Height of Pendant Lighting Over Island

gretagargoJuly 14, 2010

I just installed a hanging track lighting system over my 8ft. kitchen island. I need advice on how high above the island I should hang the 2 hanging pendants. I don't want the pendants to be in my way and probably prefer them on the higher side since I am afraid of them being too low. If it matters, I have 4 stools across and one on each end. There are also 3 small bells on the track. The island is a plain slab in black without cooking or sink area.

Thank you in advance!

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The taller of you and your DH should stand and the pendant should be at least 2" over the taller ones head. That is how I did it. For 8 ft ceilings, I would say that the maximum height of the pendants from the ceiling should be 20" - the 20" includes the height of the lighting fixture itself plus the hanging thread. I did the same for my dining table -- although dining table pendants can hang lower I kept them high -- and DH's head is still below it and doesn't hit it. If you want to be safer, you could do a maximum of 18". Personally I like 20", it gives you at least 6 ft of clearance unless either of you is 6 ft!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 11:13PM
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One more thing -- the 20" should include height of the track as well. My ceilings are 8 ft 4", and I set the maximum height of my pendants at 26" which includes track height, height of hanging thread, and height of pendant fixtures themselves. It was perfect sizing.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 11:15PM
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Here's how DH & I solved this dilemna: We stood up closest to where the pendants hang. I held the tape measure to his head. We added a couple inches in case he's wearing a hat or I've got my hair up. That's where they are. The closest to the lit surface without hitting either of our heads. Not so scientific, I was really looking for a formula myself, but that is what worked.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 10:59PM
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