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What size should my fixture be? February 11 2013, 0 Comments

Choosing the correct size fixture for your room is critical to the look and feel of it. Here are some handy guidelines to help you select the correct fixture size:

A hanging centerpiece fixture over the floor

A chandelier or pendant hung in the center of a room must be sized in proportion to the space itself. Simply measure the diagonal of the room (corner to corner) and the chandelier width should be more or less in inches what the diagonal measurement is in feet. 

Example: a room measures 24 feet on the diagonal then the chandelier should measure approximately 24" in width.

Please bear in mind that heavy or bulky chandeliers can be on the small side whereas light and airy chandeliers should be on the large side. Also high ceilings ask for bigger fixtures.

So what about height? Hang chandeliers or pendants with the bottom at least 6" higher than the door height. If the door has a window over it, center the light in the window. Also do not hang wall sconces above a mirror and place them about 60" above the floor to put them on eye level.


David Trubridge Floral


A hanging fixture over an elevated surface (f.e. Table)

Choose a chandelier whose width is at least half the smallest diameter of your elevated surface or table. It should be no larger than the smallest diameter of your table less 12".

Also here heavy or bulky chandeliers can be on the small side, light and airy chandeliers should be on the large size. Over-sizing adds grandeur to the area but do not take it too far.       

Hang a chandelier 30" to 36" from the top of the table to the bottom of the chandelier; for ceilings more than eight feet high, raise the chandelier 3" for each additional foot of ceiling height.      


Zuo modern pendant


Hopefully these hints will get you on your way to choose and install the perfect hanging lamp. Was it a success or failure in your project? Share your comments, experiences, questions or feedback below or on our Facebook, Google+ or Twitter page. Or go visual, take a picture, load it to Houzz or Pinetrest and share with us!