How to use Artek Lighting to Best Effect

- H E L P F U L  T I P S  &  T R I C K S -

In the realm of interior design, lighting serves as the unsung hero, capable of transforming spaces and elevating the overall aesthetic. Among the myriad options available, Artek Lighting stands out as a beacon of both functionality and design sophistication. To harness the full potential of these luminous wonders, it's crucial to delve into the nuances of their usage. This comprehensive guide is crafted to provide you with insightful tips and tricks, ensuring that you wield Artek Lighting to its best effect and infuse your surroundings with a radiant ambiance.

1. The Dining Table

Single luminaire

The key to selecting the right light fitting to hang above a dining table is to consider how you will be using the table. If it is mainly intended just for dining, choose a luminaire that emits a soft, atmospheric light onto its surface. Will the dining table also be used for working? Then make sure that the light fitting emits a generous amount of relatively bright light across the table top.

If your dining table is relatively small, you can hang a single luminaire above its centre. As a rule of thumb, your luminaire should be at least 25-30 cm smaller in diameter than the width of the dining table.

Multiple luminaires

Depending on the size and shape of the table, you may want to use one or more pendant lights. A row of luminaires can be a good choice above a big table, use three or more set at the same height. The number and spacing of the lamps depend on the size of the table. When installing a row of luminaires, keep a distance of about one and a half times the width of the lamp shade between the individual lights.

The installation height of pendant light fittings depends on the position of the bulb within the luminaire. As a rule of thumb, the base of the shade should be 50 cm aboce the table top.

2. The Kitchen Table

Hanging the right luminaire above your kitchen table will allow you to use your kitchen in a more versatile way. When light is distributed evenly, the kitchen table can double up as an informal home office, or be a great place for your children’s homework.

Hang the luminaire about 50 - 55 cm above the table top. You should raise this height a little if you are very tall - if so, you might wish to minimize glare by choosing a mirrored bulb or a luminaire that emits filtered light. Remember to take the width of your table into account - you will want to avoid hitting your head on the lamp shade.

3. The kitchen Counter

Kitchens often suffer from an uncomfortable atmosphere due to technical light fittings such as built-in cupboard lighting. There are a variety of alternatives to create a more pleasant environment.

Instead of installing harsh neon strip lights underneath high-level kitchen cabinets, you can achieve a good distribution of light on kitchen counters by installing wall luminaires.

Hanging heights should usually be around 90 cm above your work surface. If you are tall, raise your lights an additional 10 - 20 cm above your counter to avoid blocking your view. Use a partially mirrored bulb to prevent glare for other family members.

4. The Living Room

If you have a favourite reading spot in your living room, you can enhance it by placing a beautiful light fitting nearby, maybe picking up on the materiality of its surfaces and textiles. This will add another layer to the lighting of the room, and also increase the cosines of your space.

A floor light can be the simplest choice if you are creating a cosy reading corner, and can be easily controlled from your armchair. Choose a bulb that is bright enough to support your eyes, but soft enough to prevent glare. 400 - 500 lm can work well, but you should adjust this to your particular environment.

5. The Bedroom

Hanging pendant lights that match your decorative scheme on either side of your bed is a simple, effective way to create a calming and comfortable atmosphere. Switching on these lights when you wake up will allow your eyes to adjust before you turn on the main light or open the curtains. Equally, they can help you relax when going to bed. Make sure you choose a bulb that is bright enough for reading.Centre the pendant on your bedside table, hanging it around 40 - 50 cm above the surface of the mattress.

6. The Home Office

An increasing number of people is discovering that working at home may not always need to take place in a home office. A sofa, armchair or dining table can prove equally suitable, depending on the task at hand. However, appropriate illumination is needed if you decide to work in these spots.

Choose luminaries and light bulbs that direct sufficient light onto your chosen area, allowing you to concentrate on your work. Make sure that your light is not coming from a direction that results in a shadow being cast across your work.

7. The Hallway

Depending on the size of your entrance area, you may want to embellish it by installing a pendant or ceiling luminaire, creating a specific identity for a space that might otherwise be overlooked. If the ceiling height is lower than 260 cm, install a ceiling- or wall-mounted luminaire to maintain sufficient head height. Repeating the same luminaire in an adjacent room will help unify the two spaces.

8. The Accents


Sideboards or credenzas are often positioned alongside seating or dining areas, allowing for the display of artwork, decorative objects or plants.

A pendant or wall light can be positioned to accentuate the entire sideboard or just an individual artwork on its surface.

Keep the fixture at an appropriate distance from adjacent surfaces, and in particular from walls, to avoid harsh 'scallops' of light being cast across them.


The seating area in your living room is likely to be a relaxing and cosy. A pendant luminaire centered on a coffee table can help to create the appropriate atmosphere.

Hang the light fitting at a height that is low enough to avoid glare, but high enough to ensure the view to important objects, such as a television, fireplace or artwork, is not blocked.

If centering the pendant light above the area would block your view, you can hang it in an alternative location, for example above a low table to the side of the sofa.

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