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Over a table. The recommended height to hang a pendant above a table is 28 to 32 inches, but the fixture can be hung slightly higher or lower depending on personal preference, fixture size and ceiling height.
Hanging multiple pendants above a rectangular table can be a very effective choice, not only to properly light the entire table surface, but also for aesthetics.
Here the pendants are hung sightly lower than in the previous example and both look appropriate for their specific spaces.
In a stairwell. Fixtures hung in a stairwell can add a sculptural element to the area, as well as provide needed lighting. The key is to hang the fixture high enough so that there is plenty of clearance while walking up and down the stairs.
Above an island. When thinking of pendant lighting what probably comes to mind first are fixtures hung in a kitchen. They are a great solution for providing adequate task lighting while also providing an opportunity to enhance or reinforce the kitchen design. Typically pendants should be placed 28 to 34 inches above the countertop, or 72 inches above the floor.
The nickel fixtures are a wonderful choice here, repeating the classic spirit of the kitchen design. A smaller version of the same pendant is hung in the window, creating a cohesive look.
On the opposite end of the style spectrum for lighting hung above a kitchen island are these dual Dandelion fixtures. Stylish and dramatic, these help set this kitchen apart from crowd.
Another tip in hanging pendants above an island or peninsula is to hang the fixtures high enough so that while standing you are not staring directly into the lights. More on lighting kitchen islands
The same approach is taken in this living room, with the pendant hung low enough to allow it to be highlighted against the darker fireplace.
The fixture is hung fairly low above the foot of this bed, but high enough so as to not block the view of the TV.
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