Today we wanted to share some tips with you on how to correctly hang pendant lights over your island and a round-up of some of our favorite pendant lights on the market right now. One of the keys to a well-design home is layered lighting. You want lighting from different source and coming from different heights. Pendants over the island are a great way to provide task lighting, while serving as visual and design focal points in a room. When we are selecting and hanging pendant lights over an island there are a couple of rules of thumb that we use to make sure the lights are sized, spaced and hung appropriately. In general, pendant lights over an island should hang 28-34 inches above the countertop of the island. This height provides a close enough light source without people bumping their heads on them or staring straight into the light source. DESIGNER TIP: Make sure before you determine the final height of your pendants that you need to consider your sight lines into and out of the kitchen. You may need to adjust the height of the pendant lighting to insure that you are not obstructing sight lines.
After you have determined the height to hang your pendants, you need to determine what size pendant light to use, how many to use, and how far to space them. As a general rule of thumb, measure the width of the island and subtract by 12 to determine the maximum width your lighting should be. DESIGNER TIP: Keep in mind that the busier or more complex the design of your light, the larger it will appear so you may need to scale your it down some. You want to space your pendants approximately two feet apart. That means that if you have a smaller island that is in the 4-5 foot range you need two small or two medium pendants. If you have a larger island, you will need three medium or three large pendants.
For spacing your pendants over your island you first want to find the center point of the island. For a smaller island that only requires two pendants, you want to find the center point and then space the lights 30-36 inches apart with the widest part of the pendant being 30 inches from the other pendant. If you have a larger island that requires three pendants, you want to hang the first pendant directly over the midline of the island. Once the middle pendant is established, hang the other two at least 30 inches apart.
We also wanted to share with you guys a round-up of our favorite pendant lights.