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Dining Room

Use more than a chandelier or just one fixture to light the room. Layer with light from a variety of sources to get the most flexibility for creating different moods in the same room.

When hanging a chandelier, make sure that the chandelier is 6” to 12” smaller than the narrowest side of the table. The bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30” above your table.

Chandeliers with 200 to 400 overall wattage provide abundant illumination for a dining room.

Using dimmers and layering with light allows you to use the bright light you need while setting your table, and then bring the light down when your guests arrive.

For an elegant setting, blend candlelight and lower levels of electric light sources all over the room. Dim each group of lights separately to create a variety of dining moods.

For accent lighting, use adjustable halogen recessed fixtures, such as the SYLVANIA PAR 20 or a 50 watt R20 Reflector lamp aimed on the table and chandelier. This will provide additional light on the table, and will also bring out the luminosity of the chandelier.

Try our Double Life Crystal Décor bulbs in chandeliers to add sparkle to glasses and dinnerware. Choose chandeliers that are at least one foot smaller in diameter than the smallest table dimensions.

When using down lighting over the dining room table, be careful not to create unbecoming dark shadows on your guest’s faces. Placing additional light sources elsewhere in the room helps to balance the light.

Wash one wall with light, or add decorative torchieres or wall scones to provide additional layers of ambient light. Use halogen or Crystal Décor bulbs.

Use our halogen directional bulbs in adjustable accent lights to highlight plants, artwork, or special furnishings. Colors will really look their best.

Mount small halogen or miniature fluorescent bulbs inside your china cabinet and valences to add a dramatic effect in your dining room.

If you want to create a brilliant display in the middle of your table (flowers perhaps) use a bulb with a very narrow beam, such as the Small PAR Lamps (36) in a recessed fixture overhead.