Lighting should always be warm and dimmable in a dining area, to create the right ambience.
Centralised, over-table lights should focus gently on the tabletop and also subtly illuminate the rest of the room.
If you’re rewiring, think about adding extra electric sockets with covers on the floor underneath the table, so you can plug in lamps without trailing wires.
Add an industrial edge with this single-fitting pendant. With three lights, it’s a practical design and can also be height-adjusted.
Academy three-light pendant in black, made from steel, with glass panels, H67xW84xD24cm, £214.80, Där Lighting
This stylish dome uses LEDs to create a bright white light, while the bottom diffuser produces a soft glow that is ideal when hung over a table.
Anders with diffuser large LED ceiling light in black, made from aluminium, H25-138xDia.46cm, £240 (including 20-year life LED bulb), John Lewis
The perfect piece for entertaining, this little lamp can be moved around the dining table where it is needed – or if you want to shine a light on someone in particular.
Mirror-effect Frankie table lamp, made from steel and glass, H22xDia.25cm, with cable L1.8m, £60, BHS