♦ Selecting the right size ceiling light is critical to achieving a well-designed space.
♦ To find the width of the ceiling light, use this easy calculation:
♦ To determine the desirable height of the fixtures, follow these steps:
♦ As a general rule of thumb, a light should hang 28″ to 32″ over a table. Make sure to center it and leave equal space on all sides of the light for optimal balance.
♦ When hanging a light in places such as foyers, hallways and living rooms, where people could be walking underneath, be sure to keep a 7 foot clearance from the bottom of the fixture to the floor.
♦ Pay attention to down rod length. Most fixtures come with a few different sizes to be used in a variety of instances.
♦ If the ceiling light is going to be a main light source in the room, consider the light output or think about adding additional layers of light to your space.
♦ To determine how many watts you need, use this simple calculation:
Room Length x Room Width x 1.5 = Wattage needed to light up a room.
♦ Fixtures that are more decorative than functional will typically have a lower light output, so supplement the space with other light sources like recessed or track lighting.
- Erin Davis of Mosaik Design & Remodeling
Guide to Different Types of Ceiling Light Fixtures
♦ Typically have several light sources (or bulbs)