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Guides & How-Tos > Lighting Guides And How-Tos > Placing Pendants Above A Kitchen Island

Placing Pendants Above A Kitchen Island

Lighting is one of the best ways to upgrade the look and feel of your home, and your kitchen island happens to be a great place to start. Whether you use your island for food prep, serving, or conversations over coffee, the right overhead pendants can transform the space as you see fit. Wondering how many pendants you need to get the job done? We’ve rounded up some helpful tips for choosing the best lighting arrangement for your kitchen workspace.



a pair of globe pendants over a ktichen island
a pair of globe pendants over a ktichen island

WHERE SHOULD YOU PLACE KITCHEN ISLAND PENDANTS?
Kitchen island pendant lights are best positioned in a way that enhances the shape and function of the countertop below them. If you have a smaller island, centering just a couple pendants above the space is usually best. For long, sprawling islands, three or more pendants may be required to adequately illuminate the space.

Feel free to place your pendants in symmetrical lines, or stagger them as you please for an eye-catching effect. As for their positioning, it’s usually best to hang them approximately 28-36 inches above your island.



infographic of pendants over kitchen island
infographic of pendants over kitchen island

HOW SHOULD KITCHEN ISLAND PENDANTS BE SPACED?
The ideal distance between each island pendant light will depend on the length of your island. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to leave 30 inches of space between each pendant to keep the lights from looking cluttered. You can shorten this amount for smaller kitchen islands or lengthen it to accommodate larger spaces as needed. Check out our Pendant Light Buying Guide for additional placement suggestions.


WHAT PENDANT SIZE OVER A KITCHEN ISLAND IS BEST?
Kitchen island pendant lights come in several different sizes in order to accommodate various spaces. Mini pendants are a smart choice for small islands, while larger fixtures balance lengthier counters.

When choosing the right size for your kitchen, be sure to allow enough clearance to keep family members and guests comfortable (seven feet above the floor is always a good guideline). Keep in mind that most island pendants come with adjustable chains or rods to give you more styling versatility.


FAQS ABOUT KITCHEN ISLAND LIGHTS

Q: What width is best for island pendant lights?

A: The right island pendant width is largely determined by the width of your kitchen island. We recommend subtracting 12 inches from the width measurement of your island to get an idea of how wide your pendant should be. If your island measures 40 inches wide, then a pendant that’s 28 inches wide should suit the space well.

Q: How high should pendant lights be over a kitchen island?

A: Kitchen island pendants can be placed at whatever height accommodates you and the island itself. As a general rule, you’ll want to hang the pendants 28-36 inches above the island countertop. This range is high enough so that the tallest members of your household won’t hit their heads on the pendant. It also allows enough space so that the light is evenly distributed across the island surface and doesn’t block your line of sight.

Q: Can you adjust the heights of island pendants?

A: Yes! In fact, several designs are made with this customization in mind and feature adjustable chains and stems. Just choose how high or low you want your lights to hang (or stagger their heights for a contemporary presentation).



Finding the right number of pendants can brighten your kitchen island to perfection and instantly accommodate your entertaining needs.







 














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