Tips and Advice


Let the magic work its way in creating an atmosphere of pleasure and comfort at your table by lighting it with a pendant or a chandelier! Under bright glare-free lighting, your dishes will look particularly appetizing.


No matter what type of light fixture you’re looking for, choosing the right size is crucial to achieving a balanced look. Pick a fixture that’s too big and it can throw off your decor. Pick one that’s too small and it’s no longer functional. Use the tips below to choose the right size light fixture in a few simple steps.

If you are using a chandelier or ceiling pendant above a kitchen table, measure the width or diameter of your table. Then subtract 12’’ from that number. That’s the maximum limit for the width or diameter of a hanging light. Keep in mind that a fixture with a busy or complex design will actually appear larger, so if that’s what is catching your eye, you’ll want to scale your maximum width down slightly. Assuming you have 8-foot ceilings, the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30 and 36 inches above the tabletop. But if your ceilings are higher, the suggestion is to add 3 more inches above the table for each additional foot of ceiling.

If you have a very high vaulted ceiling, it might be best to hang the chandelier from a very long length of chain or a longer downrod so the fixture is hung closer to the people who will be in the room (and who will need light to see), instead of being far up in the ceiling.

If you have a long dining room table, you can use 2 chandeliers to light it. In that case, choose fixtures that are 1/3 the width of the table. (A table that’s 60 inches wide would need two lights with 20-inch diameters or widths.) Center each of those chandeliers over its half of the table.

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