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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tips for Light Fixture Placement

Replacing an old light fixture is an easy way to update the look of a room. There are a number of lighting options available that add style, create a focal point, and increase illumination.

Once you choose the light fixture that fits the room size, design, and your taste you will need to decide where to hang it. I have listed a few of the common hanging light fixtures and suggestions for their placement below.

Chandeliers
Chandeliers lampshades are an elegant way to light a dining room, entryway, or bedroom. They typically hang in the center of the object they are above (i.e. a table or bed). In general, chandeliers should be hung 32”-40” above the object below. If used in a high ceiling entry way, the chandelier should be about two thirds of away up, the bottom being no lower than 7 feet from the floor. When hanging, consider the weight of the light. Chandeliers tend to be heavier than most lights and might need the appropriate support system.

Pendants
Lighting pendants are becoming more and more popular. They add a sleek style with little glare from the shade of the light. Pendants can be hung over table tops, kitchen counter, bathroom vanities, game areas, or work areas. Similar small pendants can be grouped together in a line or circle pattern. Pendants should be hung centered above the object below, at the same height as the chandelier (32”-40” above the object).

Wall Scones
Wall scone lampshades are a great way to highlight a mirror or art piece. They are usually used in bathrooms, hallways, or entryways. Wall scones come in pairs, one hung on either side of the object. Hang wall scones 5 feet above the floor and 10 feet apart from each other, considering the size of the object. For fixtures that include wall scone lampshades, be sure the shades do not stick too far off the wall to obstruct walking and moving around.

Lighted Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans come in a variety of designs, many including a light fixture as well. They should be hung in the center of the room. The lighting fixture hangs the lowest from the fan and should be no lower than 7 feet from the floor. Jovin offers great lighting products.

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