Bicycle Glass Co. single pendant lights in brushed nickel with lunar 515s in gray and downrods over a marble kitchen island

How many pendant lights should I put over my Island?

August 17, 2019

Our Most Common Question:

"How many pendant lights should I put over my island?"

This is the single most common question we get at Bicycle Glass, as customers are deciding which pendants would work best for their space while considering scale and proportion as they make their final decisions.

When I work on this I use a pretty simple equation that helps me get an idea of the relative scale and proportion of the pendant lights to the island or table they are going over.

The Equation:

The equation we use works off of the rule of thirds which is a number that is naturally pleasing to the eye and also gives a very clear number that indicates if you have too many pendants for the area or too few:

The equation is:

The maximum diameter of each pendant light added together divided by the total length of the surface that the pendants are being placed over. 

For example:

8+8+8                  24              =            .22         =          22%
  108                    108

In this case we would use three of our 767s (max diameter 8) added together (24) and then divided by 108 (the length of our example island). The result is a percentage of the overall length that the pendants would take up over the island.

Additional Considerations:

What I love about this equation most is that it boils down the number to a ratio that is manageable and something concrete to talk about when you are having a conversation.  Some people may prefer a look that is more sparse than 33% whereas others might want a fuller look and head towards 35% or more.  There isn't really any wrong answer here. It's all in the eye of the beholder, but numbers between 20% - 35% tend to look pretty good generally.

Other considerations might be the width, as well as the length, of the bar/island/table that the lights are going over, or additionally if you have lots of headroom, like 9 feet or more, you can consider sizing up or taller shapes so that the pendants don't look too small or get lost in the space.

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Help is a phone call away

As always at Bicycle Glass, our team is more than happy to chat with you about your options because each space is unique, and we really want to make a pendant light ensemble that you will be happy with for many years to come. 

Just give us a call, and we will be happy to discuss your individual lighting needs.



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