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Dining Ambience

Many of us hang a chandelier or pendant light over a dining table for the intimacy it creates. A common mistake, though, is to turn up a chandelier or pendant in an attempt to illuminate the whole table, or, worse, the whole room. The result is too much glare or, an uncomfortably dark table.

Instead, combine a chandelier or pendant with recessed ceiling lights spaced above the table. The chandelier provides a warm glow; the recessed downlights illuminate the table. Place both on separate dimmers so you can create a range of lighting conditions. Small wall sconces, installed at the edges of the room, can further create soft ambient light around the table.

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