How to choose the right size of pendant light for your home
Pendant lights serve to enhance the aesthetics of your home and add stylish zest to space. There is something we should do before we make a purchase for a pendant light. That is to figure out how wide the pendant light should be so as to get the pendant proportion right.
Add the length and width of the room together – if your room is 4.5m long by 3m wide, add those two numbers up you get 7.5m. Divide that number by 12 and you get your ideal pendant width – in this case, 0.625m, ie approx 63cm wide.
Measure the height of your room and multiply it by 3 – if your room is 3m high, multiply it by 3 you get 9m. Divide that number by 12 and you’ll find your ideal pendant height – in this case, 0.75m, ie approx 75cm high.
The space between the pendant base and your floor aka the clearance varies in different rooms. Some general rules of thumb are:
Living rooms, hallways, and bedrooms
Where people may be walking underneath, allow for 2.13m of clearance from the bottom of the fixture to the floor.
Spotlights are usually the best solution here, but if you do want a pendant, keep 2.44m between the top of your tub and the bottom of the fixture and avoid hanging it directly over the bath itself.
Dining table – a series of pendants over a dining table arranged in a row creates a stand-out look. Allow a space of 71 to 91 cm from the bottom of the pendants to the top of the table surface.
Kitchen island – ensure you space your pendants equally to distribute light evenly. Be sure to hang them at a height where you won’t constantly be knocking your head against them when you’re cooking up a storm.
Entrance hall – In hallways, hang pendants at least 15cm higher than the top of your front door.