Dining table lamps - timeless design and quality

The dining table is a central gathering point in the home, a place for family, friends and togetherness. With the help of dining table lamps you can create just the mood you want, but the possibilities are almost endless and it can be a difficult decision.

If you need new dining table lamps and are looking for some inspiration, this article will give you some tips on finding the right lighting for your situation.

Which lamp should I choose?

One frequently asked question is ’How many lamps should I hang over my dining table?’ Another is ’How large a lamp should I choose?’ The first step in choosing a dining table lamp is taking a look at your dining table. If your table is long, choose two pendants; for a smaller square or round table you can make do with a single lamp. If your table is extendable, it’s a good tip to mount the lamps in a power strip so it’s easy to move them to get optimal lighting coverage on the table.
The size of the lamp/s is entirely up to you, but it’s no secret that hanging large lamps over the dining table or coffee table is very popular.

Here you’ll see a classic from Secto that is one of our best-selling lamps for the dining table. Octo 4240 has a diameter of 54cm so you’ll need a big table if you want to hang two of them. If you have a smaller table, the lightness of the lamp's design means that you can easily use just one of them.

The shade for Octo 4240 is made in Finland of PEFC certified Finnish birch veneer of the highest quality. Secto is very invested in reuse and recycling – for example, they use sawdust from the workshops to make wood pellets for their heating system – so this lamp is both thought through and sustainable. Octo 4240 is available in white, birch, walnut and black.

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Another gorgeous pendant that works well over long tables is Hope. The Hope pendant from Luceplanis incredibly popular, largely down to its visual lightness and choice of materials. The lamp multiplies light and creates a glittering, soothing and comfortable light, sprinkling the table with thousands of tiny lights like diamonds. In fact, that’s the inspiration for the lamp’s name: Hope.

Here you can see two Hope pendants hanging over a dining table in a high-ceilinged room. If you have a small table you can use just one, and since they come in a range of sizes it’s easy to find one to match your dining room.

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Some customers see Hope as a very romantic lamp, but as you can see here it also works incredibly well in a pared-back Nordic interior – we don’t think it’s too romantic at all. It looks fantastic with the dark wall in the background, which effectively highlights the lamp’s beautiful details.

Hope is made of polycarbonate petal-like panels. These panels are actually Fresnel lenses, which optimise the reflection and fragmentation of light – they create the special light effects while reducing energy use.This is simply a gorgeous, finely-detailed design lamp.

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Another pendant that could be an optimal choice for your dining table is the classic Flowerpot VP1 from &tradition, which was designed by Verner Panton. VP1 is the smallest of the Flowerpot pendants with a diameter of 23cm, so we often see two of them hanging over a dining table. If you have a smaller table, try Flowerpot VP2, which has a diameter of 50cm.
 
The entire Flowerpot series is very popular and is available in a wide range of colours. You can find them all here.

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Which bulb gives the best light over a dining table?

We know all too well that it can be difficult to navigate the wide world of light sources. We’ll try our best to answer some of the most common questions that we hear from our customers – hopefully that will help you choose just the right bulb for your dining table lamp.

Some of those questions are ’Which light source should I choose?’, ’Is LED the best choice? Why?’ and ’What do LED watts compare to?’ Most of us know classic 40, 60 and 100-watt bulbs, but we aren’t so confident when it comes to LEDs vs. traditional incandescent bulbs.


Finding the right bulb has gotten harder since there are now several different choices when it comes to energy consumption compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Energy saving bulbs and LED bulbs provide much more light for much less energy – this is the first advantage to opting for LED.

As a rule of thumb, LEDs use about 10% of the energy that incandescent bulbs use – you can save quite a bit on your electricity bill by changing your old bulbs to LED bulbs. Another advantage is that LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan - often between 25,000 and 50,000 hours -  so while you’re saving money on electricity you won’t have to buy replacement bulbs as often.
You generally look at two parameters when comparing bulbs’ efficiency – how much light they emit (lumen) and how much energy they use (watt). That means that you should look lumen and not watts to work out how much light an LED bulb will provide. See the chart above to see how the different types of bulbs compare. (Click on the image to see a larger table.)

When you buy a lamp at Lampemesteren, you’ll always receive a free light source with your order. The lamp’s producer recommends a bulb, and we send that bulb on to you. You can always choose a different bulb if you would prefer.