Recessed Lighting - Dining Room?

cdinaApril 14, 2009

We are remodeling our kitchen and opening it up to our dining room. We are moving the sliding glass door that leads to the deck from the kitchen to the dining room. The dining room is fairly small (12 x 10). With the slider in its new location, you'll enter and be immediately facing the dining room table. Should I leave our chandelier over the dining room table or convert to recessed lights so as to perhaps open the room up visually. I am being told that you shouldn't have high hats in a dining room but this is an open floor plan not a formal dining room like my folks had. Our kitchen will also have pendants above the island, which is fairly close to where the chandelier is located.

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"Shouldn't have high hats in a dining room."

A chandelier is considered a necessity in a dining room because of the way it distributes light. When sitting around a table with family and friends we look our best with light falling on our faces from a fixture hanging over the table. A hanging fixture placed in this area helps eliminate facial shadows. If lighting humans from directly overhead we look like zombies with huge bags under eyes and shadows under noses and chins.

Good reasons for not having a chandelier may be that you have an incredible view out the dining window that you don't want to block, the table must be movable for special events or the interior designer says so.

Recessed fixtures can supplement a chandelier. One on each side of the chandelier can be aimed down through the chandelier to light the fixture itself better. This makes crystal sparkle. On long tables you might add a recessed fixture over the table at each end to create nice pools of light which make holiday meals, china and glassware look very nice. If there is art on the walls then recessed fixtures should be used to light the art. MR16 fixtures are recommended for the above types of lighting. Small apertures help the fixtures to not be so noticeable and the small lamps are more adjustable.

If you choose to have recessed fixtures instead of a chandelier then you will need to put them down the center line of the table using a wide flood type of lamp to get the light to fall on faces from the best possible angle. You will likely need more of them to light the walls. With only some in the middle of the room the walls will be dark.

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