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Can you suggest a non-electrical dining-room light?

I don't have any wiring above my dining-room table. Any suggestions for a non-electrical lighting fixture?

Your "problem" may actually be a good thing, as direct overhead light can be harsh and unflattering, especially if the light is directed from behind.

Candlelight, therefore, is an ideal option, as it produces a warm, flickering source; I also love the look of candelabras on a table or wall-mounted ones surrounding it. (Just remember to use dripless candles to protect the floors or French polished mahogany.) Also, refracted and reflected light can be very cool: Don't think this is kinky, but putting a reflective surface on the ceiling, such as silver leaf, antiqued mirror or a rubbed wax finish, will catch the candlelight and produce a soft glow. Position sources around the room and the ceiling will come alive, creating real drama.

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Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is the president of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in Toronto. Have a design question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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