Bedroom Lighting Tips

Bedroom Lighting

The bedroom is the area where we unwind, so our lighting needs to reflect that. The days of the glaring single ceiling dome light are in the past. New applications use chandeliers, when the ceiling height allows for it, or semi flush ceiling fixtures for decorative lighting. Ceiling fans can also be installed to slowly move air for a comfortable relaxing room experience. All of these are offered in a multitude of designs from traditional to contemporary, urban industrial to farmhouse chic, and come in many metal and painted finishes to compliment any décor.

Master suite designs are spacious and include private hallways and sitting areas. Recessed lighting or LED wafer lights can be added for general lighting to blend into the ceiling and not take the focus from a chandelier or decorative fan in the main area.

Close to floor accent lighting in hallways can be installed as separate lights or built into outlets to light the way to bathrooms during nighttime hours. They create a path of light so that you don’t need to turn on bright lights for the bathroom run. These are also great for stairs, common hall areas, guest rooms, nurseries and children’s bedrooms. Some styles have a photo sensor and dimmer build in so that they automatically go on when the area gets dark and you can lower the light output if the occupant is sensitive to light in the room.

Wall mounted fixtures can add an inviting glow to bedside tables. They can be direct wired, or in some cases, plugged in. These offer task lighting and can project light on the nightstand surface or be directional for reading in bed. Suggested placement for installation is approximately 60” off the floor. This will compliment most headboard heights.

Table lamps, which are traditionally used in bedrooms, should be sized in proportion to the nightstand or bedside table. A 28-30” high table would require an equally tall lamp to balance the furniture with the lamp. Our friendly showroom staff can help you with any sizing questions you might have during your selection process.

If using the latest in LED technology, please keep in mind to use warm colored LEDs in the bedroom, not bright white or blue, as these interrupt the production of melatonin and sends signals to your brain to keep you awake.

Installing dimmers will allow you to lower light levels when getting ready for bed and SMART HOME technology can help schedule your wind down time by slowly lowering light levels automatically, and in some cases, adjusting the light color, to help you fall asleep.