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Pendant lighting is ideal for general, task, mood, and decorative lighting. Typically, pendant lighting is placed over a kitchen island, dining room table and billiard table. You can also enhance the look of a hallway with pendant lighting. Here are some ideas on the placement and usage of pendant lighting for your home.

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Pendant Lighting over a Kitchen Island


Task lighting is extremely important in a working room such as the kitchen. Pendant lighting is typically hung over kitchen islands providing task lighting while enhancing the overall kitchen design.

When hanging pendant lighting over a kitchen island, the pendant should be hung 30 to 40 inches above the island surface. If you hang the pendant lighting too low over the counter it may get in the way of interactions between people sitting or standing at the island. If the island has a cooking surface, the pendant should not be a annoyance to the person cooking. If the island is used for homework or other work, the pendant should be hung low enough to provide sufficient light for reading.


Pendant Lighting over a Dining Room Table


Pendant lighting is a great addition to a dining room area. Chandeliers have traditionally been used over a dining room table but you can design outside the box and alter the look and style by using a pendant lighitng application.

Hanging pendant lighting approximately 30 to 36 inches above the dining room table surface provides optimal lighting over the table. This allows for maximum lighting without the fixture interfering with the area. If you have a large dining room table, you can hang the pendant lighting slightly higher for a greater light spread. If you have a smaller dining room table or are looking to create a more intimate setting, hang your pendant lighting lower. You want to make sure the light is not so low that it creates a glare in your eyes or interferes with people conversing at the table.

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Pendant Lighting over a Billiard Table


Pendant lighting, specifically multi pendant lighting, is the most common pool table lights. When playing pool, direct illumination in addition to ambient lighting is very important.

Downward multi pendant lighting is the best fixture type to use because they illuminate the playing surface very well, by eliminating glare and shadows they can potentially elevate play. When being used over a billiard table, the pendant lighting fixture should hang approximately 32 to 36 inches over the playing surface for optimal light spread.


Pendant Lighting in the Hallway


Pendant lighting fixtures used in hallways can add beauty, ambiance and drama to that common area. The fixture will casts shadows while providing light which produces a warm feel. Hanging a series of identical pendant lighting down the length of a long hall creates a classic and dramatic look. While a single pendant lighting in a small corridor can create the right amount of illumination to the common area.

When hanging pendant lighting fixtures in a corridor, the height of your ceiling will dictate the type of fixture you should purchase. If you have 8 foot ceilings, select pendant lighting where the overall length falls between 12 to 16 inches from the ceiling. If you have a 9 foot ceiling, the overall distance from the ceiling should fall between 18 to 24 inches. When hanging more than one pendant lighting fixture in a hallway, hang the first pendant one at the center point; then hang the additional pendant lighting at even intervals on either side of the center light

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Pendant lighting is versatile and can be used in other areas of your home beside the ones mentioned. Pendant lighting can be functional and a beautiful addition to the ambiance of a foyer, den, office, and other spaces that need additional lighting.

It would be a pleasure to talk with you about Pendant Lighting ideas and design concepts for your home. You can read more about Pendant Lighting Installation by following the button below. Give us a call at Wire Wiz Electrician Services and let us know how we can help.

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