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.

How-to
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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