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Pendant lighting - distance from counter edge

Posted by pjhorst (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 29, 09 at 14:07

Seems like most of the pendant location questions are height related. Any thoughts on distance from the edge of the counter? Or do you just center them in the space available?

For example, I have a 10' x 4', 1 level kitchen island looking out into our great room. 16" overhang for knees/legs on 1 side. It's 23" from that counter edge to faucet (sink is in island). So essentially a 10' x 2' eating/sitting/serving surface. The pendant electrical fixtures were roughed in prior to our finalizing our location and size of the island. The center of our pendants hang 6 inches in from the counter edge. From a distance it looks fine but feels a tad awkward if you are standing directly next to the counter as you get a face full of pendant. So for us, should have been centered at ~12" from edge?

Thanks for the advice/replies.


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RE: Pendant lighting - distance from counter edge

"The pendant electrical fixtures were roughed in prior to our finalizing our location and size of the island."

Better luck next time. I never use pendant lighting because someone always moves the island or makes it the wrong size. I also don't like lighting hanging in front of my face.

You could remove the offending pendants and install some remodel type recessed pin spots.


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RE: Pendant lighting - distance from counter edge

"You could remove the offending pendants and install some remodel type recessed pin spots."

That's actually a terrible idea. Do not install pinspots in your kitchen. Everyone will laugh at you.

Try halogen WFL MR16s instead.


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RE: Pendant lighting - distance from counter edge

swags?


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