A Few Essential Measurements
The first thing you need to do before picking out the perfect kitchen island light fixtures is measure! The following essential measurements can help you zero-in on the perfect lighting option much faster:
The Dimensions of the Kitchen Island
Typically, the kitchen island lights should not go beyond the surface area of the kitchen island itself. That’s why measuring the length and width of the island’s surface will be very helpful in determining how big your light fixture should be or how many the lights you should install if you’re considering pendant lighting.
The Distance Between the Above Ceiling and A Standing Person’s Height
The pendant lights or the chandelier you choose should not obstruct the view across the kitchen island when you are sitting or standing beside it. To get an idea of the vertical clearance you will need to allow for, you need to know the distance between the ceiling directly above the kitchen island.
The average height from floor to ceiling in most homes plays at around 8 to 9 feet and most lights are designed for these measurements. But this height can still vary per home, so if you want to be absolutely sure, you can go ahead and take this measurement. This is especially important if you are considering lights that typically hang lower, such as pendant lights or chandeliers.
The ideal hanging height of kitchen island lights should be around 6 feet from the ground. You can simply deduct 6 feet from the overall height of the ceiling to get this measurement.