How to Choose Dining Room Light Fixtures

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Want to give your dining room a new look? Something simple like a new light fixture can make a huge difference.

What Type of Lighting is Best for Dining Rooms?

Dining rooms are the focal point of any home. Besides being where your family gathers for meals, it can be a great space for entertaining friends, playing games, working or any number of activities. Vivid lighting is vital for getting the most out of it.

Lots of light fixture designs, from farmhouse to industrial to antique and more, should match the style and vibe of your home. Some fixtures let out maximum light, while others feature more intricate designs that emit much less light. Take your existing lighting into account when deciding how much illumination you’ll need.

Best Dining Room Light Fixtures

Dining table lighting

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Depuley’s five-light fixture provides ample illumination with its open bulb design. The adjustable hanging length — 16 inches or 32 inches — makes it a good choice regardless of ceiling height. The metal frame, in a trendy farmhouse style, is easy to dust and clean.

“You can extend it lower, I prefer higher hang,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It looks great in my dinning area, I have open space kitchen so I was impressed on the lighting.

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Dining room ceiling lights

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Flush to the ceiling, this Femila cage ceiling light features a stylish black metal frame in an intricate woven pattern for an industrial/farmhouse look. This fixture supports dimmable or non-dimmable lighting, including any LED/CFL/Edison bulbs 60 watts or less.

The two-light design and more covered style provide less light than other options on this list, making this better suited for rooms with ample natural light and/or bright light fixtures nearby.

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Farmhouse dining room light fixtures

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Farmhouse style isn’t for every homeowner, but this 42.9-inch linear chandelier works for those who embrace it. Clear glass shades provide plenty of lighting. Exposed iron details and wood beam support give a rustic look while maintaining a trendy style.

Multiple Amazon reviewers call it a perfect fit for farmhouse décor.

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Dining room hanging light fixtures

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The modern metal design of this Jonathan Y light fixture will look great hanging over your dining room. Color options include antique gold, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze. Eco-friendly LED bulbs come with this fixture. It earned 4.8 stars on Amazon with nearly 800 reviews.

“This light fixture completely modernized my dining room, which was stuck in a different era and really bothering me,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “By just replacing the light the room immediately looked hugely updated, and it gave our whole house a more modern feel.”

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Dining room pendant lights

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The simple design of this modern pendant light by Kpiok should fit any style home. Customize this fixture with four or five lights. Color options include black and crystal, black and gold, chrome and satin brushed nickel. Choose the style, like one with a clear shade, to fit your lighting needs.

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Chandelier lighting for dining room

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Made from high-quality solid wood, this 28-inch chandelier by Philomena beautifully combines wood and metal designs. It comes with an adjustable 59-inch chain to fit any dining room ceiling height. Color options include antique wood and distressed white.

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