Contemporary Lighting Fixtures So Clean, You Can Eat Off Them!
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If your dining room decor is “sleek” or “minimalist”, you probably know that contemporary lighting fixtures are the best way to complete this style. But did you know the quality of illumination actually affects how food tastes? A contemporary lighting fixture like the Sputnik--inspired Ramona 32-Inch LED Pendant Light is an ideal central luminaire in your dining room, as well as an eye-catching piece of art. The light quality will even make your food taste better! In Psychological Reports: Human Resources & Marketing, Brian Wansink and Dr. Koert Van Ittersum explore how lighting affects the way we consume food. They installed soft lighting in a section of a Hardee’s fast food restaurant, and found that patrons ate at a more relaxed pace, and lingered at their tables longer. Linear fixtures like the unique Bubble Cascade pendant should hang over rectangular dining tables and kitchen islands. Wansink and Ittersum also noted the patron’s eating under soft lighting reported higher satisfaction levels in the food they consumed. This was despite eating from the same menu as patrons surveyed under normal lighting conditions. You too can use this psychological effect to enhance the flavor of dishes you serve, while spending more quality time with friends and family. Pro Lighting Tips for Contemporary Dining Rooms If your dining room ceiling is too low for a chandelier, then choose a stylish contemporary flush mount like this semi-flush Crystal Burst ceiling light . Most dining rooms don't need a lot of fixtures. In fact, one central light is usually all you need. Many interior designers will say they HATE flush mount fixtures in these areas, which tend to leave too much empty space. Instead, go with: Chandeliers and Pendants Chandeliers or pendants are the number-one way to dazzle your dining room. These suspended fixtures will become the central art piece, so “wow” your guests with the craziest design imaginable. For a rectangular table, go with something linear like our bubble cascade pendant (as seen above) or the rectangular handkerchief pendant chandelier . Pair round dining tables with circular or globe chandeliers, like the LED Madilynn pendant or the molecular-looking chandelier seen below. Circular fixtures like the Nitrogen chandelier in a chrome finish should be placed over round or oval tables. They should hang 36-inches above the tabletop. Table Lamps & Sconces Accent to your main light with table lamps like the organic Vevina Wavy Tendril Lamp and this table lamp with a glass dome . If you don’t have a flat surface like a sideboard, look for wall fixtures like this Possini Euro cutout wall sconce or this minimalist glass and nickel sconce from George Kovacs. Flush Mount If your dining room has a low ceiling, look for eye-catching flush mounts like the crystal burst semi-flush ceiling light seen above or the Lilypad ceiling light fixture . Other Considerations: The bottom of a chandelier should hang 36-inches from the top of your dining table Lighting fixtures should be connected to dimmers to change the atmosphere when needed Warm incandescent or halogen lights are best for dining rooms. You can also choose LEDs with low color temperatures, preferably in the 2700K to 3200K range Choose incandescent or halogen bulbs around 60-75-watts Linear fixtures should measure about 1/3 the length of the tables they hang over We encourage you to “audition” these stylish contemporary lighting fixtures in your home. Print out the fixtures you like and take the printouts into your dining room. Pre-visualize each design in the space by holding the printouts in front of you.