Pendant lamps are a great way to add a contemporary touch to any room. They can be used to highlight a focal point, provide task lighting or simply serve as an aesthetic accessory. The key to a successful installation is ensuring the pendant is placed correctly and meets the needs of the location.
Pendant lamp distance from table
Hanging a pendant lamp over a dining table is an easy and attractive way to light up your kitchen or dining space. However, it is important to ensure that the light is positioned correctly so as not to interrupt the flow of your room or obstruct views of your table.
A pendant light should be hung about 30 to 36 inches above the lower surface of the dining table. This distance will eliminate visual obstructions when seated at the table, while also creating a sense of unity between your table and the light fixture.
The ceiling height of the room is another consideration, as well. ‘Generally, the taller the ceiling the more clearance you want so the hanging fixture balances with the scale of the space,’ says Noelle Parks, interior designer and founder of Noelle Interiors (opens in new tab).
‘I usually recommend 36 inches to 42 inches of clearance from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of the table. This puts the fixture between 5ft 6 inches to 6ft above the floor – about eye level when standing up,’ says Noelle.
It is important to take into account the size and style of your table when determining how high the pendant should be. A large round table will require a much higher height than a narrow rectangular one, and there is an unwritten rule that you should not exceed half the width of the table when hanging a pendant.
Aside from this, consider the type of light that you are going for – there are so many options available. From classic chandeliers to contemporary linear multi-arm lights, there are plenty of designs that can make a statement.
You can choose a single or multiple pendants to be hung over your dining table. When choosing a grouping of pendants, it is usually best to select odd numbers, such as 3 or 5. For a more modern look, you could try mixing different sizes and shapes.
Over a long table, it is often recommended to use elongated pendant lights. Similarly, over a small table, it is advisable to use a circular or oval shape.
Pendants can be hung from the ceiling or from a wall, and this depends on the room’s architectural features. If a ceiling is low, it is ideal to use a pendant on the wall instead of a ceiling mounted pendant, as this will give you more flexibility.
Ideally, the top of the pendant should be at least 6 inches above the door frame to prevent it from hitting anyone when opening the door. This also helps to ensure that the light does not block out a view and can be safely turned on without any obstruction.