One question that we often hear in our showrooms is, “How high should I hang this light?” Having your light fixtures at the right height can make a vast difference in the design and ambiance of a certain room or space. If the light is too low, it can create glare when someone looks at it, and too high can mean the lower half of the room doesn’t receive enough light. You’ll also want to consider how the room is used when deciding on the best height for a certain fixture, and our lighting experts are more than willing to help. At Masterpiece Lighting in Atlanta, we want your fixtures to always be in the perfect spots!
Sconces can be tricky to place, especially if you’re placing them along a staircase or a long hallway. In the hallway, you want them to all be the same height, and 72 inches from the floor is a good place to start. If you have high ceilings in your hallway, you can hang the sconces a bit higher. For the staircase, you’ll want the height of each sconce to rise with the height of the stairs, and placing them so the tallest person in your home can’t see into it is a reliable strategy.
If you have architectural pillars in your home, perhaps in the entryway or living room, placing sconces at the top can create a unique dramatic effect with diffused light that highlights the design of the space. You’ll want to make sure you can easily access your sconces so that when you need to change a bulb, it’s not a hour-long affair.
Dining Room Chandelier
Once you’ve figured out the size of chandelier you need for your dining room, it’s time to decide how high to hang it. If your ceiling is eight to nine feet high, it’s best to hang the chandelier 30 inches above the table. You’ll want to be sure that everyone who is sitting at the table can see the person across from them. If your ceilings are higher, raise the chandelier three inches for every foot, so a 10- to 11-foot ceiling would allow you to hang the fixture at 36 to 39 inches above the table.
Kitchen Pendant Lighting
If you’re planning to hang multiple pendants above your kitchen island, or you have one fixture with multiple lights, it’s best to hang the light so that everyone who sits at the island can see across to the other side. Six to seven feet above the floor is a good place to start, and you’ll want to be sure the fixtures are out of your way when you’re working on the island.
Having each light at the right height can make every room feel complete and properly lit. If you’re shopping for new fixtures, or you have questions about lighting design, come to Masterpiece in Atlanta or Roswell today and speak with one of our experts. We can show you a variety of fixtures and help you decide what height will be best for each one.