Choosing the Dining Room Light Fixture

Yes, it’s true. Lighting is essential to our lives and in our days it serves many needs. We need light to perform our activity and for our safety and security.

We also, need light to enhance our living environment and a typical dining room setting is used for many everyday activities like eating, reading, and entertaining company. Dining room is a focal point area for your family and guests and the lighting can improve the entire appearance of the room.

In fact, dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional and using light fixtures that are multifunctional is the key for this home area.

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However, lighting need to match with the room furniture too and not just with the room size. When the light fixture is proportionate to the table size a balance is created throughout room. A large chandelier (or light fixture) is a perfectly match for a large dining table. Suspended over the dining table, it serves as a decorative style element that enhances the beauty of your fine furnishings.

To determine the proper size chandelier for a dining table, choose a chandelier with a diameter 12″ less than width of table. This assumes the table is sized appropriate for room. To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter of the correct-sized chandelier. If the light fixture is too wide, guests and your family have a tendency to hit their heads as they exit the table.

You don’t have to forget the height of the room. Generally speaking, it should be hung with the bottom of the fixture 30” above the tabletop for an 8’ ceiling.

Remember that if your dining space has lots of natural light, using a dimmer switch on your chandeliers will be helpful.  A dimmer saves energy and helps control the levels of luminance needed in that space throughout all hours of the day.

Though chandeliers still remain as the typical light fixture over your dining table, multifunctional lighting fixtures are working their way to your table. Ceiling fans provide both lighting along with air circulation. Pendants and mini-pendants are now replacing the typical chandeliers. They are installed fixed, at varied heights, and on adjustable tracks that help bring a contemporary aesthetic to your dining room.

A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with buffet lamps on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier.

Additional ideas four your dining room may include track lighting, recessed lights over the buffet, and maybe a pair of wall sconces (light fixtures that are mounted on the wall).

And add a  candlestick to complete the ambiance.

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