sparkle. When placement of the downlights within
the cabinet is not possible, use two recessed adjustable
fixtures approximately 12 inches from the cabinet.
TV, video games and computers require low-level
ambient lighting that does not wash out the screen’s
image nor reflect into the viewer’s eyes. Recessed
miniature downlights or miniature track lighting can
be installed in the near vicinity for task lighting. Wall
sconces with an indirect lighting function, used with a
dimmer, are ideal for creating a soft, non-glaring source
for watching TV.
Game tables require bright, well-distributed overhead
lighting. Shaded pendants equipped with either
incandescent bulbs or compact fluorescent tubes are an
excellent solution. Or, install two recessed downlights
over each half of the table.
Designing With Light
in the Dining Room
Dining room lighting should be both decorative and
functional. This can be accomplished using a mix of
ambient, task and accent lighting. These various layers
of light establish the mood for a variety of functions,
including dining, homework, hobby work or family
bookkeeping. Dimmers will enable you to vary the light
for each function.