Littman Bros |  September 16, 2009

Dining Room Lighting from Functional to Formal

Today’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, dining room lighting within the dining room can be transformed from functional to formal setting.

A light fixture over the dining room table 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.

A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of the fixture above the dining room table.  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 no more than 3/4 of the table’s width, or extend no closer than 6″ to the table’s edge.
  • Always install a dimmer that will enable you to vary the light for each occasion.