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How Far Apart Should Island Pendant Lights Be?

One of the essential elements of a kitchen is the lighting. It creates an inviting mood and makes everything visible. That way, you can prepare the food well.

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But one curious thing we often ask is how far they should be from each other. Especially with island pendants that can act as an accessory to your kitchen. Luckily, we have the answer below:

The distance between island pendant lights is usually 30 inches. However, there are other methods you can do to measure, such as distance based on the length of your kitchen island or the width of your pendants.

This will depend on what way is more applicable to the size of your island pendant lights since bigger ones may abide by the fixed distance measurement to make them look balanced.

In this post, we will teach you how to measure the distance depending on the length of your island and the number of your pendants. We'll also cover the height and the range where you should hang one. Additionally, we'll give you some ideas for home design. Let's dive in!

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What Is The Proper Distance Between Kitchen Island Pendant Lights?

Upon researching, we found different ways to measure the distance between the island pendant lights. One strictly follows the 30 inches distance, and the other depends on the measurements.

Do not worry because we will discuss how each of them works.

But we did look for their common ground—the 6-inch space allowance that the outer lining of the pendant should have from the edge of the kitchen island.

This is so that the light's frame would also be caged inside the island's length so that people will not hit their heads on it. So, always consider that in each of the methods.

Aside from that, you will need to get your tape measure, pen, and paper to mark and note the points you need to remember.

Method 1

In the first method, you must follow the 30-inch distance between each kitchen island light.

The measuring is simple. First, get to the center of your island. From there, measure 15 inches to the left and another 15 inches to the right for 30 inches—Mark those points.

If you have three pendants, hang one of them on the center point. Each side should also have a 30-inch distance from the other two.

You can use a balloon with strings if you want a temporary representative for your island pendant lights. Hang them on the points of your marker and see if they look balanced on your island's length.

Method 2

The second method relies more on the "center" than the fixed distance. You will first grab the tape measure and get the length of the kitchen island.

Assuming that you put two pendants, you will have to divide the length. After that, place your kitchen pendant lights in the center of each half.

For example, if your kitchen island's 4 feet long, divide that into two.

4 feet ÷ 2 = 2 feet

And then find the center of the 2 feet. That's where you will hang the pendant. Do not forget the allowance we talked about earlier from the edges to ensure the kitchen pendant won't go outside the lining of the island.

Again, you can do the balloon trick to see if they're balanced. If you have a big one, you can always adjust them until they look even and right.

Here's a list of some distances between two pendants according to the size of the island in inches:

  • 36 inches - 12 inches
  • 48 inches - 16 inches
  • 60 inches - 20 inches
  • 72 inches - 24 inches
  • 84 inches - 28 inches
  • 96 inches - 32 inches
  • 108 inches - 36 inches
  • 120 inches - 40 inches

Method 3

The last method we'll discuss is easy and ideal for three or more fixtures.

We know how wide its variety is. There are hundreds of designs (which we will talk about later), so measuring gaps based on your kitchen island's length or going after the 30-inch rule may not work.

Especially if you have the big ones.

Here, the distance between two lights depends on how wide the pendant is. For instance, if you have a 20-inch pendant, there should be a 20-inch gap between each other. It's that easy!

How Far Should Pendant Lights Hang Over An Island?

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The general measurement is to have the bottom part of the pendant at least 30 to 36 inches high from the surface of the kitchen island. This number is not a strict law, though.

You can always exceed this limit based on how it suits you best. If the 36 inches distance given here is still too low for your eye-view, you can always hang it higher.

The length will depend on how it can be convenient for you. The last thing we want is for those beautiful pendants to be a nuisance for blocking of view every time we stand by them.

Or maybe, you can even lower it if you want more spotlight on your working area while cooking or working on a dish.

Do you not know how much gap there should be between the island and the refrigerator?

Learn here: How Much Space Between Island And Refrigerator?

How Wide Should Kitchen Island Pendants Be?

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One way to know how wide your kitchen island pendant should be is to measure the length of your kitchen island. Using a tape measure, write down how long and wide it is from edge to edge.

Make sure that it is stretching in a straight line. And then, here is the part where we will do a little math.

You will need to get 1/4 of the length of your kitchen island. For example, if you have an 80-inch length, you will have to divide that into 4 to get the ideal width of your pendant.

80 inches ÷ 4 = 20 inches

This means the width or diameter of the kitchen pendant lights has to be 20 inches. However, you may adjust this based on your preference since this is just a general guideline to give an idea.

Some decrease the number to accommodate their narrow kitchen islands, while some increase it to match the width.

How Many Lights Should I Put Over My Kitchen Island?

How Many Lights Should I Put Over My Island - Three pendant lights hang over the island

A general rule is that odd numbers of pendant lights are the ideal count. It makes the arrangement more appealing than having an even number of things.

In the psychology of numbers, there is a term "odd effect." This shows how people's brains take more time to absorb the odd count of things. Thus, it is actively pulling people's attention.

They even quoted it as "thought-provoking."

So, if you're going to put a 3, 6, or any odd number of pendants over your kitchen island, rest assured that you'll have your guests staring at them longer.

This effect's also ideal if you want to make the lights the room's focal point. You can also apply this to other designs of your home as the number of paintings on the wall or the ornaments on your desk.

However, you don't always need to follow this since it may still depend on how big your kitchen island and pendants are.

Wondering more about how many pendants you should install over your kitchen island?

Read this: How Many Pendants Over A Kitchen Island?

How Many Pendant Lights Do I Need For A 5-Foot Island?

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A 5-foot kitchen island is recommended to have two pendants only. This is because too much light may be too much for such a short space.

Opting for a small and thin design may work for the area if you want more than two. Just make sure that it will serve its sole purpose—to provide light for your kitchen activities.

Too much light may strain your eyes, and too little may give you a hard time working on your dishes and preparing a meal. Go for the number that makes your action in the room easier.

The style and effect are only a bonus.

How Much Is It To Install An Island Pendant Light?

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The professional installation costs for a pendant light should be roughly $70-$6,500 (materials included). The price ranges from how heavy and luxurious the pendant fixture is.

The other factors that affect this pricing are the labor and the permits needed.

To Finish Up

The distance between island pendant lights is generally 30 inches wide. However, since there are a variety of styles and designs available and the length of kitchen islands is not the same, there are other methods you can do.

One is to find the center of the island's halves, and the other is based on the pendant's width.

When getting the length or diameter of the pendant, determine how long the kitchen island is and get the 25% of that number. That will most likely be the ideal width for you.