The first step to properly installing a chandelier, is finding the perfect one to install! When picking a light fixture, you must keep in mind the type and size of the room. A chandelier that is too small for your foyer or dining room won’t have the desired aesthetic effect and also may not provide enough light for the space. A fixture that is too large for the room will overwhelm the area and look out of place.
Before you go shopping for your fixture, measure the room. Find the length and the width, say 12’ by 12’. Add these together and “convert” the sum (24’) to inches (24”). So your fixture’s diameter should be approximately 24”. Keep in mind that the fixture doesn’t have to be exactly that size; size can vary by 2” or 3” without issue.
When deciding on the right-sized fixture to suspend over a dining table, take the table’s size into account as well. Measure the length and width or the diameter of the table, depending on the shape. The chandelier should be about 12” smaller than the width or diameter of the table.
Consider the height of the ceiling in the room. Tall ceilings need larger fixtures, so after measuring the room for chandelier size (again, in this example: 12’ x 12’=24”), choose a chandelier on the larger side (27” or so).
The bottom of the chandelier should be at least 7’ from the floor to avoid anyone from bumping their head on it if it’s not hanging over a table or in another area free of foot traffic.
When installing a chandelier to hang over a dining table, the fixture should hang directly above the table. In general, the bottom of your dining room chandelier should hang about 30” above the table.