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Pendant Lighting

When it comes to decorative ceiling lighting, it can be tricky to know the right size, the right height and the right area to place them. Decorative pendants can bring so much to a room. Above a kitchen island, above a dining table, or the centrepiece of a room, chandeliers and pendants are great focal points.


The height that you place your pendants is dependant on the height of your ceiling. In addition, you need to think about the size of the pendants. If you are having three pendants instead of two above your kitchen island, for example, then the size may need to be a little smaller or else it may look a little cluttered. For larger pendants think about 30 to 32 inches apart. However, smaller hanging lights, like the industrial style free-falling lightbulbs will obviously be able to be placed closer together.


Pendants should also be 30 to 32 inches from the kitchen island countertop to the bottom of the pendant. You want to be able to see what is happening on the other side of the pendant, in addition to not banging your head!

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Three pendants in a row, or two, look amazing above a kitchen island, and one large chandelier looks incredible over a dining table. Same rules apply for the height between the dining table and bottom of a chandelier – think between 32 and 34 inches.


For chandeliers in living rooms or hallways, height is important too. In a