A punched-metal hanging lantern suspended above a kitchen table
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Hanging Rules: Dining Table

A punched-metal hanging lantern throws off a diffuse, mood-setting light in this dining area.

For visual harmony, let table size dictate the height—typically 33 to 36 inches above its top. Hang it on the high end of the range for a large table, the low end for a small one.

Pro advice: "An outlet supported only by drywall can hold a 35-pound light. For a heavier pendant—up to 200 pounds—install a fan brace to span the distance between the nearest joists." —Brian S. Bergeron, master electrician, North Reading, Mass.
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