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Choosing the Right Size Chandelier

Good Guides for Getting the Right Size

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This sparkling crystal chandelier gives an elegant, formal touch to this dining area.

Photo: Coral Nafie Chandelier- FrenchCountrySeitz

The simple lines of this shaded iron chandelier accent this small in-kitchen dining area.

Photo: Coral Nafie

When choosing a new chandelier, numbers play an important role. Use the numbers here to help you decide what size chandelier is right for your room.

  • If the room is smaller than 10' by 10', a 17" to 20" diameter chandelier would be the right size.
  • If the room is about 12' x 12', a 26" or 27" chandelier would look right.
  • If the room is about 14' x 14', choose a 24" to 36" chandelier.
  • A chandelier should hang about 30" from the surface of the table to insure no bumped heads and good illumination.
  • A chandelier should be about 12" narrower than the width of the table over which it hangs.
  • Total wattage of all bulbs should be 200 watts to 400 watts to provide sufficient light.

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