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How to space island pendants

Posted by maggiebkit (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 27, 14 at 21:28

We are going to hang two 15" pendant lights over our island. What is the proper way to decide how far apart to hang them?
One place I read, divide the island in half and place each light in the middle of one half.
Another place I read to make the space from the end of the island to the lights equal to the space between the two lights.
What is everyone thoughts?

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RE: How to space island pendants

In short the first method you referenced is the guideline for effective/efficient light design.

RE: How to space island pendants

The first method gives the most even lighting across the whole island

The second method will concentrate the light slightly towards the middle of the island. If you have can lights at the end of the island, this might be what you want.

Make sure the pendants spread enough so you aren't working in a dim spot.

RE: How to space island pendants

Try the GW trick for starters: hang two balloons from string and see how each placement looks. How big is your island? Will two lights be sufficient for illumination?

RE: How to space island pendants

Thank you all for your responses!

SaltLife631, that's what I thought and why I was worried about doing method number 2.

Lazygardens-I think we have enough cans. Our kitchen seems bright enough now without the pendants up. I'd hate to have a shadowy working area.

Deedles- Great suggestion on the balloons. Our island is long--101 inches, but our pendants are also big - 15 inches across. Once we tried the balloons and looked at the space, splitting the island in half and in half again made the large pendants too close to the edges of the island. So we have opted for option number 2 which seems to look the best in our space.

Thanks again everyone!!

RE: How to space island pendants

Nice! Gotta love the easy answers, right? Now, don't forget to post some pics when you are done!

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