Whether you’re hanging a pendant light over a dining room table or a kitchen island, the height you choose to hang it is crucial to how your space looks. You don’t want to go too high, but you also don’t want it to be too low that your guests or family members have trouble seeing each other over the lamp.
For example, if you’re planning to install a pendant light above your kitchen island or counter-height bar, the recommended installation height is 30 to 36 inches from the bottom of the fixture to the top of your countertop. This allows people of average height to use the countertop without worrying about bumping their heads or having glaring lights in their eyes.
The height you choose should also take into account the size of your table and the overall height of your room’s ceiling. If you have very tall ceilings, you may be able to get away with having your pendant light lower than this recommendation, as long as it’s still at or above eye level when someone is standing up in the room. However, if your ceilings are shorter, you’ll probably have to keep your lamp higher than this.
When choosing the number of pendant lamps to install above a table or counter, it is usually best to use an odd number. This technique accentuates the focal point of your lighting and creates a sense of balance on each side of the table. However, if your space is limited and you want to make the most of it, using an even number of pendants can work as well.
To determine the optimal number of pendants to hang above a specific table, first measure the length and width of the countertop or table in feet. Then, subtract 12 inches from each measurement to ensure that your fixture isn’t hanging too low and isn’t obstructing the view of anyone walking below it. The remaining numbers are the total allowable number of pendants you can hang above your table or countertop.
If you’re using an even number of pendants over your table, begin by installing the middle fixture directly over the center of your table or counter. Then, evenly space the other fixtures around the middle, using the distance calculation you’ve just made as your guide.
For even more guidance, you can also refer to the product description of any particular pendant light for its recommended mounting height. But remember, the most important factor is that you’re happy with how your space looks! If you’re not happy with how your lighting looks, feel free to experiment and try out different heights to see what works best for you.