What Chandelier Size Do You Need?
To choose the right size chandelier for your room, you'll need to measure the space and note some important things:
- Size of the room - length and width
- Number of bulbs needed for enough light
- Is the chandelier over a table, a seating area, or an open area?
- Will you see it from a stairway or landing?
How Many Light Bulbs Does A Chandelier Need?
Bedrooms, closets and other small spaces will get plenty of illumination from a 4-bulb light fixture. For dining rooms, living rooms and kitchens, it's important to have bright lighting. Consider the size of the room, and whether there are other lamps or spot fixtures. A chandelier for an average 12 x 12 room should have at least five bulbs, and larger rooms will need more.
How Low Over A Table Should I Hang A Chandelier?
If your chandelier will hang over a dining room or kitchen table, the bottom of the light fixture must end 32' to 36' above the dining table surface. Measure from the top of the table to the ceiling and subtract a number from 32' to 36', and that's the available space for your chandelier.
If your dining room ceiling height is ten feet or more, you'll have space for a chandelier that's over four feet tall. Check out our handy Dining Room Chandelier guide to learn more.
How High Should You Hang A Chandelier?
In bedrooms, hallways, living rooms and kitchens, chandeliers must be seven feet above the floor to safely walk under them. Your electrician can shorten the chain to hang a chandelier closer to the ceiling. If it's going over a bed, it may hang a little lower - just make sure you won't bump into it.
Chandelier Height For A Tall Foyer Or Stairwell
In a double-height foyer, the chandelier should hang above the first floor - ten feet off the ground is a good rule of thumb. If you'll be looking down on the chandelier from a landing, look for a style that's attractive from above too. A tall, narrow design can really make a statement as you climb the stairs.
Do I Need A Special Chandelier Electrical Box?
If you have a home with up-to-date wiring, your existing junction box should be fine '-they're required to support up to fifty pounds. A junction box that's designed for a ceiling fan will support at least seventy pounds. While you're shopping, check the specifications on the product listing for a chandelier's weight. Your electrician can confirm whether you should install a heavy-duty junction box.
So now, you're the expert - it's time to shop for a chandelier!
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