There are countless chandelier options on the market today, and picking the best one can seem like a challenge. You want a fixture that fits your personal style, and that accentuates and illuminates the space in which it will hang. At Lighting (One) of Cincinnati, we love helping people find the ideal chandeliers for their home, and in this post, we’ll look at the proper height for your new ceiling fixture.
Obviously the first thing to consider is the height of the ceiling of the room where the chandelier will hang. For rooms with eight-foot ceilings, you’ll want a chandelier that’s 20 to 24 inches high. If the fixture will be hanging in an open pathway, it’s best to choose a light that’s a little shorter, so tall people don’t have to duck to avoid the fixture when they walk through the space. Leaving at least seven feet of clearance should put you in the clear.
If your ceilings are taller than eight feet, consider hanging the chandelier three inches higher for each foot of ceiling you have. For example, if your ceilings are 10 feet high, hang the fixture so the bottom is more than seven feet from the floor (or 36 to 40 inches from the ceiling). You’ll also want to consider whether the light from the fixture is shining upwards or downwards. For foyers that reach to the second floor of your home, you’ll simply keep adding the three-inch rule until you arrive at the proper height.
Another factor to consider when hanging a chandelier is how wide a room is. A fast way to find the perfect chandelier is to add the length and width of the room together. For example, if your living room is 30 feet by 20 feet, you could go with a chandelier that is 50 inches in diameter (30+20=50). This will ensure that there’s plenty of light for the entire space, and plenty of clearance between the chandelier and the walls.
Above a Table
Many homeowners want to hang a new chandelier above their dining room table, but they don’t want it to be in the way when they have guests over for dinner. Ceiling height and table width are the most important factors here, and for dining rooms with eight foot ceilings, make sure the bottom of the fixture is 30 to 34 inches above the table. You’ll also want a chandelier that’s 10 to 12 inches narrower than the table so people don’t bump into it when they stand up.
Upward-focused light is often best for dining rooms, as you don’t want direct light shining down on people while they’re eating. You can also put the chandelier on a dimming control, which allows you to set the proper mood for your dinner parties.
If you’re looking for a new chandelier for your home, and you’re unsure where and how to hang it, come to Lighting (One) of Cincinnati today. We can help you choose the best fixtures and explain how to best mount and hang your new lights.