How To Hang Your Barn Lights The Right Way

Posted on: 31 October 2014

So, you've decided to upgrade the lights around your house. After what seemed to be a countless number of hours, you made the decision to settle on barn lights. The hard part is over, right? Not necessarily. While most of the work is done, you now have to determine how to hang your lights. Contrary to popular belief, there is a right and a wrong way to hang your barn style lights. When it comes to how to hang your lights, where you are installing them matters most. With proper placement you can send your new lights from ordinary to extraordinary.

Dining Room

When hanging new barn lights in your dining room, your lights should help highlight your dining table as the focal point of the room. If you chose a goose-neck style light, consider installing the lights parallel to the lines of the table. This should give you a light at each corner of the table. If you chose a pendant light style, the lights should be hung along the entire length of table, an equal distance apart.

Each of these hanging styles helps to frame your table and attract attention towards it. Making it the center piece of the room. If you haven't already purchased your lights, you might want to consider purchasing a combination of pendant and goose-neck style lights. Mixing between the two styles adds variety and more character to the space.


If you've decided to stick with tradition and use your barn lights around your foyer, you need to pay attention to height. The height of your home will determine exactly how you need to hang your lights. For single story houses, try not to hang your lights any higher than seven feet away from the base of your foyer. At this height, your lights are hung high enough that they aren't in the way, but not so high that it looks like they're bordering your roof.

If you have a taller, two-story home, hang your barn lights at least five feet lower than the roof of your foyer. This will ensure that the entire foyer is lit up, instead of just the upper half. If your home's foyer is taller than the rest of your home, you might need to bring the light down a little lower.

Ultimately, how you choose to hang your lights around your home is really up to you. Collect as much information as you can about hanging barn lights and go from there. Your home should be a personal reflection of your own style and taste, even when it comes to light design.