What Is the Right Height For Light in Your House?

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Published: 06th November 2012
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Exactly where chandelier or pendent goes in the room is an important design consideration. It is usually a significant part of a room's decorative scheme and has a strong visual presence. The challenge with lights is usually not only which lights to use but also with determining the right height at which to place it.
An entrance hallway is often one of the first places you see when entering a property and it is important to ensure it's properly lit. Also, since there is not much going on in this area a pendant should make some sort of a statement. It is often the most difficult area of your home to determine how low the light should be since it lacks any furniture to go by. To ensure plenty of headroom, make sure you leave at least 7 feet between the bottom of your pendant and the ground. Center the pendant light to line up with the middle of the front door. However, remember to keep enough space to avoid any conflict with swinging doors. Chandeliers are popular choices for entrance halls, so if your pendant light has more than one light fitting, use bulbs with a lower wattage to ensure the light isn't overpowering.
Staircases can often be dull, so adding pendants will create more interest. Center the first pendant in the middle of the ceiling and space any additional pendants evenly to either side. The only thing to be considered is having enough clearance for walking up and down the stairs. And hanging them at a different height will create a modern look.
Bathroom lights are often overlooked the most. The most common mistake people make is putting recessed ceiling fixtures directly over the mirror. These cast shadows on the face, making daily grooming rituals more difficult. Therefore, vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face. It should be placed 75 to 80 inches above the floor and spread over a fixture that's at least 24 inches long so that the light will wash evenly over the hair and face. When hanging pendants in the center of your bathroom - use clear glass fixtures that will bring in more light.
Kitchen islands should be illuminated based on how it is being used. If your kitchen island is a utilitarian workspace, hang the lighting about 30 inches above the counter top surface. If your kitchen island has seating, you do not want the lights hanging in line of sight of people sitting around it. A good general guideline for hanging pendant lights above an island with seating is between 36 and 40 inches above the island counter top. Again, hanging a group of two or three pendants can look very beautiful.
Dining rooms are usually illuminated by a dining room chandelier. The height can be guided by the personal preferences. Usually it ranges from 28 to 32 inches above the tabletop. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure that it's low enough to light up the eating area without interfering with the sight line of the people seated at the table.
Living room is an area in your hose where you have guests, watch TV and rest. So it is important to make sure that itís lit according to your fiction. With furniture being underneath it pendant or chandelier can be placed quite low. Also to better suit your mood and be able to control brightness it might be best to have it installed on a dimmer.
Bedrooms often have the bed as a focal point. But lightning above it can contribute to over all look of the room. Fixtures are usually hung rather high so that you donít end up hitting it or so that it doesnít obstruct your view if you have a TV across from bed. Pendants can also be hung above side tables on each side of the bed. When hung like this they should 12 to 20 inches above the side table to place accessories and books.
Still the most important part of using the light fixtures if to find light that will suit your home. Pendants can be casual or formal- dress up or dress down. For help with this and other decorating issues contact www.sandadecor.com

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