How High Should I Hang My Dining Room Light Fixture?


Place your fixture where it “grounds” the dining table. It shouldn’t look like it’s “floating” alone in the room. Hang it 30 to 34 inches above the tabletop or five to 5-1/2 feet from the floor.

Don’t automatically install a junction box (the electrical box the chandelier hangs from) in the center of the room. Tables often sit to one side of a room where traffic flow is lighter, so center the box above the table itself. Also, don’t swag a too-long cord or chain across the ceiling; it will clutter up the look. Have an electrician move the junction box.

In a bedroom, foyer, or living room, your ceiling fixture should be centered either in the center of the room, or in some cases, over a specific piece of furniture. For example, in a large bedroom, it’s fine to center your fixture over your bed.

Donna Griffith, House & Home December 2014
1. Jill Kantelberg
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