How High Should You Go?
Last week I got an urgent call from a neighbor who at that moment had an electrician in her kitchen asking her at what height to hang her chandelier while he was holding it in his one hand and balancing on a ladder. I rushed over and we figured that the best height was 36” above her island counter.
This measurement is not set in stone for all homes and people but in general 28” to 36” from the bottom of the fixture to the table or island top is standard. It is best to have someone hold up the fixture before installation and check the sightlines for any obstructions. Make sure you can see the faces of people sitting at the table across from you, television screens or out any windows.
Before purchasing a new light fixture, check to see if it comes with a stem or chain. Chains are the most versatile with a more traditional style plus they give you the most options in hanging heights. Light fixtures with stems are more contemporary and clean looking but usually come in 6” and 12” increments which give you less flexibility.
By Julie Wagner, Interior Designer & Briar Chapel Resident