Posted on May 01 2017
Dining room lighting should evoke a warm and inviting feeling. When choosing lighting for a dining room, it is important to consider the functionality and aesthetics of a light fitting.
As dining tables can be used for many different tasks, creating a combined lighting plan with hanging lights, dimmable downlights and lamps can ensure that your light output can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Pendant lights over a dining table create a decorative statement. Available in various shapes and sizes, pendants create a stunning focal point using either one large fixture or by making a cluster or row of pendants; depending on the shape of your table.
Personal preference is key when choosing a pendant light, as the options are styles are truly endless. Just one point to consider is whether you dislike the appearance of light bulbs, in which case a design which hides or diffuses the bulb (such as a fabric or frosted glass shade) may be a perfect choice.
The size of the space will be the main influence for what size pendant you choose, as well as the size and shape of your table. It is important to keep scale in mind when you choose dining room pendants, and your ideal look. Some prefer a minimal decoration where others like a bold statement.
Long pendant styles are a great choice for lighting over a rectangular dining table. Bench pendants, in lantern or multi-light styles complement the linear shape and ensure light output is dispersed over the length of the table.
Pendant lights with circular edges beautifully complement the curves of round dining tables, creating a clean and simple statement when positioned in the middle of the table. Tall pendant lights, such as large bell or cylinders beautifully balance the table shape with elongated silhouettes.
The height to hang pendants over a dining table can vary depending on the size and style of your pendant, however a general guide is around 75cm over your table top. Most pendant light suspensions can be shortened easily on-site, however if you have high ceilings you will need to take the cord length into account, or get in touch to see if your chosen pendant can be lengthened.
Once you have chosen your pendant, it is time to choose the light source. Many pendants have a standard screw-in (E27) lamp holder, which offers endless options for finding your ideal lighting effect. In a dining area, opt for a 'warm white' globe to enhance the inviting atmosphere you are creating. Older style lighting types, like halogen and incandescent, are only available in a warm colour temperature. However, if going for a more energy efficient LED bulb, look for a colour temperature between 2200 kelvins and 3000 kelvins. Some manufactures have developed decorative LED bulbs which replicate the incandescent 'Edison' bulbs, which are ideal for a soft and ambient light. Forget about fluorescent bulbs, there are options in a warm white range, but overall this lighting style is glary and clinical.