How to Measure for Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting
As a general rule, a light fixture should hang at least 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling plane, if your kitchen features a standard eight-foot ceiling. For every foot taller your ceiling is, you should add approximately three inches of clearance so that your pendant light fixture doesn’t awkwardly hug the ceiling.
To determine the height of your pendant lights based on your ceiling height, start by measuring the distance from your floor to the hanging light installation site. Then multiply that measurement by both two and three. Doing so gives you a range of inches that can be appropriate for your pendant light height. For example, if your kitchen has a 10-foot ceiling, the range at which you’d want to hang your pendant light(s) would be 20 to 30 inches.
Measuring for Task Lighting
How you hang your pendant lighting over your kitchen island depends a good deal on the function you need your island lighting to serve. For example, if you want task lighting to illuminate the surface while you work, then you’ll need to be careful not to hang your pendants too high or they will lose their brightness.
If task lighting is your goal, a good rule of thumb is to make sure your lights are no more than 30 to 36 inches above your island countertop. This will also place your pendants within most people’s sightline, so a slim, non-obtrusive model will work well for this purpose.