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Chandelier Size & Hanging Height

Select the correct size chandelier or pendant light and hang it at the proper height in any room of your home.

Dining Room Chandeliers: Dining room chandelier size (width) should be 40-50% of a round dining room table and 50-60% of an oblong dining room table as table size is the primary determining factor and room size is secondary.
Dining room chandelier height should place the bottom of the chandelier 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting on the table top while not interfering with line of sight. Chandeliers at this height define the space and provide a cozier welcoming atmosphere.

Living Room Chandeliers:
Living room chandelier size (width) is determined by adding the room length + width in feet then simply change feet to inches. i.e. If living room size is 10'x20', then 10+20=30" wide chandelier is the ideal size.
Living room chandelier height should place the bottom of the chandelier at least 7 feet above the floor for 8 foot ceiling. Add 4-6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Foyer Light
Foyer entry light size (width) is determined the same as a living room chandelier by adding the room length + width in feet then simply change feet to inches. i.e. If foyer size is 10'x20', then 10+20=30" wide chandelier is the ideal size. Tall narrow entry lights work especially well with a high ceiling foyer that has a smaller length and width.
Foyer chandelier height should place the bottom of the chandelier at least 7 feet above the floor for 8 foot ceiling. Add 4-6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Pendant Light
Pendant light size (width) should be a maximum of 40-50% of the island, bar or table width and often much less. Mini pendant lights as small as 3" wide work perfectly over most kitchen islands and dining bars.
Pendant light height should place the bottom of the pendant 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting while not interfering with line of sight.

Mini Pendant Lights for the kitchen island or dining bar should be between 2-12" wide for islands up to 30" deep. Height should place the bottom of the pendant 30-36" above the bar top.

Island Light - Large Wide Styles with Multiple Lights
Island light size (width) should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the bar length.
Island light height should place the bottom of the light 30-36" above the island bar or table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting while not interfering with line of sight.

Swag Lamp
Swag lamp size (width) should be 40-50% of a round dining room table and 50-60% of an oblong dining room table as table size is the primary determining factor and room size is secondary.
Swag lamp height should place the bottom of the swag 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting on the table top while not interfering with line of sight.

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