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How to Light your Dining Room with Tom Dixon

by Oladimeji Charlton

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Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a dining room. It can make or break the feel and atmosphere of the space. Proper lighting can set the mood for dinner parties and other gatherings, while poor lighting can make guests feel uncomfortable.

The type of light that you use in your dining room will depend on your personal preference, but there are some general guidelines to follow when deciding which type to pick.

Tom Dixon is a British luxury furniture, lighting, and home accessory company with products that are well-known and beloved examples of modern design.

Tom Dixon's goods span from welded steel designs to high-end Italian pieces, representing Tom Dixon's decades of collaboration with a variety of different designers and businesses (including Cappellini, Habitat, Artek, and Euro Lounge).

This continual reinvention has resulted in the development of products that have become modern design classics.

Let's look at some of the best tips to light your dining room and how you can do it in style with Tom Dixon.

When lighting your living area, use an odd number of pendants

When you are trying to decide the perfect lighting for your living area, it is best to use an odd number of pendants. This will create an interesting and dynamic look. You can also use them to highlight specific items in your room. Here are some benefits of using this type of lighting:

  • They add a sense of drama and elegance to the room.

  • They create a unique ambiance that can set the mood for any occasion.

  • It helps create a more intimate atmosphere

  • More balanced and less rigid looking space

Pendants are a great way to light up your dining room. They can be used as the main light source, or they can be used to compliment other pieces of décor. Tom Dixon’s Melt Trio Round LED Pendant System is a perfect example of something working better when in multiples.

The Tom Dixon Melt Trio Round LED Pendant System is an elegant design

In an open plan design, use single pendant lights to define a dining area

Open plan designs are popular in today’s modern homes. With open plan designs, the kitchen, dining room and living area are all one big space. This means that you have to define the boundaries of each of these spaces by using different types of lighting fixtures.

Tom Dixon Melt LED Pendant is a beautiful distorted light


In order to create a dining area, use single pendant lights from Tom Dixon to highlight the area. Pendant lights provide a more focused and intimate light which is perfect for a dining space. (You can also use multiple pendant lights - like we mentioned above - if you want to create a more cozy atmosphere).

Tom Dixon Plane Chandelier

Add a plane chandelier for a touch of luxury to your dining room lightning

A brass plated, steel framed plane chandelier from Tom Dixon is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your dining room. It's a perfect lighting fixture for any occasion and it can also serve as a focal point in the room. The following are some benefits of adding plane chandeliers to your home:

  • A plane chandelier from Tom Dixon can make any room look more elegant and sophisticated

  • They can provide the perfect amount of light for any occasion

  • A plane chandelier will make your dining room feel more intimate

  • A plane chandelier can be used to highlight the attractive features of your dining room and make it stand out from the rest of the house.

  • They give off a warm, ambient light that is perfect for intimate dinners with family or friends, as well as for romantic dinners with your partner

Prefer your chandeliers with a dropped look for your living room? The Plane Chandelier with the drop option is a great choice.

The Plane Chandelier with the drop option


General tips

There are many different types of lights that can be used in a dining room. They can range from table lamps to ceiling lights and wall sconces. You should use the type of light that will best suit your needs and the style of your home.

  • A dining room can be made more inviting with a few simple lighting tips. You should make sure that there is enough light for everyone to see what they are eating, but not too much light so as not to create glare on people’s glasses or dishes.

  • You should also place lamps or wall sconces near each end of the table so that everyone has enough light to see their food.

  • Incandescent bulbs are best for creating a warm ambiance while fluorescent lights are better suited for brightening up dark spaces.

Why should you base your lighting around your dining table?

Lighting can have a profound effect on the mood of the room. It can change the atmosphere and make your dining experience more intimate and special.

Lighting around a dining table has many benefits:

  1. It creates an intimate ambiance that helps you to feel closer to one another, it is also great for setting a romantic mood.

  2. It minimizes shadows from the table, making it easier for people sitting at different places to see each other's faces better.

  3. The lighting around your table should be bright enough so you don’t strain your eyes when reading or writing.

  4. The lighting around your table should be soft so that it doesn’t reflect off of shiny surfaces like silverware or wine glasses in order to avoid harsh glare.

What is the ideal brightness for a dining room?

In order for the dining room to be light enough, how many lumens are required?

  • LEDs with 470 lumens (40 watts) or 806 lumens (60 watts) are excellent alternatives for illuminating your meals.

  • Our recommendation is to use dimmable lights.

  • It's okay if the light is a little brighter when you're eating.

For a dining room, how many light bulbs do I need?

To get the recommended total ambient wattage, multiply the square footage of your space by 1.5.

15 × 18 x 1.5 = 405 watts for a 15' by 18' room.

That's the equivalent of ten 40-watt lights, which is why dimmers are so popular among interior designers.

In a dining area, should pendant lights be placed at eye level?

The bottom of the pendant light should be 71cm to 86cm above the island or dining table as a general guideline.

However, if the light is positioned too low, it might generate glare if the bulb is visible, and the heat released can be uncomfortable.

How do I create the perfect mood with lighting for my dining room?

  1. Use a dimmer to control the brightness of the light

  2. Add lights that emit a warm glow, such as candle-style lamps

  3. Use lighting that comes from behind you to create an inviting atmosphere for your guests

  4. Add some accent lights for a detail that will make your room more interesting and dramatic when you need it to be

  5. Consider adding some task lighting for work or reading areas in your dining room so that you can have the perfect ambiance for any mood

  6. Buy some war toned light bulbs

  7. You can also try installing some lamps around your dining room table for an even more intimate feel.

  8. Finally, you can use candles for even more warmth

Ready to light your living room in style with Tom Dixon and have an outstanding customer experience? Contact us today and let’s chat.

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