Guide to Pendant Light Fixtures in your Home

Lighting is a really important part of every room in your home. Here we will cover Pendant Light Fixtures and a little guidance on how they should be installed. 

What is pendant lighting?

A pendant light is sometimes referred to as a wire hung light. These are singular modern ceiling light fixtures that hang from the ceiling. Pendant lights are usually suspended by cord, or a rod. Pendant lights can be used for both ambient lighting as well as task lighting. Often hung with one or more additional pendants, these fixtures come in a variety of hardware choices including Satin Brass, Antique Brass, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Black.  Please take a look at for all your lighting needs. 

Below, we’ll guide you on how to hang pendant lights in various rooms in your home.

Entrance doorway

If you hang a pendant light above an entrance doorway it will be a great addition to your foyer, entrance hall. This Pendant light will be a warm welcoming glow to greet your guest when they walk into your home. If you do decide to hang a pendant light in your foyer, please be sure that the base of the shade is around 5-6” above the top of your entrance door.

Above a dining room table

A pendant light would be wonderful over your dining table. It will provide you with beautiful lighting and depending on what shade you choose will add class and style to your space. When you hang your fixture over a dining room table please be sure that the fixture is 30–32” above your dining table. Depending on the width of your table you have a choice to pick a shade that would be about ¾ the size of the tables width.


Pendant lights are just a perfect fixture to add to any kitchen. They will provide you with task lighting which is so helpful when you are prepping and cooking food in your kitchen. If you decide to use pendant lighting above your counters tops or above your kitchen island, please be sure the base of each shade is 30–36-inches above your counter top surface.

How to space your Pendant Lights on a Kitchen Island 

2 pendant lights

If you decide you would like to hang two pendant lights in your kitchen, the following spacing will work and they will look perfect and will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

You will want to be sure to have a space of 18” between each of the suspended wires.

3 pendant lights

When you have more than two pendants, you can use this simple equation to figure out the distance between your pendant lights:

 (Kitchen Island) ÷ (The Number of Pendants you plan on using + 1). Let use an 8’ kitchen island countertop and 3 pendants light fixtures. Divide the length of island by 4 (three pendant lights + one) 8÷(3+1)=2. The best spacing for this would be two feet between each pendant light’s wire.

4 pendant lights

We will use the same equation as we used for 3 Pendant Lights just increase the number of pendant lights. The kitchen island's length 8’ and divide that by the number of pendants + one (4+1 = 5). 8 ÷ 5 = 1’ 6’. The best spacing here would be 18” between each pendant light.

Above a nightstand in your Bedroom 

Yes a pendant light can provide the perfect lighting for your bedroom if you hang above your nightstand/bedside locker.  If you think a pendant light would be a good fit for your bedroom instead of a sconce or lamp. please be sure the base of your shade is approximately 18 to 22” above the top of your nightstand   This would give you ample space to store items on top of your nightstand

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