For those hours you’re awake, well-positioned lighting is essential. A clever combination is a better way to go because direct light in just one spot can be glaring and unpleasant. For example ambient lighting, such as a stylish pendant or ceiling lights, and task lightings such as a lamp or wall light. Here are some illumination tips for your bedroom.
- Pendant—A pendant light in the centre of the room works as a strong centrepiece. It can add opulence to the room. An ornate chandelier gives a more traditional or country-style feel. It’s important that ceiling light isn’t too low above the bed. This needs to be considered if you have young children who might bounce on the bed. A shorter or close-to-ceiling fixture is safer. Don’t install lights right over the pillows so you have to look up directly at the fixture.
Add a dimmer for easy light control, or opt for the soft illumination of table lamps if you enjoy watching TV in bed.
- Bedside lamps—A bedside lamp makes a style statement while providing light for reading. Matching lamps on both sides of the bed add balance for a master bedroom, but different lamps add interest for a modern twist.
Readers require a table lamp that has easy flexibility. A light that can be swivelled or has a moveable arm works well. Make sure it is well shielded so your sleeping partner isn’t disturbed.
- Wall lights—If you prefer an uncluttered look or if there’s not enough room for a bedside table, wall-mounted lights work for reading. If two overhead lights are angled directly at both partners, you need separate switches. Make sure it is easy to access when you’re in bed for turning off and on. Lights used mainly for reading, need to be fully adjustable to direct light right where you need it.
- Children’s bedroom lighting—When designing a lighting plan for a children’s bedroom safety and sleep routines are key. Ceiling lights are a safer option, particularly for toddlers. Young children may also find want a night light
For older children, decorative table lamps can brighten the room. They can encourage your youngster to read before bed. Their desk will require ample lighting. This can be an adjustable wall light or a stable desk light clamped to the top.
- Extra tips—In a bedroom, switches need to be considered. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting out of bed to turn off the light. Separate switches for reading lights are convenient and keep everyone happy.
Dimmers are a good idea in bedrooms because no matter what the activity they allow you to select a level of comfort.
Work or social networking at night means task lighting. This can be a table lamp or wall light. They are essential when using laptops, mobile phones or a tablet.