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Lighting Your Dining Room

The dining room of today is rarely used just for entertaining and formal dining. Most often the dining table doubles as a work zone for homework or projects, meetings and crafts, and last, but not least as a gathering place for family and friends.
It is a place where everyone can unwind over a good meal and enjoy each other’s company. Instead of trying to illuminate an entire dining room with a single light source, like a chandelier or a pendant light, the best balance of illumination is achieved by using a variety of light sources. A single chandelier that is capable of illuminating an entire room will most likely be too bright for comfort. Layers of light will create the ideal illumination that is pleasing without creating glare.
With open floor plans many formal dining rooms have been replaced by dining areas that are the central hub of the home, close to the kitchen and other living areas. The right lighting will set the perfect mood for your dining experience and also provide ample task lighting.
There are a few simple tricks that can make a huge difference:
1. hanging the chandelier or pendant light at the correct height over the table and
2. Using a dimmer.
A chandelier over your dining table can create a soft, warm atmosphere similar to candlelight. But have you ever noticed, how good restaurants slowly lower the light level over a certain timeframe during the evening from the brighter light used for early diners, who are on their way to a movie, to the more lingering, un-hurried crowd later at night ? That is no coincidence, but clearly reflects how people behave at different light levels.
Using dimmers allow you to use the bright task level light you need for setting the table or for clean-up, while creating atmosphere by bringing the light level down when your guests arrive.
For an elegant and romantic mood blend candlelight with a variety of electric light sources throughout the room. Dim each group of fixtures separately to create a variety of moods for your dining room. Add a few wall sconces, a couple of buffet lamps, a torchiere in a corner and you will immediately feel a tremendous difference in the overall atmosphere of the room.

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