How Big Should a Light Fixture be Over a Table

Finding the perfect size chandelier for a table can be quite tricky. Most tables, dining or center table, are either circular or rectangular. Also, you have to take into account the dimensions of the room. The right chandelier will not only enhance the appeal of the room but will also add to the ambience of your home. At the same time, the wrong size will overwhelm the room’s occupants creating negative vibes.

Thinking about how big should a light fixture be over a table? Here are some guidelines that will help you select the perfect size chandelier to light over a table.

Determining a Chandelier Size

Prior to buying the chandelier as per table size, it is crucial that you pay attention to other associated details like size of room, interior features, style and weight of chandelier etc. A large size will certainly set you back by a huge margin. For example, a visually heavy crystal model will be expensive compared to a drum style that is simple yet covers more area.

The easiest way to determine the size of chandelier to purchase is to add the dimensions of the table. The resultant number will give you the diameter of the potential chandelier to be installed. Same rules will follow if you are choosing according to the room dimensions. The fixture should be selected based on the feature you are targeting to accentuate.

Let’s take an example of room sizes. If the room is 10 feet X 10 feet, the chandelier should be in the range of 18 to 20 inches. In case of a table with dimensions 5 feet X 8 feet, the fixture above it should be between 13 inches to 15 inches in diameter.

Installing Chandeliers Above Tables

When installing chandeliers above tables, the ceiling height and table dimensions both must be considered. The above principle must be followed to select the size of the chandelier so that it looks proportionate. A large size model will obstruct the ceiling views and also intimidate diners. In a narrow room, small size works best. 

Once the chandelier is selected as per half the dimensions of the table (or quarter in case of some models), it is time to choose the hanging height. Here, you should simply follow a rule of thumb! Add 3 inch for every feet of ceiling height. For example, for a 10 feet high ceiling, the supported chandelier would be 25 inches to 30 inches in height. Also, it must be hanged approximately 7 feet to 8 feet high to allow adequate human movement underneath.

So, there you go! Hope your doubt about how big should a light fixture be over a table is answered satisfactorily.