If the dining table is only illuminated with the aid of ambient lighting that is diffused in all directions without highlighting the area below the light fixture, the table, food, drinks as well as the table decoration are rather joylessly provided with “incidental” illumination. As the term already indicates, ambient lighting serves to provide for a basic illumination in the room – it is not suitable to supply an accentuating, focused lighting like it is possible with zone lighting. Zone lighting, on the other hand, highlights the dining table, including all associated objects. Zone lighting does not only suffuse the
meal with a cosy light bath, it also allows the persons sitting around the table to relax in a pleasant, glare-free diffused light. This means that zone lighting not only establishes clear conditions in the area of the dining table. It rather emphasises the cosiness that is associated with a festively laid table.
Zone lighting for the dining table can be realised in two ways. Firstly, a
directs the light to where it is needed, even if the requirements are changing. A further possibility to treat a dining table in a dining room with zone lighting is to use a gooseneck lamp. Its key advantage: it does not require a ceiling outlet since a power socket the wall is sufficient. In both cases, the lighting solution is not only supposed to guarantee an atmospheric illumination of the dining table but also to visually upgrade the dining room which can be ensured by means of the designer lights offered in this shop.
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The Discocó by Marset turns the dining table into a welcoming oasis full of light. For this purpose, a flower-shaped luminaire body was used which reflects the light from the inside in such a refined way that a fascinating light show is created on the dining table. This high-quality pendant light made of aluminium is provided with “floral” discs manufactured from opaque ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). This luminaire not only emits its light downwards but also uniformly diffuses it in all directions so that the Discocó additionally supplies the dining room with ambient lighting. A further bestseller is the Caboche Sospensione by Foscarini. This pendant light directs the light downwards and thus suffuses the dining table with a warm light bath. At the same time, the light is also emitted upwards so that the light is softly reflected by the ceiling and therefore makes a contribution to ambient lighting. As you would expect it from a sophisticated designer light it is also a feast for the eyes: transparent spheres made of translucent acrylic circle around a satinised diffuser and give this light a majestic look even while it is switched off. As soon as it is switched on, a countless number of light reflections will delight the eye and enhance the surrounding area.
Those who are looking for an adjustable solution, probably also for a room where
the dining table is not located directly below the central ceiling outlet, cannot get past the Tolomeo Sospensione Decentrata by Artemide. The pendant light that was acknowledged with the iF Product Design Award is equipped with flexible arms that bring the light exactly to where it is required – an innovative spring balancing system makes sure that the luminaire always remains in a stable position. Moreover, it spoils the eye of the viewer with its classic, cone-shaped lampshade – here you can choose whether you prefer the satin or the parchment version. The Twin pendant light also supplies individually adjustable light. The piece by the German light manufacturer Serien Lighting is based on the concertina principle. Since it can be continuously extended and contracted back by means of the delicate arms, it is suitable for smaller as well as for larger tables with a total length of up to 3.40 m. This also offers completely new design options: if you move the shades of the Twin far apart you can, for instance, place decorative elements like a vase or flowers to use the free space.
An alternative that can be used to show the dining table in the right light is the arc lamp. An ideal representative of this kind of lights is the Artemide Tolomeo Mega LED Terra. This light fixture combines all properties that are expected from a high-quality, practical
and visually appealing lighting solution: with its virtually enticingly elegant appearance, the excellent workmanship of the fine aluminium and the individually adjustable arms it can virtually be considered as an exemplary piece for designers. The Twiggy Terra, however, is a little more delicate – this is not surprising at all when you consider its name. The creation by Marc Sadler impresses with its extraordinarily streamlined arms. The Twiggy exudes a stylish and elegant presence that is hard to resist. You almost get the impression that its lampshade is weightlessly floating in the air. Thanks to the large size of the shade, an appealing contrast to the ultra-thin arms is created. The
Of course, zone lighting for the dining table plays an important role in the
Zone lighting is not only available for the dining table but also for paintings, cupboards and shelves. These objects can be highlighted by means of a spotlight or a clip-on light. A light fixture that exemplarily fulfils these tasks is the Wittenberg ceiling light. The purist item by a German
manufacturer impresses with its plan design and its individually adjustable warm-white light. The spotlights of this one-lamp to four-lamp luminaire can be rotated by 355° and pivoted by 90° so that it always directs its light to where it is desired or required. It might be, for instance, directed towards a worktop where food is washed, cleaned, chopped – this means that it is suitable for activities that require a direct illumination free of shadows. A clip-on light can be attached directly to a shelf or a cupboard. For instance, the Tolomeo Pinza. This light proves its flexibility by means of its adjustable light head that allows for a focused illumination. The big advantage or this Artemide light: thanks to its small size, it only requires little space and it facilitates an easy assembly since you only need to plug it into a socket.
Furthermore, the lighting concept of the dining room can be supplemented by a mood lighting. It is not necessarily required since it hardly makes any contribution to the illumination of the room – its strength lies in the creation of discreet accents. In this respect, there is no way past the Puk Wall with its different light colours as well as narrow
and wide light cones. The unique feature of this wall light is its modular design: matt or glossy chrome surfaces, glass or lens inserts as well as different colour filters make the customer a “director” who creates his own unparalleled plays of light and shadow on the wall. Those who want to highlight the sideboard or the commode and to create a cosier atmosphere in the dining room should consider purchasing the Miss K. This work by star designer Philippe Starck is a table lamp that has a very particular attraction. This unique piece combines the beauty of a design object and the flair of an industrial object in a very special way. The internal diffuser of the Miss K consists of polycarbonate that was manufactured in an injection-moulding process – a transparent, extremely robust plastic material that ensures a uniform diffusion of light. The outer shade is shaped like a classic diffuser and is made of aluminium-coated methacrylate with additional colour pigments. The combination of the transparent body and the flowing shape makes this Flos light a simply fascinating home accessory that offers a thrilling insight into its interior while it is switched on.