Humble
1710 Humble Place
Humble, TX, 77338
281 - 446 - 7613
Woodlands
27132 I-45 N. Freeway
Conroe TX, 77385
281 - 363 - 0114

Fixture Sizing: What is the best size fixture for my space?

Over an Island or Bar: Fixtures should be no lower than 30" off of the surface but not so high that they do not effectively light the area. General rule for a bar style fixture is: 12" narrower than the length and width of the island. For example, if the island is 36" x 60", the fixture should not exceed 24" wide by 48" long. This way the fixture does not feel as if it is invading your space. It also saves a lot of bumped heads. For Islands with multiple pendants, the same rule applies as far as "not to exceed" length and width. The question with pendants often becomes "How Many? & How Far Apart?" Well that depends on the pendant and the electrical. My opinion is that three always looks better than 2 and that there should be the width of the pendant between each pendant. BUT... with so many styles and sizes of pendants out there it is like putting the cart before the horse.

Living or Bedroom: In general, take the width and the length of the room in feet, add those two lengths together and convert to inches. That is the basic size fixture you should purchase for the space. For example, a living room that is 15" x 12" = 27". So your ceiling fixture should be approximately 27" in width. Of course, rules are meant to be broken! One rule that should not be broken is fixture height. Ceiling fixtures, unless over a table, should not hang below 7" from the floor. This is so you do not hit the fixture when passing under or around it.

Over a Dining Table: I believe in "Go Big or Go Home" in dining rooms. Is is the focal point of your room so don't undersize or under-WOW! So I suggest you start with "How Big can I go?". Take the width of the dining table and subtract 10" to get the maximum width for a fixture (Go too wide and you will have bumped heads). To determine the maximum height of the fixture, we must look at the ceiling height. A general rule for dining fixtures is to hang the fixture so the bottom finial is at 5" off the floor. If we have a 10" ceiling in our dining room, we would subtract 5" for the hanging height. That would leave 5" to work with. I like to see at least 12" or so of chain on a fixture. Otherwise it looks like it is too close to the ceiling. After all the subtractions, you will end up with 48" to work with.

Now... All that being said, dining rooms are also a place to try something different. Maybe 2 fixtures instead of one, a drum shade fixture or even an antique lantern style fixture. Whatever you decide, think about safety (no bumped heads), make sure it will light your dining room and most of all make sure it will WOW your family and friends.
Newsletter Sign Up
New, exclusive sale previews and special events!
Submit
Return Policy
If a stock item has not met your expectations we will gladly allow you to return it for exchange, refund, repair, or credit within 30 days of purchase. Please return the stock item in its original condition (uninstalled) and packaging in order to exchange or receive a refund or credit.

Items purchased in large quantities or bulk quantities are not returnable and are non-refundable.

Special Order Merchandise Policy (if applicable)
An item not classified as stock is considered special order merchandise. By signing below you acknowledge that special order merchandise is not returnable and is non-refundable.

Our sales force makes recommendations using standard industry guidelines only. Please be aware that actual colors may vary slightly from color samples and printed material. We encourage you to verify specifications for special order merchandise before confirming a purchase.

Lead Time
Lead time on items that are normally in stock but are currently sold out is usually two to three weeks unless otherwise stated. Lead time to receive special order merchandise is usually two to three weeks unless otherwise stated. Lead time for custom designs is a minimum of ten to fourteen weeks. Lead times are subject to change in the event that a manufacturer modifies an items availability.

Installation Agreement TECL #20780 (if applicable)
By signing below you agree to pay the labor charge quoted and recognize that the labor charge quoted is based on the information you provided. You also recognize that the labor charge quoted covers basic installation and you take responsibility for any additional fees that may occur to complete the installation. In the event that our installers cannot perform an installation due to incomplete or inaccurate information you provide a $95 non-refundable trip charge will be assessed. In addition, our installers will only install merchandise provided by Carol's Lighting and we instruct them not to install merchandise you acquire from other sources.
Advice
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Lighting Tips
Style
Contemporary
Traditional
Transitional
Rustic
Account Info
Logout