With the array of beautiful lighting options that exist today, it’s easy to get carried away when shopping for lighting! Before you make your choice, however, consider the primary purpose for lighting: to provide light. You’ll need to think about how high (or low) to hang your new lighting to cast the proper amount of light to illuminate tasks or achieve your desired ambience.
Chandeliers and pendants are typically the “wow” pieces that express your home’s style and personality. When choosing those pieces, it’s important to keep in mind that the new fixture needs to fit appropriately in the space. A grand chandelier, for example, will not fit in a foyer with an 8- or 9-foot ceiling height. If you have an 8-foot ceiling, consider a flush mount or semi-flush mount fixture to achieve the clearance requirements for the room.
From the floor up, the clearance needed depends on the space. As a rule, keep 7 feet of clearance from the floor up to the bottom of the fixture in a space like a foyer, living room or bedroom where people may walk underneath a fixture. In an open foyer or hallway, hang chandeliers or pendants with the bottom at least 6 inches higher than the door.
For both dining tables and kitchen islands, measure the height from the floor to where the bottom of the fixture should be: a good rule of thumb is to hang mini or medium-sized pendants 66 to 72 inches from the floor to the bottom of each fixture.