? 

Because catenary designs allow you to span luminaires over outdoor areas without additional structures, the design possibilities are exciting. We designed the luminaire bodies and quick connection accessories to allow for flexibility of design without too much bulk. 

However, everything must be carefully calculated. A structural engineer must sign off on catenary designs to determine fixture weight, the space between structures, tether use, power connection, and the width and sag of the catenary cable. Check out our Catenary Design Guide for more information on architectural outdoor pendants and their design options. 


We are excited to ensure your design's success. Check out our Catenary Design Guide for diagrams and specific guidelines for beginning an outdoor pendant project. If you have any additional questions, please give us a call


View all custom catenary accessories we offer to supplement your outdoor pendant lighting design. A few of these accessories, like the quick connections and mounting brackets, were specially designed by Visa Lighting engineers.