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How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Dining Room and Foyer

By on Mar 20, 2014
How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Dining Room and Foyer

So you have your dining room remodeling project nearly finished. You have the tables, chairs, place settings and accessories but what really makes a great dining experience is the warmth of lighting. A great chandelier is the key, but how do you chose the best one to perfect your dining room? 

Dining Room

If you already have a dining room table, use it as the focal point to select the correct size chandelier for the room. 

Installation Height - The proper height to install a chandelier for an 8-foot ceiling is 30 inches above the table and about 34 inches for taller ceilings. 

Width - If the table is rectangular or oval-shaped, then the width of the chandelier should be 12 inches less then the smallest side of the table. If the table is square or round, the width of the chandelier should be 18 inches less then the table's width. 

Height - The height of a chandelier should be about 3 inches per foot of the room's height. Therefore, an 8-foot ceiling would have a 24-inch high chandelier. 


Entrances and foyers are often the biggest rooms in your house. Table lamps provide great accent lighting, but the true lighting solution is the right chandelier. But with so much space to cover and typically high ceilings, sometimes knowing where to start is the hardest part. 

The size for an entrance light fixture is measured from the room size of the foyer. It is based off the ceiling size, as in many cases, the foyer is also part of the living room or a stairway.

The width of the fixture should be 1 inch per each foot of the ceiling's width (measured diagonally). For example, a 12 x 12 foot entrance would have an 18-inch wide fixture. 

Height - The height of a fixture should be at about 3 inches per foot of the room's height; up to a maximum of about 30 inches. Therefore, an 8-foot ceiling would have a fixture at about 24-inches high.

Dimmers and Switches

As you are choosing lighting, it is important to consider the goal of adding chandeliers. For most, you're not just looking to create more light, you're setting the tone of the room. Adding a dimmer or appropriate switch is critical to any lighting fixture. 

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