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Dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional. This requires a mix of general, task, and accent lighting that can set the mood for a number of functions, including a formal dinner, a family get-together, and other activities such as homework, hobbies, or family bookkeeping.
A dining room chandelier can act as the spectacular focal point of the space. 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. If equipped with a downlight component, the chandelier provides task lighting for the table and accent lighting for a centerpiece.
Avoid using high wattage light bulbs in your chandelier. Higher wattage bulbs will increase the heat over the table and can cause unwanted glare. Add a wall dimmer to a fixture or chandelier for greater lighting control.
Recessed lighting and dining room track lighting can provide general lighting, as well as 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 fixtures with tungsten-halogen bulbs will make your crystal and silverware sparkle (see light sources).
A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with dining room wall sconces or buffet lights on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier. Displayed objects can be accented with recessed downlights installed in the ceiling above.
A family portrait can be dramatically accentuated with recessed adjustable accent fixtures. Ask the a LAMPS PLUS certified lighting consultant to help you choose fixtures that are best suited for this purpose. One idea for collectables displayed in a china cabinet, breakfront, hutch, or wall niche, is to install strips of low-voltage mini-cone lights under the shelves. You might also be able to use picture lights over a hutch or shelf.
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