When designing lighting for the dining room, consider how you use the space. If this is a rarely used formal area, indirect lighting may serve your needs. A single ceiling fixture over the table, recessed lights, ambient light behind a soffit or valance will provide formal dining rooms with soft, diffused illumination. If, however, the dining room table accommodates everything from nightly homework to annual tax preparation, supplement your general lighting with task lighting, like a hanging pendant fixture and/or downward directed lights. A larger table may be better served by more than one fixture.