When hanging a light over a table or a kitchen island 28 to 34 inches is the recommended distance from the bottom of the light to the surface of the table or island. However the size of the light makes a difference. In general a smaller light can be moved lower and a larger light can be moved higher.
Adding lights as decorative elements helps set a mood in a space. Provided that general lighting is already installed using lights instead of wall art can be a decorative way to provide ambient lighting.
This kitchen features several layers of light: The recessed cans provide overhead illumination the pendant lights above the island illuminate the workspace and undercabinet area and above-cabinet accent lighting gives the space a burst of savvy style.