What Size Should My Pendant Light Be?


There are a few ways to determine what size light you need.

1. Base it on the size of the room.

Add the length of the room in feet + the width of the room in feet. Use that #, but in inches.

Example. 12' x 15' room. 12 + 15 = 27. Your light should have a diameter of approx 27". If you have high ceilings you can use a slightly larger light.

2. If it's going over a dining table, base it on the size of the table.

For a Single Fixture

The length should be 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the dining table. The width should be no larger than the table width less 12"

Example. 72" x 36" table. Light should be 36" - 47.5" long by no more than 24" wide. (Length: 72" x 0.5 - 36, 72" x .66 = 47.5". Width 36" -12" = 24")

For 2 Fixtures

Each Fixture Should be 1/3 to 1/2 the width of the table. Hang each light centered over one half of the table.

Example 72" x 36" table. Light should have a 12" to 18" diameter. (36" x .33 = 12, 36" x .5 = 18)

3. Over a Kitchen Island

2, 3, or 4 small or medium size fixtures usually look best over an island. Most island lights are under 12", but you may be able to use as large as 18" if it is a large island (8'), and you are only using 2 fixtures. If your ceiling is 8' or taller, you can also use slightly larger fixtures.

Space them evenly, and aim for at least 18" between each light. Measure from the side of one light shade to the side of the next, not from the electrical boxes.