The pendant light you choose for your dining room, can highlight the mood you want to create for everyone at your table. The feeling you are looking for, the kind of lighting that will complement your personal style, and your home’s existing decor. The dining room is not just for eating – it’s a multi-functional spot in your home, used for homework, paying bills, playing games, and other tasks. Providing sufficient light over the table and around the room is important.
Dining Room Pendant lights are available in an extensive array of designs and finishes, from black to brass and standard to oversized – there are so many beautiful options.
Browse our selection, find styles that perfectly suit your aesthetic, be it traditional, mid-century or ultra-modern.
How to Choose the Best Dining Room Pendant Lights: Size, Finishes, Styles and Installation Options
With so many versatile pendant lighting options, you may have a hard time choosing just one. So how do you choose the best pendant for your dining room? You can start by going through the considerations listed below:
Purpose/Why: Dining room pendant lights are generally used to provide downward and general ambient lighting with style
Size: The size of the pendant light will depend on the size of the room and the width or diameter of the table. If the room is less than 10 feet wide, a pendant less than 24 inches will be more comfortable and appealing. Of course, larger rooms and larger tables can accommodate larger pendants/ chandeliers.
Rooms/Where to hang: A pendant light that is a non-linear light fixture makes sense over a round table. While a linear pendant or linear multi-pendant light fixture looks right over a rectangular table.
Size: The size of the pendant will depend on the size of the room and the width or diameter of the table. If the room is less than 10 feet wide, a pendant or chandelier less than 24 inches will be more comfortable and appealing. Of course, if you have a larger room and table it can accommodate larger pendant lights.
Positioning: Consider the positioning of the pendant light and its effects on style, general lighting of the room as well as symmetry of design.
Colours: Look for pendant lights that will complement your existing colour palette. We have pendant lights available in a variety of colours including but not limited to black, white, grey, brass, gold, natural, and copper.
Brightness: The ideal lumen count for ambient lighting in a dining room–or any room–is determined by the space’s square footage. Per 10 square metres, a dining room needs about 250-400 total lumens. However, please be mindful that most pendant lights are supported by downlights and other functional lighting so pendant light brightness is sometimes considered secondary ambient lighting rather than focused functional lighting.
Downlight Lighting: Ideal when your room needs lots of direct, focused light as well as ambient light. Most common use.
Ambient Lighting: Diffused non direct lighting
Height: You will also need to consider how height affects style, safety and illumination, and the ease of installation and its maintenance. For example, if you plan to install in high ceilings, be sure you have all the necessary equipment and items before hiring an electrician. An electrician may have to hire scaffolding so it is highly advised that you check that all items are in working order and ready for installation before hiring a scaffold.
Wiring: A pendant light often hangs by its own electrical cord, making the fixture itself fairly basic, distinguished mostly by color and size. The style of simple light depends on the shade, which can be chosen to match any decor, space or use.
Bulb: Before you select your bulb, do a quick survey of your dining room—paint colors and finishes make a difference. If you have dark painted walls or a dark ceiling, you will need to add more light (more watts) since dark colours absorb light. If you have warm earth tone colours like brown, red, yellow or amber match it with a 2400K-2700K bulb. But, if you have cooler colours like purple, blue-green or blue make sure to go with a bulb in the 3000K range or higher. Choosing the right bulbs will emphasise the colour of the room and enrich it.
Style/Feel: There are unlimited options for dining room lighting fixtures. You just have to choose one depending on its design, materials, size, shape, colour, and most importantly your personal style. Zest Lighting offers a comprehensive collection of light fixtures to fit any budget and style - be it traditional, mid-century or ultra-modern.
Materials: In addition to the style of the pendant light, you also need to consider the materials of the shade. The light shades come in many shapes and styles, but most will be made of either metal, glass, plastic, fabric or concrete. Natural materials like wood, bamboo, or rattan can also be popular materials for dining room pendant lights which are available to shop at Zest Lighting.
Maintenance: Consider how the fixture will be cleaned or maintained over time - would a ladder and duster reach or would you need to hire a specialist cleaner?
Popular Dining Room Pendant Lights
Small or Minimalist Pendant Light: Urban Pendants always steal the show in a kitchen or dining room. This pendant has a timeless and pared-back grace, with a matt powder-coated exterior colouring and a warm interior glow. Looks its best when combined with other pieces from the urban range, hang above a dining table side by side.
Multi-Light Pendant Light: A network of spangling LEDs, Replica Lindsey Adelman Agnes 10 Bulb Chandelier, create dining with a difference. Hang this replica above a black or white table, for a chandelier that ties together all the elements.
Multi-tiered Pendant Light: Our Replica Poul Henningsen PH5 Light, its ingenious three shade system shields and redirects light downwards creates a downward and lateral light that illuminates itself - a stunning spectacle. Hang it above a bouquet of flowers for a simply stunning way to light a table.
Natural or Wooden Pendant Light: Our Replica Seppo Koho Octo 4240 Pendant Light is a natural birch wood wich forms a cocoon in this inspiring fixture. Pop it above a wooden table and afront white walls for ultimate lightness and brightness.
Statement Pendant Light: Make a statement with Monarque Grande Chrome Pendant Chandelier, a breathtaking clear acrylic ceiling lamp with chrome details. A magnificent piece which makes an impression wherever you choose to place it.
Large Pendant Light: The bigger the better, the Replica Marcel Wanders Sky Garden Pendant Lamp welcomes you to a whole new world of beautiful artistic design with a spectacular white plaster floral decoration. This pendant light is a conversation starter. Oversized lighting works particularly well in a spacious area. It makes a bold statement in any room.
Zest Lighting has a large range of the best designs in lighting in one place. Our range spans from iconic pieces of past eras to the contemporary designs of today - there's something here for everyone. Our design enthusiasts meticulously hand pick and approve each design to ensure a large but curated collection that fits our customers high standards in style. We have spent a lot of time looking for the right pieces to add to our collection and hope you like them as much as we do.
We are based in Sydney and ship Australia wide including free shipping to Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Shop dining room pendant lights online at Zest Lighting.