The answer to the above question depends on the room. Here’s a quick breakdown for you


Small islands: 30”-36” above the center of the island.

Large islands: Go with the same height but consider evenly spaced lights as long as you don’t hang any less than 18” away from the edge.

Counters: Under-cabinet LED tape and surface mount puck lights are your best option here.

Dining Areas

Large Dining Room Table: If only one lamp, than hang it about 36” above the table top or consider multiple hanging lamps (or one lamp with multiple heads) around 34” or 35” inches.

Smaller Dining Room Table: Hang a single lamp about 33” above the table.


If the entryway ceiling is higher than 12’ hang the light at the midway point between the floor and the ceiling. If the ceiling is between 8’ and 12’ hang the lamp above 7’ but at least 6” away from the ceiling. Center the light over the floor area.


If you don’t want to go with bedside lamps, consider hanging lamps on either side of a queen or king, making sure that they are at least 4’ above the floor, centered over the nightstand. This is a great way to free up more space on the nightstand.

Add pizazz and charm with Edison style LED bulbs in any of these locations.

Other considerations:

Number of lights: When hanging more than one light, try to work in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 lights) rather than an even number.

How much light: For ambient light you’ll want about 20 lumens per ft2. For task light areas (desktops, kitchen table, countertops, dining table, etc…) you’ll want more power so consider going for about 50 lumens per ft 2.