Pendant Lighting in Dining Rooms

Dining Room Pendant Lighting

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The right lighting creates an inviting, romantic and fun atmosphere but most of all, a practical function.

Modern pendant lights can accentuate architectural details in a more contemporary design or complement and update a classic home.

They create a point of interest and draw your attention to a focal point by being deliberately placed in order to enhance the design or change the mood of a space. They can also be artfully placed together to create your own unique statement piece.

Pendant lights are very often installed over the dining table, whether it is located in a separate dining room or in a large dining area combined with kitchen.

In a layered lighting scheme, there are four different types of lighting: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting, all of which can be well utilised in a dining area.

A benefit of pendants is that they can fit in any space since they come in sizes both big and small. Their versatility also means that there are styles of pendant to fit any taste.

What is a Pendant light?

Pendant Lights are among the most popular and most widely-varied styles of lighting.

They’re also broadly defined, so many lights can fit under the pendant umbrella. The word pendant refers to any hanging lighting fixture that is mounted on a chain, stem, cable or wire.

Such lights offer an artistic centre piece and are easy to change.

One of the valuable things about a pendant fixture is that it brings the light down from the ceiling and puts it closer to your table.

Because the definition is so broad, there are a lot of different, and different-looking, light fixtures that are called pendant lights.

The most basic ones have a single light bulb mounted base up, inside a globe or under an open shade or open reflector. But lanterns, fixtures that take bulbs mounted base down — such as chandeliers — and many of the different heads available for track lights are also part of the family.

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Task Lighting in the Dining Room.

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The most popular use of pendants in the Dining Room is over the Table as task lighting.

Dining room pendant lighting is a wonderful way to properly illuminate the table and add a touch of astonishing elegance to the whole area. Dining room pendant lighting may consist of several light fixtures in a row where the table is long.

Ambient Lighting in the Dining Room.

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Ambient lighting is more about creating a warm and welcoming feel in a room. Accent lights, such as track lights and uplights, highlight features in a dining room such as beautiful detailing or artwork, and decorative lighting can be something like a chandelier or a beautifully designed pendant that adds character and pizzazz to the space.

Pendant Shapes

Drum pendants

These lights feature drum-shaped shades. Three common materials for the shades are fabric, glass and metal. Fabric shades soften the lights’ glow, glass shades give off the most light and metal shades make a subdued shine. Drum pendants often have more than one bulb and are as bright as traditional chandeliers.

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Bowl pendants

Pendants with bowl-shaped diffusers that have broad bases and open tops, allowing light to radiate even more and making these ideal for lighting large spaces. Bowl pendants are often seen above dining tables. Some bowls point up and others point down to concentrate light in differing ways.

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Bell pendants

Featuring distinctive bell-shaped glass, bell pendants are generally seen hanging in rows above dining tables.

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Mini pendants

These pendants are small and slender, often used in multiples and available in a huge range of finishes, shapes and styles. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s bound to be a mini pendant that will fit the bill.

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Looks to choose from.

In a dining space where the pendant will be a central feature you can be adventurous and have a bit of fun. To create that ‘wow factor’ you could opt for more of a textured fitting such as clay beads, woven rattan or leather strapping. Hanging a cluster of pendants at different levels can create interest.

When selecting a dining table to go with it, find something simple in design and material, as this enable the table to complement your pendants rather than compete with them.

Sleek black, white and chrome designs will suit more modern and minimalist interiors, and intricate metal and large glass pendants will be a better fit for traditional homes.


Clear glass is great because it reflects the interior decor without overwhelming it. It works great in most rooms – and it the most cost effective!

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Copper drop pendants are a striking feature! While they feel very modern and edgy, the copper colour offers a warmer look than most metals. I recommend using more than one, by grouping them together and varying their length.

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This look is creeping further into domestic environments. People are seeking out alternative materials to make their homes unique. For a softer look, opt for timber. Similarly, wicker can also work wonders.

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Positioning Pendant Lighting

Generally, pendant light fittings are placed directly above the dining table, as a central singular fitting (when a round or square table) or a row lights when the table is long and rectangular.

A good guideline is to use the “Rule of Three”.

To the human eye, the most balanced configuration appears to be an odd number.

Generally, two – three pendants work for best effect, (depending on their size), as four pendants would appear too cluttered or busy.

Sometimes intuition can act as the best guide and a hunch can help to be determined by a creating a sketch that is roughly to scale to see if your vision can work.

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Energy Efficient LED Light Pendants

Brightness of globes for pendant lighting

Before purchasing your pendant lighting, you must consider the brightness you need to get out of the light itself. This will depend on several factors including purpose of the light. Are you using the pendant as task lighting, ambient, accent or decorative purposes only? What other light sources are in the room?

However, a small range of pendant lights will be built in LED which means you can’t change the globe and make it brighter if needed.

Long lasting and using less energy than regular halogen globes, LED pendants will ensure significant savings on your power bills.

Read more about some rules on how to calculate the right size of dining room pendant lights before making a purchase. A very smart idea is to install dimmer switches. In this way you’ll be able to change the mood in a room, making the lights bright for a formal cases or parties and dim them for a romantic dinner with your loved one.

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Hanging a pendant light fitting above your dining table is an instant winner! Locating an object centrally above the table is a powerful tool as it points to a centre. It helps to anchor the space and creates an overall visual balance against the heaviness of a dining setting.