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Brass Lantern Island Lights

All the details about our lantern lighting and how to select island lights. 

brass lantern pendant lighting

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is about the lantern lights we used in our kitchen. So many factors when into selecting our island lighting including size, how much light they would provide, height {as to not block conversation or feel invasive when Chris is cooking with me due to his height} and how they would direct light.

So many things to consider, right? Let’s break them down one by one.

lantern pendants

How to select island lights:

  • Size. Like everything in your home, you want it to be to scale. Use cutouts if you have to to visualize what size lantern or pendant light will work best in your kitchen.
  • Light. Consider how much light you want or need. We eliminated the light on the other side of the kitchen and decided to forgo can lights for a clean appearance. Therefore, we needed these to illuminate the entire kitchen, requiring more wattage.
  • Height. Finding the right height can be challenging. You want them low enough to make it feel intimate {and not stocky}, but high enough that conversations can still happen across the island. Most importantly, you never want your island pendants to knock anyone out. Ask Chris. Those original to our home did. Ouch.
  • Light direction. This one is a little trickier. We had a pendant at our previous how that pushed the light down, which made the ceiling feel dark.

lantern island lights

Light placement will largely be determined by the height of your ceiling and length of your island, however this is a great guide to hanging island lights.

I fell in love with these brass lanterns after seeing this image a few years ago and loved how classic they felt. Unfortunately, I was not able to find the original source of the image or the the lanterns after an extensive search, so I had similar custom made at Copper Lantern Lighting, who I had worked with before. Should you want to recreate the look, here are all the details:

  • 12″ wide x 22″ high
  • antique brass
  • clear glass

lantern pendant light

A few notes should you decide to custom order as well:

  • They estimate 8 weeks, but the few times I’ve ordered with them it exceeded 12 weeks, so plan ahead.
  • Each lantern is $964 + $150 to ship.
  • Hang with rubber gloves to avoid any fingerprints.

lantern island lights

pendant island lights

Our measurements:

  • We hung each lantern 39″ apart from chain to chain.
  • The ceiling to the ring measures 10″
  • The ceiling to the base of light is 31″
  • The base of the lantern to the top of the island is 27″

brass lantern pendant light

You can get all o the details of our kitchen here!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



15 comments on “Brass Lantern Island Lights”

  1. Hahaha! You paid over a $2,000 dollars for two lamps that are so plain. I guess if you like throwing away money on just a light….. hehe

    • Hi Kate! Timeless fixtures made from natural materials are definitely an investment that last a lifetime and never go out of style. In addition to adding value to our home and providing a function, they’re also the centerpiece of the kitchen.

      • Such a great perspective. I totally agree with investing in pieces like this. You’ll love them for years to come. They make such a statement in this space too. Beautiful!

        xo Michael

  2. They are beautiful and timeless!!!

  3. Julie, your lanterns are stunning! So classic and beautiful!  I totally agree with investing in classic pieces like this…..they will look so good forever!  Love your style!!

  4. Hi Julie! Your kitchen is stunning and the lanterns complement the other fixtures and color scheme. I couldn’t help but notice your chairs/stools. I just love them and would be so grateful to know where you purchased them.

  5. They are gorgeous! It’s a timeless style, so I’m sure you’ll love them for years. You must sigh every time you walk into your kitchen. 
    I’m like you and have to see before I buy. Everything I’ve added to my home was bought with considerable research and time. I want to love it for years. 
    Great little tutorial on buying and hanging pendants over your island.

  6. Hi! I would love to get the same lanterns as yours but nervous my ceiling height is too low. My ceilings are 7’10 and 1/2. Do you think that is too low for them. How high are your ceilings


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