How much light do you need?
The amount of illumination that you will need for a dining room is based on this general formula: Length x Width x 1.5.
For example, a room measuring 12 feet by 15 feet will require 270 watts (12 x 15 x 1.5), or about 4000 lumens, of light. A six light fixture with 40 watt bulbs will probably be sufficient if complemented by wall sconces or other lighting in the room. It’s always convenient to connect the chandelier to a wall dimmer so the amount of lighting can be controlled.
What size should I buy?
To estimate the proper size of a new fixture, add the length and width of the room together. For example, a room measuring 10 feet by 14 feet would require a chandelier about 24 inches in diameter.
These are just rules of thumb. The fixture you choose can be further influenced by the height of the ceiling, other room decor and your own personal taste.
Hanging a Chandelier
Use this helpful guide we’ve put together and follow these general guidelines for hanging a chandelier over a dining room table:
- The fixture should hang centered directly above the table.
- The bottom of your dining room chandelier should hang about 33-34” above the table for an 8’ ceiling. Hang the chandelier an extra 3” higher for each additional foot of ceiling height.
- The fixture should be at least 6” from the edge of the table on each side to avoid bumping heads when people get up from the table.
- If you don’t feel comfortable about any aspect of installing the chandelier, hire a qualified electrician or handyman to do it for you.
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