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Lighting Guide: Entry Lighting

Lighting by Room: Foyer (Entry) Lighting

“Foyers and entries set the stage for the interior of the home.” -Dana Bigman, Casablanca Fan Co.

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Most entry ways/ foyers will always need overall lighting whether it is day or night. Generally a source of illumination near the entry way ensures safety and a visual navigation aid when entering your home. Having lighting fixtures or lamps in your foyer space also helps set the tone for your home. So use entry way lighting fixtures that are versatile, functional, and aesthetically complementary to your home. Click on each category to browse chandelier, wall sconces, pendants, ceiling fixtures and lamps.

How Do I Determine The Proper Size Chandelier For a Foyer (Entry)?

Some things to consider before installing the right size chandelier for your foyer: For halls that are 75 square feet or more, plan on a fixture at least 12 inches in diameter or a chandelier at least 18 inches in diameter. The bottom of the fixture should be 7 feet from the finish floor, if you have a typical 9-10 foot ceiling height.



Another method is a general calculation adopted from Hinkley Lighting Inc. “When sizing a chandelier or pendant for your foyer, add the length and width dimensions of the foyer area together and convert the total into inches. Example: The area is 18 feet by 14 feet. Added together this equals 32 feet. Then convert your sum to inches: the chandelier’s diameter should be approx. 32 inches in width.” Also something to keep in mind before purchasing is the weight of your chandelier. A standard ceiling outlet box will only hold a maximum of 50 lbs, thus additional hardware and components might be needed. Its also a good idea to check for installation instructions and specifications of the chandelier because no one foyer is the same in every home. If you have a two-story foyer, center your chandelier so it may be viewed from outside.






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Another method is a general calculation adopted from Hinkley Lighting Inc. “When sizing a chandelier or pendant for your foyer, add the length and width dimensions of the foyer area together and convert the total into inches. Example: The area is 18 feet by 14 feet. Added together this equals 32 feet. Then convert your sum to inches: the chandelier’s diameter should be approx. 32 inches in width.” Also something to keep in mind before purchasing is the weight of your chandelier. A standard ceiling outlet box will only hold a maximum of 50 lbs, thus additional hardware and components might be needed. Its also a good idea to check for installation instructions and specifications of the chandelier because no one foyer is the same in every home. If you have a two-story foyer, center your chandelier so it may be viewed from outside.


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