Published by Naomie Whitely, Aug 27, 2017
Lighting fixtures are one of the prominent decoration in your dining room which take part in determining the general style of the room. You can place a large pendant lighting fixture over the dining table, or a line of smaller pendant lighting on the kitchen’s island.
The style of the fixture should match the design and colors of the room, as well as the furnishings. Choosing the right dining room lighting fixture probably isn’t an easy business, but we’ve got your back! Here are some tips to make it easier:
1) Choose the right size and shape for your dining room
When choosing a lighting fixture for the dining room, aside from its style, keep the size and shape of your room and the table in mind. If you’ve got a round table, a rounded pendant lighting fixture or a classic chandelier will be a great decoration. On the other hand, a rectangular dining table looks great with a linear pendant fixture.
When it comes to size, be sure that your lighting fixture is 60 centimeters smaller than the table in all sides. For example, if your table is 200 centimeters long and 150 centimeters wide, your best dining room lighting should be roughly 140 centimeters long and 90 centimeters wide.
2) Hang it at the right height
You know that the pendant fixtures and chandeliers are the best choices for the dining room. One thing to keep in mind is to be sure to hang it in the right position; not too high and not too low. The ideal height of the lighting fixture is about 75 – 90 centimeters above the dining table, measured from the bottom of the lighting fixture and the surface of your table.
If you have a high ceiling, you can hang the light higher and make the distance up to 102 centimeters. The general rule of thumb is adding 2.5 centimeters of extra space between the bottom of the lighting and the surface of the table for each additional 30 centimeters of ceiling height.
3) Mix your lighting to brighten and create a unique look
Even if it’s so common to place a single lighting in the dining room, that turns out to be far than sufficient. Add additional lighting fixtures to brighten the room, and to embellish the focal pendant or chandelier. For example, you can try adding some wall-mounted lighting or maybe LED stripes to your kitchen cabinets to add some glows.
4) Use a dimmer switch
To make your dining moments memorable and special, you can add a dimmer switch to match and create the mood for particular dining events. You can opt for a brighter dining room for a merry family dinner or party. To create a romantic of calm dinner ambiance, just dim the light down. Dimmer switch lets you customize a number of lights based on your needs.
5) Get the right wattage
You don’t need to pay more on your electricity bills, but experiencing the lack of wattage is also not a great idea. The tip is multiply the width by the length of the room in feet, then multiply that number by 1.5 to get the right amount of wattage to fulfill your room’s requirement.