Shopping for new dining room lighting can be a fun and exciting process. The lighting designs of recent years allow homeowners to stylishly illuminate their rooms without breaking the bank. At Brighter Homes Lighting Gallery, we offer a wide variety of dining room chandeliers that are sure to suit your style preferences. From chic and modern to classic and elegant designs, we have it all. Shop our incredible selection now!

As you begin your search for the perfect fixture, you are bound to have some questions about chandeliers. To help you in your shopping venture, our team of lighting experts has addressed some of the most frequently asked questions they receive concerning dining room chandeliers. Check them out below!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chandeliers

From light bulbs and switches to sizing and installation, there are many important details that need to be considered when you are selecting a new dining room chandelier.

What Type of Lightbulb Should I Use?

The type of lightbulb you use could be determined by the kind of fixture that you purchase. For example, some chandeliers support a wide variety of bulbs whereas others are designed to work only with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Generally speaking, it is best to steer clear of high-wattage bulbs. Not only will they cause excessive glare on your table, but their overhead position can also put off quite a bit of heat and cause you and your guests visual discomfort if too bright. Most fixtures can be retrofitted to accept LED and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs in the future if you want to upgrade down the road.

Should I Install a Dimmer Switch?

Whether or not you install a dimmer switch is completely up to your personal preference and how you plan to use your dining room. While they are not necessary for the proper functioning of your fixture, dimmer switches can be beneficial for many reasons. For example, if your chandelier will be installed in a formal dining room, a dimmer switch will allow you to achieve a more flattering mood. If your dining room is used daily by your family for a wide variety of purposes, a dimmer switch will let you adjust the level of light needed for each task.

How Big of a Chandelier Do I Need?

This is a very common question, and one of the most important ones to answer before you purchase a dining room chandelier. As you shop around, it can be very easy to gravitate towards certain designs that you find appealing, but it is very important to make sure they are an appropriate size for your dining room. In order to calculate the ideal diameter of your new chandelier, measure the length and width of your dining room in feet, add the figures together, and convert the measurement to inches. For example, if your room is 10×20 feet, you’ll want to look for a chandelier with a diameter of 30 inches.

Can I Hang it Myself?

Hanging a chandelier might seem like a job that is easy enough to qualify as a simple DIY task, however, there are many reasons why you should allow a professional to hang your new fixture. First and foremost, installing lighting involves wiring and electrical work. If you are don’t have experience in this arena, you could injure yourself. Second, you want to make sure it is hung at the right height. If you take on this task on your own, remember that a chandelier should hang about 30 to 34 inches above your table if you have an eight-foot ceiling. If your ceiling is higher, add an additional 3 inches to this measurement for each extra foot.

Will My New Chandelier Provide Enough Light for the Entire Room?

As you shop for dining room chandeliers, it is important to remember that these fixtures are not intended to be the sole source of lighting in a room. Although they often provide plenty of light, they are primarily decorative light fixtures, which means they are designed to provide a room with style and ambiance. They do a wonderful job of providing a room with ambient light, but it is always a good idea to consider other sources of supplementary lighting, like wall sconces or small table lamps for your buffet. This will help ensure you achieve all three layers of lighting for beautiful and functional illumination.

Dining Room Chandeliers and More in Eugene

Are you shopping for dining room chandeliers in Eugene? If so, our team of lighting design experts would love to answer any questions that you have and help you find the right fixture for your needs. Come on by our showroom to discover why Brighter Homes Lighting has been “the bright choice” for more than 50 years, making us a Top Rated Local® lighting showroom in the area. We look forward to helping you!