Home >Blog >How to choose the correct size of light for your dining room

How to choose the correct size of light for your dining room

January 7, 2016 By Edel Treanor

There's nothing quite like a chandelier or pendant light hanging above a dining room table to really bring the room to life. However, there are a couple of things to bear in mind before making any purchase decisions. We have gathered a few tips to help you choose the perfect lighting fixture for your dining room.

There's nothing like a chandelier or pendant light hanging over a dining room table to really bring the room to life. But there are a couple things to keep in mind when hanging it.

Measure your dining room table

We recommend sizing a chandelier 30 cm less in diameter than the table’s smallest width. Because the recommended height above a table in a room with an 8-foot ceiling is 76 cm, you might subtract a few cm from that so heads don’t bump as diners move to or from the table. The right size central fixture will help determine what supplementary lighting you need for your dining room. Our Essence pendant lights are suspended in this restaurant

Match the scale of the fixture to ceiling height

Add 2 cm to the height of the chandelier for each foot the ceiling stands over 8 feet. A 12-foot ceiling would lift a chandelier to at least 85 cm above the table. If the ceiling is very high, you may use a larger chandelier to match the scale of the room rather than the size of the table; as the chandelier rises, “headroom” is no longer an issue. The right size central fixture will help determine what supplementary lighting you need for your dining room.

Fit the chandelier to the proportions of the room

Add the two dimensions of the room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in cm. A 81 cm chandelier would look great on a 12-by-20-foot dining room but overwhelm a room that is only 10 feet wide by 15 feet long. Ensuring you have the right size of chandelier is essential to achieve your desired lighting scheme Large chandeliers can often overwhelm a space

Consider perceptions

Although they may be the same overall size, a modern chandelier of informal starbursts using light-emitting diodes will appear to spread out wider than a formal, compact “crystal” chandelier. In addition, consider using an oblong chandelier for a long table or one customarily used with one or more leaves; a round or square piece might appear to be skimpy. Mullan Lighting have a range of pendant light fixtures suitable for different spaces.

Related Articles

Five Contemporary Chandeliers for above your Kitchen Island

Five Contemporary Chandeliers for above your Kitchen Island

Read more
How to create perfect lighting in a large space with chandeliers

How to create perfect lighting in a large space with chandeliers

Read more
Tips on styling your dining room with good lighting design

Tips on styling your dining room with good lighting design

Read more
Bespoke chandeliers suspended above newly opened Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

Bespoke chandeliers suspended above newly opened Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

Read more