When hanging a lamp over your dining table, the main thing to keep in mind is that you want to see the face of the person sitting across from you. A handy rule of thumb is that large lamps should hang 65-70 cm over the table, measured from their bottom edge. Smaller lamps typically hang 55-65 cm over the table.
If you’re hanging two lamps over the table, there should be roughly 80 cm between them. Check that the light cones meet so the is evenly lit.
Give the lamp/s a trial run before you complete the installation.
Kitchen or utility room work surface
To create the best conditions, lamps should hang 75-80 cm over your kitchen work surface. To avoid shadows, we recommend using matte bulbs - such as softlight bulbs or matte halogen spots - which give more diffuse light.
To avoid creating your own shadows, measure the width of the work surface and subtract a third. Use that number, measured out from the wall, to find your midpoint.
Several small lamps work better than one large one. Make sure that the lights cones meet.
Lighting your desk correctly is very important.
We recommend that pendant lamps hang a minimum of 120 cm over the desk, but they can certainly high even higher based on the height of your ceiling. Position your desk lamp so it lights from the side and below eye level to avoid glare.
Adjustable/flexible desk lamps are a great solution. In general, experiment with different locations and combinations of ceiling/pendant lamps to minimize annoying glare and reflections and create the most comfortable working conditions.
Lots of natural light is also important. Try to position your desk to capitalize on the daylight available in the room, ideally so the desk it lit from the side.
We have a few tips to help you optimise lighting your pool or billiard table. The number of recommend individual lamps/fixtures depends on the length of your table:
7 foot: 2-3 lamps
8 foot: 3 lamps
9 foot: 4 lamps
10 foot & 12 foot: 4-5 lamps
The lamps should hang ca. 90 cm over the surface of the table, measured from their bottom edge. (The Danish Billiard Union recommends 85-95 cm.)
Official rules require a minimum of 520 lux over the table, which equates to 3 lamps of 150 watts each. For recreational/home play 3 lamps of 75 watts each is enough.
It’s also a good idea to consider the lighting in the rest of the room – official rules call for a minimum of 50 lux (40 watts).
If you’re curious, here are the World Pool-Billiard Association rules about lighting:
The bed and rails of the table must receive at least 520 lux (48 footcandles) of light at every point. A screen or reflector configuration is advised so that the center of the table does not receive noticeably more lighting than the rails and the corners of the table. If the light fixture above the table may be moved aside (referee), the minimum height of the fixture should be no lower than 40 inches [1.016 m] above the bed of the table. If the light fixture above the table is non-movable, the fixture should be no lower than 65 inches [1.65 m] above the bed of the table. The intensity of any directed light on the players at the table should not be blinding. Blinding light starts at 5000 lux (465 footcandles) direct view. The rest of the venue (bleachers, etc.) should receive at least 50 lux (5 footcandles) of light.
Hang lamps over a bar high enough that everyone has clear sightlines but no so high that your guests are blinded. That means roughly 53-60 cm over the surface of the bar, measured from the bottom edge of the lamp. Try having someone hold the lamp up while you sit a barstool.