Sizing for Light Fixtures
Dated Posted: September 2nd, 2011
Written By: Leila
How do you know what size fixture will fit? The two main spaces that seem to cause the most concern are hallways and dining rooms. For hallways, the rule-of-thumb is that you must leave 7 feet of clearance below the fixture – the height of your ceilings will help you to determine whether you can fit a large chandelier, a small pendant or a flush mount light. For the dining room, the diameter of the fixture should be about 12 inches narrower than the width of your table, and the bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30 inches above the table. For other rooms, some people use a simple calculation as a guide: for example, if your room is 12′ x 14′, you would add these measurements together to get 26. This number, in inches, is the approximate diameter of the fixture that that will look proportionate in your room (in this case, 26 inches).