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The standard height of a light fixture from a dining table

Updated November 21, 2016

Hanging a pendant light or a chandelier over the dining room table provides task lighting for eating. Whether a homeowner uses her dining to throw lavish dinner parties or to gather the family for Sunday brunch, the right light helps incorporate atmosphere into the room.

Recommended height

The standard height for a light over the dining table is for the base of the light to sit 75 cm (30 inches) above the top of the table.

Work with a friend

To hang a light, it is best to work with a friend. While 75 cm (30 inches) above the tabletop is the recommended height for a dining room light, working with a friend allows a homeowner to adjust the height of the dining room light fixture as it is being hung.

Tips and tricks

Have your friend sit at the table to ensure the fixture provides adequate light for dining, without blocking the ability to reach across the table. Also, consider installing the light on a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the light's brightness when necessary.

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