Height of Island Pendant Lights


Pendant lights can be used in various areas throughout the home, including in foyers, over side tables or dining tables and above the kitchen island. When lighting a kitchen island, consider several factors prior to hanging any pendant light.

Counter Height

  • When hanging a pendant light over an island, measure the height of the island. Islands that have bar-style seating on one side may require the pendant lights to be hung at a higher height.

Pendant Light Height

  • The bottom of the pendant should be between 30 to 36 inches from the counter top, according to Joe Rey-Barreau of the American Lighting Association.

Human Factors

  • Heights of the family members should be taken into consideration when hanging a pendant light. If the family has members who are tall, then the pendant light over the island should higher to accommodate them; anywhere from 36 inches to 40 inches above the island should be adequate.

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