How to Hang Pendant Lights Like a Pro

We recently posted about how you can remodel your kitchen in minutes with one of our uniquely designed mini pendant lights.  One of the most popular spots to place these is above a kitchen island, although they also provide an interesting effect above a foyer, bar, or small end table.

If you’re thinking about installing a pendant light above your kitchen island, here are some tips about exactly where to hang it:

For an island with no seating: The light should be hung about 30 inches above the counter.  This will provide adequate lighting for chopping and reading recipes.  The general rule here is to think about where the light will hang in relation to your height.  You don’t want to reach across the counter and be hit in the head!  Most islands are about three feet tall, so an extra 30 inches would place the light at five feet six inches.  If you’re much taller and will be working at the island, you’ll want to tweak the height of the pendant light accordingly.

For an island with bar stools or chairs: Make sure the light is not in your line of vision if you are sitting at the island.  My sister recently had to adjust the pendant lights in her kitchen for this very reason.  Pendants typically provide a nice glow, but when they are hung too low, the glare is very unpleasant.  For an island with chairs, the lights should be hung a bit higher: about 36 to 40 inches above the counter.

Emily Widle

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.