Pendant light spacing?


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Old 03-02-21, 03:48 PM
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Pendant light spacing?

Hi,
I have reconsidered this project so am posting this again:

Direct Question: How far apart should the pendants be? (See images below)

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I would like to place three pendant lights over an 80.5" wide bar off of a counter in my kitchen.
The bar is 3' 9" off the floor and 10" higher than the counter.

The centerline of where I think the lights should go is @14.25" from the front of the bar
it is also 25.125" from the counter edge (of which part of that distance is the remaining bar.
(Please see images for clarity.)

This is a cheap pendant (.99 cents) I am using for a visual... and it is centered.on the wall and over the bar.
The light will be recessed in the pendant and I am not sure of the circle it will throw... It will also have a dimmer.

How far apart should the pendants be? (right now more important than How high)

I could go 20" but that seems redundant in the middle
I thought about 24" leaving 16 on each end
One article said 30-32" so that would leave 8-10" on each end?

An electrician will place the pancakes in the ceiling and wiring from the attic, but he cannot start until we figure out the spacing.




 
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Old 03-03-21, 02:33 AM
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One dry run 24" spacing



 
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Old 03-03-21, 04:55 AM
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What looks good to you?

My two cents worth is, one over the 1/6 mark of the counter, the second over the center, and the third over the 5/6 mark of the counter along the counter length and all over the center line of the counter..


This is really not an electrical question, unless you are having difficulty strining the wires relative to joists or other supporting structure.

This would go under the subject of interior decorating.
 
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Old 03-03-21, 07:57 AM
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It's not critical, just set them on the counter and go with what looks best. In that small area you will get good coverage no mater what the spacing is!
 
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Old 03-03-21, 08:26 AM
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I agree with the others. What looks good to you. You're over thinking this.
 
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Old 03-03-21, 01:08 PM
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AllanJ Thanks for that!. That would be 13.3" from each end. As it is now I have it at 14" from each end.

Is there a way I can move this post to the interior decorating forum? Not sure they would like me reposting this.

Hard to do trial and error by myself and girlfriend is counting on me to get it right. Cannot put in backsplash until electrician comes!

As it stands now... I kind of feel a little more depressed with the lights because they seem to close off the kitchen... (I spend a lot of time in there) it seems like a bigger area with out them.




 
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Old 03-03-21, 01:39 PM
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Pendants, distancing, crowding in?

Hi,

Direct Question: How far apart should the pendants be? (See images below)

Considerations:

I am posting pics with dimensions... I feel the pendants should be in-line with the partial wall dividing the kitchen and living room and the middle one centered with the sink faucet.

The lights must be recessed in the pendants because otherwise it hurts my eyes.

I have a trial run with $.99 pendants. Centered and 24" apart and 16" from the edges.
(I also have hooks at 20" apart and 30" apart to try.)
We have found pendants we super like yet.

While it seems attractive, it also seems to close off the kitchen. I do most of the cooking... I like wide open spaces and it seems to close the kitchen in. Maybe this is not a good idea?

Canned lighting may be possible, but:
  • it is a vaulted ceiling and there is a truss supported by that partial wall... so they could not be in line with it. Attic access is difficult at best and must be done by a professional there are no walkways.
  • they would have to be recessed so I could not see the light source.

Track lighting would accomplish the lighting goals but would likely be ugly with the vaulted ceiling as the track would have to come off the ceiling.


This is a cheap pendant (.99 cents) I am using for a visual... the middle one is centered on the wall and over the bar.

The light will be recessed in the pendant and I am not sure of the circle it will throw... It will also have a dimmer.

How far apart should the pendants be? (right now more important than How high)

I could go 20" but that seems redundant in the middle
I thought about 24" leaving 16 on each end
One article said 30-32" so that would leave 8-10" on each end?

Thanks for looking. I cannot put our backsplash in until we get the lights and wiring figured out! We are adding 1 gang for cabinet lighting and 1 gang for bar lighting. Both sets of wires must cross the room through the ceiling. ( unless we just put canned LED's all around and ran from one switch?... but would prefer to have separate for kitchen and bar.)

Want to please the girlfriend and hopefully have her keep me around... so your help is really appreciated.










My first trial run.







Once again, if you have made it to the end, Thank you.


(This was reposted here from lights... fixtures on recommendation and updated.)
 

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Old 03-03-21, 03:49 PM
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Center them over the countertop or in the middle of the wall. Divide by 4 or set them on the counter and adjust per what looks best and install.

You are way overthinking this, once installed you will never give them a second look, there is no "right" answer!
 
 

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