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How Do I Light My Foyer?

Here are a few guidelines we follow when lighting a foyer for our clients:

  • To determine the proper fixture width:  add the length and width dimensions (in feet) of the foyer area together.   This number will be approximately the proper width (in inches) for the fixture you’ll need there.  The visual weight, materials used and design of the fixture should also be taken into consideration.
  • To determine the proper fixture height: The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.   Depending on ceiling height, you can use a flush mount, a semi-flush, or if you have a tall ceiling, you could use a 2 or 3 tier chandelier.  Sconces may also be added to the mix to add another layer of light.
  • If there is a window above the front door, center the chandelier so it can be seen from outside.  If the foyer area is large, you may also need to include wall sconces to insure proper lighting levels.  Install them approximately 60 inches from the floor, 6 – 8 feet apart.
  • Table or buffet  lamps can be added to tables to add extra lighting and a cozy feel to a larger foyer.

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