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How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Dining Room and Foyer

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

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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 a key, but how do you choose the best one to perfect your dining room? 

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Dining Room Light Fixture

Any dining room update calls for a beautiful chandelier. However, you want to find the perfect fit for your room.

If you already have a dining room table, use it as the focal point to select the correct size chandelier for the room. Start with the installation height. The proper height to install a chandelier for an 8' ceiling is 30" above the table and about 34 inches for taller ceilings. 

Consider the height and 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. 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.

Foyer Light Fixture

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 with lighting is the hardest part

The size for an entrance light fixture is measured from the room size of the foyer. It's based on 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' by 12' entrance would have an 18-inch wide fixture. 

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". Therefore, an 8-foot ceiling would have a fixture at about 24" high.

Dimmers & Switches

As you are choosing light fixtures, 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. The average national cost to install a dimmer switch is between $13.50 and $40.50 per unit.

Installing A Light Fixture

Whatever you decide on, you may find yourself wondering how to install a light fixture? If proper wiring and switch are already in place, you may be able to do this project yourself. However, if you don't have experience with electrical work or the wiring is not already there, it's time to contact an electrician who can help. The average cost to install a light fixture is around $420, with most homeowners spending between $170 and $328.

Looking for more light fixture ideas? Read Bathroom Lighting: Replacing, Sealing & Installing.

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