The long and short of hang heights is that there really is a happy medium. To ensure your fixture always hits the sweet spot, keep scrolling.
DINING ROOM HANG HEIGHTS
In most cases, the proper height to hang a light over a dining room table is 35 inches above the table or 66 to 76 inches from the floor. Ensure that there is at least 6″ of space from the end of the table to the edge of the pendant.
TWO PENDANTS OVER A KITCHEN ISLAND
When hanging pendant lights over an island the height should be at least 30″ from the center of the island. There should be 30-32″ of space from the countertop to the bottom of the pendant. Do not let pendants get closer than 6″ to the edge of the countertop.
THREE PENDANTS OVER A KITCHEN ISLAND
Hang at least 6″ from the edge of the island and 30-32″ apart. Leave 30-32″ of space from the countertop to the bottom of the pendants and do not let pendants get closer than 6″ to the edge of the countertop.
CHANDELIERS IN GREAT ROOM OR ENTRYWAY
With standard 8-foot ceilings, hang chandeliers at least 7 feet above the ground. When a space has taller ceilings, hang fixtures at 8 feet. If the chandelier hangs from a 2-story ceiling, don’t let it hang lower than the height of the first floor.
POOL TABLE LIGHTING
Lights above pool tables should be hung about 60 to 62 inches from the floor. Regulations often impose a strict 31 inches from the tabletop.
ITEMS TO CONSIDER
Knowing your ceiling height is critical when choosing a lighting fixture. This measurement will tell you how large your fixture can be and how far down it should hang. For lower ceilings, you’ll need to carefully consider the length of your light and always maintain 7-feet of clearance between the floor and the bottom of your ceiling fixture.
When in doubt, trust your instincts and focus on the mood you want for your space. Lower fixtures will create more intimacy, where higher hung pieces will be less noticeable.*
*Taller ceilings may require more height from the floor for visual balance.