Lighting the Dining Table – Part 2

Doubt 10 out of 10 people who decide to light the dining table: Which lamp to choose? What is the ideal size? At what time? Must match with what? Doubts and more doubts … No “A” answer always right, because almost every case is a case … And errors happen, of course, as I showed one that happened to me.

I have already said a lot about this: In part 1 of this post,  I explain the importance of defining the main function that you want the lamp to have and the need for good lighting throughout the table via listofledlights.com, without discomfort. Already in this other post, I show some examples in small rooms with living and dining together.

Now I’ll put examples here and you’ll see how varied the solution may be. I selected only photos with the light on and preferably photos taken at night ( Have you noticed how difficult it is to find photos like this? In general, they are daylight – it is easier to have good results in natural light photos). I hope that some of the cases fit right into your doubt.

The 3 pendants ( of narrow beam, see the subtle incidence of the light of each one on the table) at this time almost homogeneously illuminate the whole surface of the table-which is the ideal to look for when illuminating a dining table. So for this table and luminaires of this type , 3 is the perfect quantity. Only one might be able to illuminate, but it should be so high that it would not be pretty. To use 4 they should be closer and could be too much…

Here, quite clearly, that effect that happens when you put a lamp in front of a mirror: Everything “folds”: 3 lamps turn 6 and the luminosity also increases, of course. There is nothing wrong with doing so, as long as you are concerned about disturbing reflections (milky coatings like these are the best – crystals are terrible) and with the intensity of light.

Look here here one of the ways I can (and many photosensitive ones like me) more or less have a luminaire with apparent filament without much discomfort: The lamps are high and the intensity of each is low. See that they are in front of the mirror, doubling in a nice and beautiful way the arrangement. But realize also that the priority of this lamp is the decorative effect. You will probably need the support of other luminaires in the room so that the lighting is really good.

This type of lamp is already a classic with the Saarinen table! Illuminates well at 70/80 cm height, depending on the ratio between the diameter of the table and the width of the table (the diameter of the table should be smaller than that of the table, otherwise it will get weird).This is a little out of the center of the table, which is the best position.

A classy, ​​sculptural and delicate lamp for the small glass table and Eames chairs. Too bad the light out there does not let you see how it illuminates the table, but it seems clear to me that the lighting is very soft. It works at this point to draw more attention to itself, but it would also work a little lower, I believe. Just do not think it works too much is so close to the stove…

Although the mirror duplicates the beautiful lamp, its straight, closed beam does not illuminate the table surface equally, you see? The minimalist mood of the environment may be a stylistic reason why not put two of these luminaires together and add other light sources (such as spotlights on the ceiling and other nearby luminaires) instead. Another option would be a luminaire with a more open or diffuse beam that would allow more homogeneous illumination of the table.

A situation similar to the previous photo, with a lamp with diffused light and positioned higher, illuminating the entire dining area evenly. Do you see the difference? Attention also to the style of the lamp: Formal and coated in neutral color, like the environment.

\ You can always choose embedded (or not) spots instead of pendant luminaires. Even more with the leds, which do not heat up. Just position yourself – always thinking about lighting the entire surface of the table. A good idea if you do not want to get attention or have another element that you want to be the focal point of the environment.

\ Another option that I like very much, is super high (has to do with the industrial style, right?) And facilitates if you like to change things from place to place is the trail of spots, as above.

For rectangular (and also oval) tables, this type of luminaire is a nice option, as long as it is placed at a pleasant height when looking and working (it is usually between 70 and 80 cm).Attention to the width of the luminaire, which should be such that it can reasonably illuminate the headboards of the table. And it looks like this model with this finish matches well with the rest of the decor.

Lamps that have the function of “appearing”, being a decorative element than perfectly illuminate the dining table, are often higher so that they are seen and also not to disturb the people who are sitting at the table. And in this case it is good to think of other sources of light in the environment if need be.