Dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional. This requires a mix of general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting that can set the mood for a number of functions. Dimming controls enable you to vary the light intensity for each occasion, whether it’s a formal dinner, a family get-together, or other activities such as homework, hobbies, or family bookkeeping. Chandeliers add sparkle and style to your dining room while giving you the general lighting you need for dining and entertaining. Chandeliers offer either direct or indirect light.
From traditional to contemporary lighting, the choices of finish, light source and style make it easy to find the perfect light fixture for your dining room decor.
A China cabinet, breakfront, hutch, or wall niche can become a showplace for your prized collectibles by installing lighting that is correctly placed within the unit.
A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose light fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier. Displayed objects can be accented with recessed downlights installed in the ceiling above.
A chandelier is the focal point of the dining room. Suspended over the dining table, it serves as a decorative style element that enhances the beauty of your fine furnishings. When the light is dimmed, a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is created.
In selecting the correct size of your chandelier, an easy rule of thumb is to take the length and width of the room and add them. Example: For a 14’x16’ room, you would look for a chandelier approximately 30” wide. The height of the ceiling and type of chandelier will also help to determine the correct size.
Recessed or track lighting provides general lighting while enabling you to highlight prized possessions throughout the room. A ring of four recessed downlights around the dining table supplements the light from the chandelier while providing accent lighting for your tableware. The pure white light of low-voltage lighting fixtures with tungsten-halogen light bulbs will make your crystal and silverware sparkle.
A family portrait can be dramatically lighted with recessed adjustable accent fixtures. Ask our lighting experts to help you choose light fixtures that are best suited for this purpose.4
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