Lighting Basics
Littman Bros Lighting |  January 7, 2014

Size of Chandeliers and Pendants

Size of Chandeliers

Figuring out the size of chandeliers and pendants to put in your space can be tricky but there is a general rule of thumb to calculate these dimensions:

Start with adding together the length and width of the area you want to hang your pendant or chandelier in feet; this number is the width of the chandelier needed for the space in inches. For example, if you have a 12 by 18 foot foyer with 20 foot ceilings, your chandelier or pendant should be 30 inches wide. How do you figure out the appropriate length for you fixture? This will vary greatly depending on the height of your space; the higher the ceiling the taller the chandelier or pendant. Your fixture should be 2.5 inches to 3 inches tall for every foot of ceiling height. If you use the same dimensions as the above example, with the 20-foot high foyer space, the chandelier should be 50 to 60 inches tall by approximately 30 inches wide.