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How to Determine The Right Size Light Fixture For Your Kitchen, Islands, and Dining Room

Posted on May 22 2020

Measuring your space is essential to achieving the perfect look. Oftentimes, eyeballing isn’t enough. So we recommend taking out your measuring tape and following these guidelines from the professionals.

Golden Lighting's Victoria 0815-6 HG over a dining room table

Product Shown in Image: 0815-6 HG

Nowadays you can place a fixture just about anywhere that an existing, or potential, junction box can go. However, there are standards you should adhere to when hanging lighting fixtures in certain rooms such as kitchens and dining rooms. Keep this advice in mind when installing lighting in living rooms, halls, bedrooms, and other places. Be sure to bookmark this page for quick access to our fixture hanging guide.

The Key - Know Your Measurements

Always keep in mind your ceiling height, measuring this will help you determine the proper hanging height for your new fixture. If you have tall ceilings you may need to purchase additional rods or chain to achieve the right fit.

You will also need to reference the fixture’s dimensions via the fixture’s Spec Sheet. Spec Sheets are available through our retailers’ websites. You can also look for your light fixture or find dimensions and spec sheets for all Golden Products here at

Our Scale images are also helpful. With each of our products we offer Scale Reference Images. As shown below, these images can help you get a better sense of how a fixture will fit in your space.

How To Hang Lighting Fixtures In a Kitchen

Different types of lighting offer different functions. Wall sconces, semi-flushes, flush mounts, and track lights are very popular in spaces like kitchens. Some fixtures can be mounted on sloped ceilings or offer pivoting shades and angles which can help with task lighting and directional lighting.

Depending on the placement of the fixture, you may need to consider opting for a fixture that is either dry or damp rated. Damp rated fixtures are recommended for kitchen installations due to the heat and moisture kitchens can produce. However, kitchens with windows or tall ceilings allow for more ventilation and thus dry application fixtures can be installed in these spaces.


Measurement Guidelines for Hanging Pendant Lighting over Kitchen Island

How To Hang Lighting Fixtures Above a Kitchen Island

  • Use one pendant for every 24” of counter space
  • Use an odd number of pendants to create visual balance
  • Whether using chandeliers, single pendants, or a linear pendant be sure to hang 30” above the countertop


Measurement guidelines for hanging a light fixture over a table

How To Hang Lighting Fixtures Above Dining Rooms and Tables

  • Pendants and chandeliers should stay 30” above the table or surface
  • Use a fixture that is 12” narrower than the width of the table
Ensure your measurements are correct before committing to cutting any wire. From there, follow the installation instructions provided with your fixture to complete installation and mounting.