The main light source here will be over the dining table. The use of a dimmer will allow the table to be used for jobs such as sewing or studying and yet give a low mood light for dining.
Don't hang a pendant so low that your diners have to peer round it, about 60cm above the table is about right. If you like dining by candle light, make sure the heat and smoke are far enough away from the light fitting.
If you have a glass dining table, make sure the light is fitted with a diffuser so that your diners are not looking at a reflection of the light bulb. Long tables can be lit with a longer light fitting suspended on two wires.