Dining Room Lighting

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dining Room LightingToday’s dining rooms reflect our changing lifestyles. Once used solely for daily dining, this room has become more multi-purpose. During the week, the dining room is used as a work zone for homework and crafts. On the weekends and special occasions it becomes a gathering place for parties and meals. In the flick of a switch, the dining room can be transformed from functional to fashionable.

A chandelier is the focal point of the dining room and should express your own personal style, while still satisfying general lighting needs. When the light is dimmed, a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is created. If equipped with a down light, the chandelier provides task lighting for the table and accent lighting for a centerpiece.

Recessed or monorail track lighting provides general lighting, while enabling you to highlight prized possessions throughout the room. A ring of four recessed down lights around the dining table supplements the light from the chandelier, while providing accent lighting for your tableware. The pure white light of low-voltage fixtures with tungsten-halogen bulbs will make your crystal and silverware sparkle.

A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier. Displayed objects can be accented with recessed cans installed in the ceiling above.

A china cabinet, hutch, or wall niche can become a showplace for your prized collectibles by installing strips of LED under cabinet tape lights under the shelves.

Three important dining room lighting tips:

  • The larger your room, the larger your fixture should be.
  • Chandeliers or pendant lighting should be hung 30-36 inches above the table.
  • Always install a dimmer that will enable you to vary the light for each occasion.