Pendant Lighting Layout – How To




Hanging lighting has gained great popularity for use in kitchens in recent years. A common place to install them is over an island or peninsula. One of the most common questions I see is how high do I hang them and how do I hold them out? Both questions can be answered in several ways and as with any home design aspect, there is no absolute or correct answer. However, there are some guidelines to use that can help you make the right decision.

A consideration at the height is with the fixture you choose. If a fixture has an open bottom and it is installed too high, it can be very annoying to look up the bulb all the time. Similarly, a fixture designed so that the top is not made to be seen, if installed too low, can be very unpleasant. There is an average height that you can use as a guide, about 68 "- 72" from the floor to the very bottom of the fixture. This puts the luminaire at about eye level for the average person. The reason why there is no correct answer is in a house where everyone is 6 & # 39; 4 & # 39; and higher this height would probably be too low.

The same rule can be applied over a dining table. A little tip or word for the wise. If your fixture is to be installed before there is actually a table underneath it, put something in place. It can be a big box, bench, folding table or a chair. It will save someone to the hospital after stitches after entering the fixture or a broken fixture.

Spacing the hangings when there is more than one is a matter of some mathematics. The most common mistake is to just divide the space into equal parts, but that is not entirely correct and I explain why. Let's say your island is 60 "long and you have two hangers. A common thought would be to divide the space into three sections that are even. This gives you every fixture 20" at the end and 20 "between them. 15 "of each end and 30" between them. Why is it you ask? For one thing you see it is more visually appealing. The second reason is that the light scatter on most pendants is in the form of a circle. The fact that the actual light falling on the disk area forms two light circuits, in order to best calculate the counter we want the edge of the circle to hit the edge of the counter, the other two edges meet or overlap in the middle.

If you are not sure what I am describing, check out the link below and see the diagrams along with the explanation.