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New lamp above the dining table?

6 easy DIY tips

Are you having a hard time choosing the right lamp for your dining room?

It can be difficult finding the perfect lamp above your dining table – trust us, we know!

You have probably searched the internet for inspirational pictures, visited several interior blogs, and scrolled through countless web shop in search of that one, special lamp.

Despite your efforts, you might still be in doubt of which type of lamp that fits your need – and your style. Or how to choose the right light bulb, and how much space there should be between the table and the lamp? Don’t worry; you have come to the right place.

At AndLight we have over 10 years experience with sales and guidance of design lighting for both the home and the office.

We have helped many customers with their decoration projects, and have given our very best tips on how lighting can be used as both a cosy and functional element.

And of course, we can help you too!

Therefore, we have created a big visual guide with great advice and our best DIY tips for when you have to choose which lamp should accompany your dining table, or when you have decided on a lamp, but need advice about the mounting.

We will do our best to give you some pointers on how to choose the right lamp, how much space should be between the lamp and the dining table, and what light bulb to choose.

The Do-It-Yourself Guide for dining room light

In many homes, the dining table is a gathering place for the whole family, and is often used for much more than enjoying food in good company. It’s for homework, important as well and everyday conversations, for drawing, game nights, and Sunday mornings with coffee and newspaper.

Put shortly, it is an important focal point in your home, which is why it is important to consider what functions your dining table and the lamp have. Use the illustrations to create an overview of what to pay attention to.

Need more technical information and detailed information?

BBe even more prepared and dive into the more technical aspects in the additional text for each illustration.

In our ultimate guide, you will gain knowledge on:
  • How to choose the right dining room light
  • How many lamps to choose
  • Suspension height of lamps
  • Connecting the lamp in the ceiling
  • Choosing the right bulb
  • Creating an atmosphere with a dimmer

Need inspiration ?

Below we have gathered inspirational pictures of beautiful homes which show the different types of dining table lamps in real homes.


Here is the iconic Hope pendant from Luceplan; a beautiful modern contrast to the raw brick wall and the beautiful wooden floor. The Hope pendant spreads a soft light throughout the room, and due to its Fresnel lenses, the light has a completely unique look.
Danish Charlotte is the owner of this beautiful home - experience her inspirational Instagram here.


The elegant Foscarini Caboche fits perfectly into Swedish Veronica's completed Nordic style. Here's an example of a 360 degree shuttle, where the light is centered up and down, but still gives a playful light in the rest of the room due to the transparent screen. See more for her beautiful home atInstagram.




Norwegian Camilla Athena has chosen Gubi's Multi Lite pendant in mat black as her dining table lamp. Its characteristic design and adjustable shade gives it a wealth of applications. Camilla has chosen to let the two screens point in opposite directions, thus getting the light scattered both down to the table and into the room. If you want to explore Camilla's incredibly nice home, can you find her at Instagram and on her own blog that is full of inspirational interior.



The Secto Octo 4240 pendant truly comes into its own in Norwegian Katrine's fantastic looking kitchen / family room with high ceilings. Octo gives a downward light that is widely spread in space due to the large distance between the lamellae in the lamp's shade. Note here that the lamps hang relatively high above the table, which is possible because the light source is located at the top of the lamp, and is also hidden by the slats of the shade. See more of Katrine's beautiful home on her Instagram.