What follows is a very general guide; as always, there are no absolutes. Where you choose to hang your lights is entirely subjective. As a rule, when hanging multiple pendants, the spacing is led by the diameter at the widest part of the pendant. Ideally, you want the space between each pendant to be at least the same as the width or diameter of each fixture.
- A very general rule of thumb is to hang your pendants at least 7ft (213cm) from the floor to the bottom tip or rim of your pendant to make sure their is adequate clearance above head height.
- Or, if it is easier to measure, then hang them 2.5 to 3ft (70- 90cm) above your countertop.
If you are lighting a short island or peninsula less than 2m wide, it may be better to use two pendants that are equidistant from the centre point of the island. If you have the space to manage it, they should be around 60-75cm apart.
If lighting a larger island with three pendants, hang one directly over the centre point of the island and space the other two equidistant from it, around 60-75cm apart.
If you would like to hang one long pendant, it should be hung at the centre point of the island and take up no more than two thirds of the island space above it.