How to properly position pendant lighting
Using pendant lighting to enhance any room will make all the difference. It's easy to install, reasonably priced and comes with too many visually appealing accessories and designs to include in the list. However, no matter where you decide to install pendant lighting, there are a few considerations to think about. The most important, especially if you are installing a light grouping, is spacing.
What is pendant lighting?
Pendant lighting is the type of suspended ceiling lighting. The styles are varied and beautiful, as are the colors and materials of which they are made. You can find spider, mini, tear, flashlight and blown glass designs, among many others.
The first thing to consider is how high to hang the accessories you have chosen. This depends on several factors, with the number one being the height of the ceilings.
If you have vaulted ceilings where you intend to hang the hanging lighting, you'll want to create a visually appealing rest in space. The mark halfway is a good indicator. There is no hard and fast rule, but they must be low enough to be able to change the bulb and tall enough that no head injuries occur.
For typical ceiling heights, such as in the kitchen, an estimate is approximately 30 to 36 inches over the counter space. Each room will be different depending on what you use the lighting for and how big it is.
Another aspect of the design to consider with the installation of light is how far they are placed in relation to each other. This depends on the surface area of the light and, again, what you will use the lighting for.
In kitchens, for example, hanging lighting is usually grouped above the kitchen island. The biggest consideration here is to make sure that the entire surface area will light up when the lights are on. The perfect solution will depend on your design choice, but for further explanation, consider the mini hanging lights.
If you hang a set or cluster of four mini hanging lights onto a cooking island, you should hang them approximately 36 inches from the counter. Find the midpoint from one end of the counter to the other. Then find the waypoints between the middle and the end. Since the point is to have uniform lighting throughout the countertop, you'll want to divide the lights evenly within those sizes. It may require some adjustment, but fortunately you always have the option to hang height adjustable pendants to make it easier.
You can hang hanging lighting clusters anywhere you want and the spacing will depend on the task you are trying to accomplish. The space above the pool table would be different from the spaced over the bathroom sink. The key is to make sure that shadows between the lights are removed.