Lighting for dining table

It is not a secret that food depends not only on taste, but also on smell and sight. As for the palate and the nose, it will depend exclusively on the chef, but the eyes will see the food in a different way depending on the lighting we have chosen for the table in our dining room.

To help you choose the perfect lamp, in Coblonal we wanted to review some variables to consider before choosing how illuminate the table . Bearing in mind also, of course, that these tables are often used for other things besides eating.

Ceiling, floor or table lamp lighting

Rightly, and almost automatically, we imagined a table with a beautiful overhead pendant lamp. This is the most classic and extended option and it is for its evident advantages. Sometimes looking for counterpoint or originality coming out of the norm results in a good play and in others not so much.
If the main function of the table will be to eat, we can discard the option of a table lamp for a purely practical matter. Above all, at family dinners or with friends, where we know that the table is full of dishes and drinks, the space is very important . And it always seems that the table is small. Therefore, it will not be convenient to use a lamp that occupies space, however integrated or beautiful it may be.

cocina-abierta-centro-barcelona Floss lamps on dining table in apartment in the center of Barcelona.

If we often start reading the newspaper or working at the dining table, we can count on having some focused light that we can easily transport when the case arises.
Others will say, we put a large floor lamp with the base on the floor. In that case, we should keep in mind that they will always be on one side of the table. That is, they will illuminate more part of the table than another , which can be a bit uncomfortable for diners sitting on the dark side. If we get a model with enough parabola, or we put a pair in opposite corners, we still have the impediment of tripping over the arm of the lamp, also making it difficult to pass.

The smaller the table is and the more restricted use it has, more possibilities we will have to add variants such as those that we just discarded. If we have a small table for one person, it may make more sense to use a floor or table lamp .

Limited alternatives ceiling lights will be the best option in most cases: they are very comfortable, do not take up space on the table and will not hinder at all.
Of course, must be taken into account the height to which they will be placed in the case of hanging. If the lighting is very dim and is very high, it may be insufficient. On the contrary, if the pendant lamp is too low, it can hinder when placing things on the table or passing them from one place to another. And although the LED reduces the problem, if the bulb emits a lot of heat can be uncomfortable and even harmful to the good service of some fresh foods.

Led lamp in iron and wood design by Coblonal Interiorismo.

White or warm light

Although the most advisable would be to use white lights, with which you will see everything on the table with more natural and clear colors. We must contemplate the whole scene and assess the light impact in the whole.
Both for private homes, as for restaurants, the warm light offers a more pleasant setting although the colorations of the food are altered. Perhaps white light is a good argument for any market or food store, but it is counterproductive in recreating a cozy atmosphere. This way you will not have to go to the candles.

If the table is going to be used for other uses than eating, it will depend on the case and the functions that are desired. We can always choose an adjustable or switchable lamp with different light temperatures depending on the occasion.
As always, it will be a matter of taste and consonance with the rest of the decoration. Lighting is a fundamental actor in the home environment.

Set of Maija lamps in a house in the Putget.

Light for the masters of the kitchen: sensory experiences

The kitchen, apart from the strictly nutritious, is eminently experiential. All the senses come into play. Regardless of taste, smell or even touch, sight plays a fundamental role. As it is said, food has to enter by sight. The aesthetic impact of a dish is determinant for its success, as a barrier to entry rather than taste.
In this sense, we can propose a play of light with different colors that can move us to different scenarios according to the dish.

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