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Lighting Tips Suit for the Dining Room

Dining room lighting should be functional and set the mood for a variety of occasions.
A chandelier is the focal point of the dining room. Suspended over the dining table, it serves as a decorative style element that enhances the beauty of your fine furnishings. When the light is dimmed a soft glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is created. If equipped with a downlight the chandelier provides task lighting for the table and accent lighting for the centerpiece.

Recessed or track lighting provides general lighting while enabling you to highlight prized possessions throughout a room. The white light of low-voltage fixtures with tungsten-halogen bulbs will make your silverware and crystal sparkle. A ring of four recessed downlights around the dining table supplements the light from the chandelier, while providing accent light for your tableware.

A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier. Displayed objects can be accented with recessed downlights installed in the ceiling. A family portrait can be dramatically lighted with recessed adjustable accent fixtures.

A china cabinet, breakfront, hutch, or wall niche can become a showplace for your prized collectibles by installing strips of low voltage mini-lights under the shelves.