3 hacks for lighting the dining room

Think again if you thought the only point of dining room lights was finding the perfect pendant light to install over the dining table. No, lighting the dining room is also about adding a cosy, comfortable atmosphere to the rest of the room, whether that’s a battery lamp placed on a side table or an LED strip light to enhance a glass display cabinet.

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The right lighting for the whole dining room

In contrast to the living room, the focus in the dining room is on area lighting - especially the pendant light above the dining table. The important thing to remember about your choice is how well it lights the dining area - and how it works with other lamps and lights in the room. And with lights available in all sorts of styles and designs, including vintage, country house and industrial, there’s something for everybody.

Area lighting

Typically, the table is the centrepiece in the dining room. Whether it’s a simple or grand dining table - the dining area deserves its own light. The best choice for this is a pendant light. And the shape and size of the table should determine whether you choose single or multi-bulb dining room lights.

Basic lighting

It’s not only the dining table that needs lighting. The rest of the dining room must be well lit too. Wall lights with pleasant indirect lighting add shape and warmth to the room. A floor lamp next to a sideboard also creates this cosiness. And adding spotlights to your dining room lights via a track system is a modern way to discreetly bathe the dining room wall in light.

Accent lighting

However, dining room lights are more than just lighting a table or the walls. It’s also about highlighting crockery cupboards, sideboards and display cabinets. To do this effectively, coloured or white lighting, with the help of LED candles, picture lights and LED strips are ideal for drawing attention to a painting or for lighting the insides of cupboards and display cabinets.


The right lighting for the dining table

A pendant lamp is an ideal way to light a dining table. Its downward light cone illuminates the table and the immediate area around it before gently fading away. The further down the light hangs, the more focused the light cone becomes. However, the hanging light shouldn’t interfere with you making eye contact with the person opposite. The minimum distance from the tabletop to the lower edge of the pendant lamp should be approx. 60 cm.

Single-bulb pendant lights

You can get by with a single-bulb pendant light if you have a round or small, square dining table. When placed centrally above the middle of the table, it radiates the light evenly to the edge of the table and chairs.

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Multi-bulb pendant lights

A single cone of light isn’t enough to bathe the entire dining area in evenly distributed light with a large table. In these instances, multi-bulb or several single-bulb models placed next to each other are a better option. The wider the table, the more individual dining room lights are needed.

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Orientation light is important

In addition to the central pendant light above the table, the dining room should also have other light sources. Wall lights that give out indirect light are ideal for this. Spotlights, floor and table lamps and wire or track systems can fulfil this function too. The result? A contrasting light between the dining table and the rest of the room that’s pleasing to the eye.


Accentuate details with multi-faceted accent lighting

As mentioned, dining room lights aren’t just about lighting the table. It’s about the surrounding pieces of furniture, like display cabinets, china cabinets and sideboards too. Even artwork on the wall, personal mementoes, pictures and chest of drawers should attract attention in the room through additional lighting choices without significantly changing the lighting conditions.

Table lamps

Table lamps on chests of drawers and side tables are a great way of adding cosy, relaxing accent lighting. Depending on personal taste, table lamps can be decorated in different styles in the dining room - from Scandi to natural chic and country house flair.

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Shelf lights

Practical, original lamps catch everyone’s eye. Especially when they light up a wall shelf - and some models even have an additional charging function for smartphones.

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Battery lights

Trendy wireless table lamps can be used in places where cables either look messy or cannot reach without causing a trip hazard. One alternative is battery-powered candles. Or for truly inspirational ideas, our Lights2Go range has a selection of wireless lamps you can move and place elsewhere whenever the feeling takes you.

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LED strips

Coloured or white LED strips look beautiful on shelves or inside display cabinets. And they’re even more practical when controlled via a smartphone that allows you to set the light colour or determine when the light automatically turns on and off.

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Furniture lights

Recessed or surface-mounted lights are ideal for furniture with shelf surfaces and solid shelf boards because they cast a warm glow across the surfaces. This guarantees your favourite porcelain cups, ornaments and trinkets are one of the main highlights of the room.

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Picture lights

Anyone who values upmarket furnishings will undoubtedly want to decorate their dining room walls with paintings and prints. Picture lights are the best choice to show off your favourite purchases, picture lights - mounted directly above the object.

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LED candles

LED candles and tea lights placed directly on the dining table or on a dresser, sideboard, or shelf bring a relaxing ambience with their natural-looking flicker. And thanks to their energy-saving technology, you’ll rarely, if ever, have to replace them.

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