My dream chandy (chandelier) is finally up! I can’t tell you how happy I am! This chandy was a birthday gift to myself two years ago and it has sat in a corner of the lonely dining room waiting for it’s luminous day of glory! The dilemma I had was figuring out what height it should be hung at and having help hanging it. Have you ever wondered about the correct heights of lighting? Wouldn’t a quick lighting height guide be helpful? I decided to make one.
My twig chandy is a Pottery Barn Camilla Chandelier knockoff from Overstock.com. To be honest, I think it’s even prettier! Before installing the chandelier I did some some research, and put together a guide for lighting heights for quick referral.
Lighting Over Tables
Based on an 8 foot ceiling, the bottom of chandeliers should be 28-32” above the table top. Add 3” for each foot if the ceiling is above 8 feet tall.
Foyer Lighting Heights
If you have a large, two story foyer, the chandelier should hang at least 5 feet down from the ceiling or should be centered in the middle of any large picture window that might be in the foyer and in street view. For a small foyer, the light should hang no lower than 7 feet from the floor.
Island Pendant Lighting
Pendants hung above an island or bar should be 28-34 inches above the countertop. They should be centered over the middle of the island and distributed equally across the length of the counter.
Side Table Lighting
Side tables have a bit more variation than other lighting guides. The height of the table will determine the height of the lamp. If your side table is 24-30 inches then choose a lamp that is 26-32 inches high. When sitting next to the lamp, you should not see the light bulb underneath the shade. If you do, then a smaller lamp should be chosen.
When pendants hang above a staircase, choose a height that it 7 feet above the floor or higher. No man want to hit his head on a light overhead. If the space is not suitable for a hanging light, then choose a flush mount fixture.
Bathroom Vanity Lighting
Most of us have lighting in our bathrooms that is anything but flattering, glaring harshly from above. Ideally, lighting should be placed at eye level on either side of a mirror. This will range from 62-66 inches above the floor.
I’m thrilled with my beautiful twig chandy and how it looks in the room. The room is about to undergo a makeover and the chandelier is the centerpiece. This quick lighting height guide hopefully should help you and your lighting installation decisions.
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