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How To Select a Chandelier

How to select a chandelier size that is in proportion to the table along with the room and hanging at the correct height for optimal lighting and balance.

Select a Dining Room Chandelier that is 40-50% of the table width or slightly larger for oblong tables. Table size is the primary determining factor in selecting a chandelier that hangs over a table and room size is secondary. Dining Room Chandelier Hanging Height is almost always 30-36" from the bottom of the chandelier to the table top with few exceptions for grand banquet halls and large commercial dining areas. 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 and more intimate atmosphere.

Select a Living Room Chandelier based on the room size. Add the room length + width in feet then convert to inches. Example: If a living room is 10 feet wide and 15 feet long, then 10+15=25" and a 25" wide chandelier is about the ideal size. Living Room Chandelier Hanging height should be at least 7 feet above the floor for an 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Select a Foyer Light based on the room size. Add the room length + width in feet then convert to inches and this is the MAXIMUM foyer chandelier width. Very tall and narrow foyer lights fit perfectly with high cathedral ceiling entry rooms. Foyer Light Hanging Height should be at least 7 feet above the floor for an 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Select a Pendant Light or Swag Lamp that is a maximum of  50% of the island, bar or table width and as small as 2" wide for kitchen and dining bars. Hanging height should be 30-36" above the table or bar top.

Select an Island Light (Large Wide Styles with Multiple Lights) that is 1/3 - 1/2 the bar length. Hanging Height should be 30-36" above the island bar or table top.

Examples of Correct & Incorrect Chandeliers Sizes & Hanging Heights:

The above chandelier is too big and wide for table
This chandelier is too large and hangs too high creating a detached unwelcoming atmosphere.
Even if hung at the correct height, the chandelier would still overpower the table.

The above chandelier is slightly large for the table but wrong color
Chandelier is too large for the table.

Chandelier is hung too high over table
Chandelier is hanging too high above the table.

Chandelier is the correct size but hangs too high over table
The above chandelier is the correct size but hangs too high.

Chandelier is too big for table
The drum pendant light is too large and overpowering.

Chandelier hangs too low over table
The messy pendant light hangs too low and directly in the line of sight of anyone sitting at the table.

Chandelier is too big and not centered over table
This antler chandelier is too large and not centered over table.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too high over table
This crystal chandelier is too large and hangs too high over the table.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too low over table
This overpowering chandelier is hanging far too low and it is far too large.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too low over table
The drum pendant light is too large and overpowering and hangs too low.

Chandelier hangs too high and is off center from table
This crystal chandelier is off center of the table and hanging too high.

Chandelier is the correct size and hung at correct height over table
This is the correct size chandelier but it hangs too high above the table.

Pendant light is hanging too high over the table
This island light is the correct size for the table but hangs too high.

Perfect chandelier size and hanging height for the table and the room
This is the correct size chandelier for the table and the room and it hangs at the perfect height.