Your dining room serves many purposes. It’s where you gather, eat, entertain, and more! The tricky part about dining room lighting is that it needs to be bright enough for after-school studying, while inviting enough for intimate dinner parties. This is why your dining area simply isn’t complete without the right light.
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Here are a few steps to finding the perfect centerpiece for your dining room:
• Take a look at your dining table and note the size, shape and style. This will help you determine if you should shop for a chandelier instead of linear lights. Nailing down the size and style will narrow down your options significantly.
• As a general rule of thumb, your chandelier should be approximately half the width of the table, and should hang about 30 to 36 inches above the tabletop. You’ll also need to consider the ceiling height when determining the size of the fixture. For every foot of ceiling height, allow three inches of fixture height. So, in a room with 10 foot ceilings, the ideal height of the fixture would be 30 inches tall.
Lamps tip: Maxim Lighting has a super easy chandelier size calculator. All you need are some basic measurements.
• Consider brightness and lumen output when choosing a fixture. A decorative piece is going to have a lower light output because it’s purpose is to make a statement and set the mood. Layer the light of the room with complementary wall sconces or track lighting to illuminate a certain area or aspect of the room.
• Dimming is important here because it allows you to instantly change the mood of the room. Check the specs of the fixture to make sure it’s able to be placed on a dimmer. It’s also important to note the type of dimmer because not all dimmers are designed to control all bulb types.
Chandeliers that will out-shine your dining room table: