Dining Room Lighting
Dining room lighting should create a warm and inviting atmosphere, while also providing ample lighting for the various activities that may take place at the dining table. For this reason, creating a combined lighting plan by utilising lamps and dimmable downlights
will allow you to customise the illumination to suit your needs. Pendant lights
over a dining table provide a beautiful decorative touch, either with one large fixture or grouping a cluster or row of pendants.
Long pendant styles are great lighting choices for a rectangular dining table, as they complement the linear shape while dispersing light over the length of the table from various lamp holders.
Circular edged pendant lights beautifully complement round dining tables, creating a clean and refined statement in the middle of the table. Tall pendant light designs, such as large bells or cylinders, create a balance with their elongated silhouette.
One of the big questions with pendant lighting over a dining table is what height to hang it. This can depend on the size and shape of your pendant, as well as your personal preference, however the general guide is around 75cm above the table top. The suspension length of most pendant lights can be shortened during installation, however those with high ceilings will need to take the cord length into account or get in touch to see if your chosen pendant can be lengthened.
Once you've made your choice, you'll need to pick the light source. Most pendant lights have a standard screw-in (E27) lamp holder, allowing endless options for creating your ideal lighting effect. A warm white globe is perfect for enhancing the inviting atmosphere of a dining area. Older style light sources such as halogen and incandescent, are the original warm light bulbs. If you are leaning towards a more energy efficient LED bulb, look for a colour temperature between 2200 kelvins and 3000 kelvins. Some LED manufacturers have developed decorative LED bulbs to replicate incandescent 'Edison' bulbs, which produce a soft and ambient light.
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