Lighting Size & Placement Guide
Published on Jan 18, 2018
How Large Should Your Fixture Be ?
When deciding on the size of your fixture, the primary factor to consider is THE AVAILABLE SIZE
In The Center Of A Room
Measure the length and width of the room and those numbers together. To achieve a balanced look in the room, the diameter of your fixture should be one-twelfth of that size
Over A Table
The diameter of your fixture should be 12 inches less than the width on the table, to avoid bumping heads.
Where and How High Should It Go ?
Not only will proper placement of your light fixture enhance the room décor; it will allow maximum illumination of the room. The ideal location of your fixture varies according to the room it will occupy.
Over The Dining Table
Allow 28 – 32 inches of space between the table surface and the lighting fixture.
In The Hallway
The key is to keep the lighting in one’s line of sight. Hallways with higher ceilings should utilize a lower-hanging light fixture. There should be at least 7 ft clearance between the floor and lightning fixture.
Clearance between the bottom of the fixture and height of the tallest occupants should be 18 to 24 inches.
In The Middle Of A Room
Most rooms call for a 7 clearance between the light fixture and the floor. However, if placed above a coffee table of other pieces of furniture, a light texture can be hung lower because there is no risk of walking into it.
In The Foyer
The optimal height for a foyer chandelier is a minimum of 80-84 inches from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier. If the foyer is two stories high, the fixture should hang no lower than the point of the second floor. If there is a window above the two-story foyer, you should center the chandelier in the window so you can see from the outside.