Ceiling lights are great for adding light to your surroundings, as well as adding something decorative and aesthetically pleasing. With so many trendy and decorative ceiling light designs available nowadays, it is very easy to see why more and more homeowners are decorating their home with ceiling lights.
If you are one of these homeowners, you may be wondering the main question everyone who has bought this lamp has: How high should I hang it? Next, you will read the article in which you will find out at what height the lamp should be hung.
Part 1 of 3: Ask Yourself the Right Questions
Step 1. What effect do I want from this lamp?
- Think about what you want from your ceiling light. Is it designed to illuminate the workplace or to provide soft light? A chandelier can saturate a small room with too much light, while a more utilitarian lamp will look a little too harsh in your room.
- Decide on the purpose and design of the lamp to match the decor of the room. A luminaire made of chrome or stainless steel will have a sleek and modern look. The blown glass lamp will add an artistic feel. Chandeliers are elegant and romantic.
Step 2. Where do I want to hang the lamp?
- Consider the size of the lamp itself. Using the general rule of thumb, a large lamp can be hung higher, while a small lamp can be hung lower.
- Consider the size of the room. How high is the ceiling in the room? Rooms with unusually high ceilings require large and low-hanging chandeliers.
- If you want to hang your lamp over a regular or kitchen table, be sure to factor in their size. If you have a large table, you can try hanging the lamp a little higher. Also take a look at the shape of the table. Is it round, square, or rectangular? If you have a rectangular table, kitchen island, or countertop, you will need more than one ceiling light.
Part 2 of 3: Lighting Size
Step 1. Hang the lamp over your kitchen table or island
- Start with 70-85 centimeters between the bottom of the fixture and the surface of the table. These dimensions will be your baseline measurement. Use it as a basis when planning the position of the luminaire.
- When hanging a lamp above a table, do not forget to take into account the height of the people who can sit at this table. No one wants a lamp to shine directly in their eyes or bang on their head while they eat.
Step 2. Hang the lamp over the floor
- Plan to hang the lamp 210-240 centimeters above the floor. You must provide a 30 cm gap between the lamp and the person passing by.
- Calculate based on the height of the ceiling. If the ceiling is 2.4 meters high, then the ceiling lamp should hang 30-50 cm lower. For every additional 30 centimeters of ceiling, add 7.5 centimeters to the lamp.
Part 3 of 3: Side View
Step 1. Ask another person to help you with the height
The best way to solve the ceiling light problem is to have someone raise and lower the light while you stand at a distance to see how the light will look.
Step 2. Walk around the room or sit at the table while your assistant holds the lamp up
This will help you make sure the lamp isn't blocking your view, bumping into your head, or getting in the way at all.
- Provide clearance between the lamp and the tallest member of your family or friend. Even if there is technically enough room, people will still lower their heads if they feel the light is hanging too low.
- When hanging a ceiling light over a kitchen island or countertop, plan to hang one lamp every meter of the item. This will provide enough light for the work area.
- Consider connecting a retractable wire to the luminaires that you can use to control the amount of light.