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7.Dining room

1- To find the right size of chandelier for your dining room, simply subtract 12 inches from the width of your table to determine the maximum width of the chandelier. The minimum width should be half the width of your table. For optimum comfort, install the  chandelier so the base is between 30-36 inches from the surface of your table.

3- Recessed fittings can complement your dining room’s general lighting. You can install them around your table’s main light fixture, being sure to leave at least three feet between them and the main fixture. To be even more efficient, you should install them at least 18 inches from the walls. Here are the recommended installation distances according to recessed fitting type:

MR-16: One to every 4 to 6 feet

PAR-20: One to every 3 to 4 feet

GU-10: One to every 2 to 3 feet

LED: One to every 3 to 5 feet

2- Wall sconces can provide interesting extra lighting if they are installed on the walls that surround your table. Install them about 60 inches off the ground.

4- If you have a power outlet nearby and enough space, compensate for a lack of lighting by adding a nice table lamp or a floor lamp that matches your decor.