Getting that Pendant Light at Just the Right Height!

Ever wondered what the perfect height is for that pendant light you just purchased? This blog has been designed as a quick and easy reference for heights related to hanging a pendant lighting throughout different areas of your home - read on to find out more.


Horten - NZ Lighting

Bedside Pendant Lighting


If you are installing pendant lighting over bedside tables, then the rule of thumb is to allow yourself around 70cm of space between the top of the bedside table and the bottom of the pendant light. Hanging any lower may cause the pendant to get in the way, while hanging to high can make the ceiling height appear lower and the room will feel closed in.


Chime Lamp - UMAGE

Pendant Lighting over a Dining Table.


A pendant light over a dining table will ground and define your dining space. A good rule of thumb is to hang the pendant between 75 - 80cms from the top of the table top. One thing you want to avoid though is hanging the pendant light to low, interfering with eye line or getting in the way when setting and clearing the table.


Muuto Grain Pendant Lamp

Installing Pendants over a Kitchen Island.


When placing pendant lights over a kitchen island, the common height to hang them is anywhere between 70 and 90cm from the top of the countertop. You want to insure you have enough space between the countertop and lighting to be able to work efficiently whilst also maintaining an unobstructed view out from the kitchen.


Mat Macmillan - Maker Design Studio

Pendant lighting in a bathroom.


Pendants dropped down beside a mirror in a bathroom make the space feel less clinical and add warmth and depth to the room. When hanging a pendant beside a mirror, be sure to have the pendant at eye-level and placed back towards the wall, so as not to get in the way.


There are a few considerations to take into account before you place a pendant in your bathroom.


  1. The need for the fixture to com take into account how the pendant looks and feels in the space, if you have followed the tips above, then you should be very much within the perfect vicinity for installing your pendant lights successfully! Eurotechs IP Rating Chart and IP Zone Chart here.

  2. Distribution of light, if you don’t get this right, you will find yourself with uneven shadowing across the face, terrible for makeup application! To avoid unsightly shadowing go for a semi transparent wall sconce in a main bathroom interior, and keep the pendant as a statement in the lesser used powder room.



With all elements of design, remember to consider the size, scale & style of any pendant lighting you wish to install as these factors will all have an impact on the final placement of the pendant in any given space.


Take in to account the ceiling height. A standard home in New Zealand generally has a 2.4m stud height, for anything taller than this, look to hang the pendant 7-8cm higher for every 30cm increase in ceiling height. As an example if your ceiling height in the living area is 3.8m then you might consider hanging your pendant light 28cm higher than you would for a standard 2.4m ceiling.

Finally stand back and visually take into account how the pendant looks and feels in the space, if you have followed the guides above, then you should be very much within the perfect vicinity for installing your pendant lights successfully!


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