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The kitchen is the hardest-working room in your home—and your kitchen island is at the center of it all. From serving as a casual gathering spot for your family to additional countertop space for meal prep—make sure your island is supported with layers of light that spotlight every role it needs to play. Here’s a step-by-step of what you need to know to make sure that your kitchen island gets all the light it needs.

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Step One: Measure Your Space

Most of our lighting is customizable and made to order, so it’s important to make sure that you measure your space correctly. Exact measurements are a personal decision and can depend on the size and scale of the lights that you choose. Here are some of our top tips to help you properly measure and prepare to hang your lights.

● We recommend that lights should sit around 30 to 36 inches above your countertop.

● Leave at least six inches between the end of the island and your pendant on both sides. Make sure each pendant is centered over your island, allowing at least a 12-inch width from the edge.

● We measure the overall length of our lights to include the shade.

Project Tip: Test out your measurements by hanging a piece of paper or a balloon from a string taped to the ceiling—this will help you visualize how much space the light will take up and the right distance it should be from the floor or your workspace.

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Step Two: Size & Scale

After you’ve taken the measurements of your kitchen island, decide how many lights you want to hang—this is determined by the size of your island and your aesthetic preferences. Here are a couple of style and design considerations to keep in mind:

● Choose either one large statement chandelier or two pendants.

● When hanging multiple pendants, 26-30 inches is the ideal distance (with a minimum of 24 inches) between pendants to make sure that the light is evenly distributed.

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● When using multiples, choose a simple style so that they don’t overwhelm your space.  

Project Tip: When hanging more than one pendant, your electrician will need to install junction boxes for each light—unless you use a multipendant.

Lighting Customization Tip: Make your space feel unique with one of our customizable lighting choices. Simply choose a collection and the type of lighting you need, then select a finish and shade—we have hundreds of configuration options to choose from.

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Step Three: Shade Styles

While the shade of a light determines its style, it also affects the amount of light it provides. Here's our breakdown of how each type of shade changes the amount of light your space receives:

Metal shades: These durable shades provide a source of focused light perfect for highlighting specific tasks like food prep.

Glass shades: If you are looking for a more ambient source of light to brighten your entire space, glass shades are the perfect option. Choose between opal glass that diffuse light or clear glass that project light and allow you the chance to showcase a decorative bulb.

Linen shades: Linen shades add a refined look and give off a soft, relaxing light. Because linen naturally diffuses light, choose a bulb with higher lumens in order to adequately light your space.

Project Tip: Customize your metal shades, with our wide range of shapes, finishes, and up to 20 colors options. Can’t decide? Order a set of our finish or color samples to help you determine which color is right for your kitchen.

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Planning Your Space

Keep the layout of your kitchen in mind when selecting pendants to hang over your island. With an open-concept kitchen that is connected to your living or dining areas, you’ll need to look at the space and consider every visible fixture. Coordinating all your lighting will create a more cohesive look.

Project Tip: While this guide is all about kitchen island lighting, don’t forget support lighting. Many of our collections feature matching wall sconces, perfect for adding layers of light where you need it most. All you need to do is choose a sconce family and finish, then select a shade—we have over 100 styles to choose from.

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Check Your Lumens

Finally, another way to determine how much light your space needs is by looking at lumens—the amount of light emitted by the bulb—which might affect how many fixtures you decide to use above your island. Unlike wattage, lumens are the most accurate way to determine the output of light in a space because they measure a fixture's overall brightness.

We recommend providing anywhere from 35 to 50 lumens per square foot of island. The higher or lower end of that range depends on the size of your space, other lighting in the room, and the ambiance you're looking for.

Example: For a 15-square-foot island, you need between 535 — 750 lumens. A 60-watt bulb produces about 800 lumens. This means that one 60-watt bulb—or two for brighter light—above your island will give you enough light, or you could use three to four smaller lights with lower wattage bulbs.

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Find a timeless selection of pendants, chandeliers, and everything else you need to light your kitchen island. Plus, learn about lighting other areas of the home like your dining room, bedroom, or outdoor spaces. If you need additional guidance determining how to light your space, our Design Crew is always here to help