Monday, May 17, 2010

Tips for hanging a chandelier

I made the mistake of ordering a (very expensive) chandelier for a client for their sun room that happen to hang too low. LESSON LEARNED! I will always remember these important steps below from Circa Lighting. Thankfully my clients and the chandelier distributor were extremely understanding. We ended up choosing a drum shade (above) from Shop Candelabra in Charleston, SC.

•As a general rule, chandeliers should be hung approximately 30" – 36" above the table top and should be approximately 6" narrower than the table on each side. If the ceiling is 10' or taller you should slightly increase the distance between the bottom of the fixture and the table top.
•Consider 2-tiered chandeliers for ceilings that are 10' or taller.
•Ceiling lights for foyers and other rooms should not drop below 7' 6". A general guideline to use for choosing width is to add the room dimensions together. If your room is 16' x 20', add 16 + 20 = 36. Your chandelier should be approximately 36" wide. Again, this is a generalization; you must still consider your ceiling height and the weight and design of the fixture, which could influence the overall size.