Pro Tips // How to Hang Pendant Lights Above a Bar

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TIP // 1

When hanging pendant lights above a bar or a kitchen counter, allow for 30 to 36 inches of air space between counter and the bottom of the pendants. This is the most practical height, especially for pendants used for task lighting. This height also allows enough room to avoid bumping into the lights while also providing ample light. 

TIP // 2

Bar counter islands are typically long and straight, making them the ideal shape for the "rule of three" design concept. Place three identical pendant light fixtures over the bar counter, spaced evenly across the counter. The number of inches between the lights will vary based on how long your counter is, but a standard rule is to allow 30 to 32 inches between each fixture. Measure the distance between the bulbs rather than the edges of the fixtures. 

TIP // 3

The spacing between pendant lights should be uniform. If your bar counter is short, either reduce the inches or use fewer lights. The important thing is to keep the space even, not only for appearances but also to ensure an even spread of light over the entire counter.

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