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Dining Room Lighting

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Dining room lighting can be a little tricky in the way it is expected to be at once focused and ambient, offering adequate light without being too direct. This task is typically accomplished with a combination of ceiling lights and sconces throughout the space.

If you’re looking to create the perfect lighting in your dining space, read on to learn about the basic types of lighting that can help brighten up your meals!

Ceiling Lights

The most commonly used ceiling lights for dining spaces are suspended light fixtures such as pendant lights and chandeliers. These allow you to light your table from above so that you get sufficient lighting that is close enough to properly illuminate a table, but still plenty high enough to stay out of the way. Lights that are hung too high also tend to glare a bit, so aim to hang your chandelier or pendant around 30 inches above your table.

If a hanging fixture isn’t your style, many opt for flush mount or close to ceiling fixtures. These sit up against the ceiling and typically offer less focused ambient light. Flush mount and close to ceiling fixtures can be more versatile in terms of style and are available a lower price point than pendants or chandeliers.


Sconces are the go-to wall lighting for dining spaces. Their installation type keeps them up and out of the way, while their placement against a wall helps them contribute indirect light to the space. Sconces come in a huge variety of styles, so they can maintain a casual look or help elevate the design of a dining space

A Note on Light Bulbs:

Different types of light bulbs can illuminate a space with various hues of lighting. Be sure to choose bulbs that match the tone you would like in your dining space.

  • LED bulbs produce a clean white light.
  • Traditional incandescent bulbs offer a range of tints from warm yellow or orange tints to brighter white hues. Be sure to check individual bulbs’ descriptions to see what color light they emit.
  • Fluorescent bulbs offer a bright light that is either white or slightly yellow tinted.
  • Halogen bulbs emit a bright white light with blue undertones.
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