What size chandelier do I get for my dining room?
The easiest way to choose the correct size is to choose a chandelier with a diameter equal to 1/2 (one-half) the width of your table. For example, if you have a 62″ diameter table then choose a chandelier that is no more than 31″ in diameter. It is better to go a little smaller than a little larger if needed. Sticking closely to the formula will give you a balanced look.
How high above a table should the chandelier be hung?
The chandelier should be hung so that the bottom is between 30″ to 32″ above the tabletop.
How do I choose the right size chandelier or light fixture for a room without a dining table?
To determine what size of a chandelier would fit best in any room use this simple formula. Simply add the room dimensions together. For example, if your foyer is 12′ by 16,’ add 12 + 16 = 28. The proper size chandelier for this foyer would be 28″ in diameter. If your room dimensions were 8’ by 10’, your maximum diameter would be 18”.
Now that I know how large the light fixture needs to be, how do I determine the correct amount of wattage to properly illuminate a room? Is this also based on room size?
Yes the correct wattage is based on room size. To find the proper ambient lighting for the room, multiply the room dimensions to get your total square footage (12 x 16 = 192). Then multiply the total square footage by 1.5 for total illumination needed (192 x 1.5 = 288 watts). Remember this total can be achieved by several methods of lighting. You are better off spreading the wattage around than have it all come from a single light source. Remember too that if the space is workspace, additional task lighting may also be called for in certain area(s) of the room.