Dining Room Light Fixtures: Types and Features

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There are many different types of dining room light fixtures, each with unique features. This guide will help you understand each.

Recessed Lighting Fixtures

Recessed lighting fixtures or recessed can lights produce a relatively low level of light. The main disadvantage of this type of lighting is that it doesn’t produce very bright light. In a dining room, however, this type of dim ambient light is usually desirable.

Sconce Lights

Sconce lights are a unique type of wall light which is designed to create focused illumination. They can be used in a dining room to create a low level of light and to spotlight specific objects or areas in the room that you want to stand out. Sconce lights do protrude from the wall so they should be mounted at around 72 inches from the floor. They also need to match the general décor of the dining room so they don’t stand out.


A chandelier is a sophisticated lighting option. There are many different types of chandeliers, each with a unique design. Most use clear or colored crystal to offset the light and to cast reflections and shadows on the walls, ceiling, and floors. Chandeliers are one of the most popular lighting options for dining rooms because they provide a very sophisticated look. Chandeliers can be expensive, and they also tend to be heavy, so they may not be good in areas with frequent storms, like hurricanes or earthquakes.

Hanging Ceiling Lamp

A hanging ceiling lamp is a standard style light that hangs either a metal cord or pole. Styles range from retro to conservative to modern, so it will be easy to find one that closely matches your dining room's décor.

Wall-Mounted Candle Lights

Candle lights are special light fixtures designed to look like candles. Many of these lights can be dimmed to simulate real flames, which can create an intimate atmosphere.

When picking the right type of lighting for your room, consider the current décor of the room and the effect you want to achieve. Most types of lighting should match the color or materials already in the room, though you do not have to worry about this with recessed lighting, which is mounted flush to the ceiling.