Lighting & Lamps



Be Size Wise
Before buying bedroom lighting, first determine the size of room. Take your room measurements, along with outlet locations and furniture placement to a lighting showroom. The experts there can help you fill in with just the right light.

Height Right
Consider scale. Bedrooms typically have lower 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings. Avoid fixtures with longer bodies in favor of shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. You want a certain level for reading and enough lighting for dressing. You also need light to be high enough to reach all the areas.

Room to Glow
Decide what you want to do in the room, then choose appropriate lighting. Home computers, sewing machines and reading nooks in the bedroom need directed lighting. Sitting areas beg for softer, shaded fixtures. Vanities demand brighter light.

The Lighter Side
Avoid shades on lamps or lights that are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark, say the American Lighting Association experts. The fixtures may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. When buying a table lamp, opt for one with a softly diffused shade. Spend a moment to see how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed.

Location, Location, Location
Don't install lights directly over the bed. You will tend to look up at them while you are laying in bed. Direct light from overhead is less comfortable than soft light at face level.

More is More
No single source of light is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lighting. Too much light in one place is unpleasant and glaring. It's better to use more light sources of lower wattage.

Closet Conditions
Few things are more frustrating that dark closets. Closets need good light. But be careful not to put a hot light bulb too near delicate clothes. Attach a closet light 12-inches from the edge of the rod or upper-shelf. Lighting experts favor fluorescent lights because they provide lots of light, are cooler, save energy and can be concealed behind the header of door. If you use a good color tube, you will be better able to tell the color of your clothing. 

Mood lightingMood lighting is becoming very popular with home owners....and these bulbs are basically LED bulbs that come in different colors. Try to installing dimmers on lights for altering effect. Softer or colored light bulbs can also change a room's mood. You have the option of creating a bedroom to  suit your mood by being bright red in the morning or calm blue in the evening.

Bedside lighting
Bedside lighting are good for reading purpose. Buy ones with ability to adjust the light to your taste. They should be well shielded so you don't see the bulb and you are able to read without bothering your sleeping partner. 

Floor Lamps
They provide the ideal portable lighting solution for the bedroom. They can be moved conveniently to any corner of the room to brighten it up

Recessed Lights
They are usually used inside wardrobes and in dark corners to add that extra touch of warmth and style to your bedroom.

Bedroom Lighting Checklist
To make sure you have proper lighting in your bedroom ask yourself these:
1. Can I see well enough to get dressed?
2. Is there a light in the closet?
3. Are there individual reading lights on each side of the bed?
4. Is there an overhead light source?
5. Do I have enough light to determine the colors of clothing in my drawers?
6. Do I have a light source near the door?
7. Have I installed outlets in convenient locations while building/renovating my bedroom?
8. Can I fill dark corners with portable lighting sources?
9. Do I have a dimmer installed on the overhead light source?
10.Are there lights at the dressing table to help with makeup?

The bedroom is almost a sanctuary in your home it is important that you make sure you choose the modern bedroom lighting fixtures carefully.


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