Sure your bedroom needs to be dark in order to receive a good nights sleep, but it needs to be well lit for you to perform other tasks. In addition to sleeping you may watch TV in your bedroom, read, or simply relax. As master bedrooms have increased in size over the years so has the amount of lighting needed to illuminate it. Consider these tips from the American Lighting Association on the right bedroom lighting:
- Consider Size- Before buying lighting for your bedroom figure out the size of your room. Take your room measurements, outlet locations and furniture placement to a lighting showroom so experts can direct you to the right lighting.
- The Right Height -Consider scale when choosing fixtures. Bedrooms usually have 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings, fixtures with longer bodies should be avoided. Choose those with shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. There should be enough light to reach all areas including those for reading, and dressing .
- Specific Lighting- Decide what you will be doing in your bedroom so you can choose the appropriate lighting. Areas for specific tasks need direct lighting while sitting areas should feature soft lighting and bright lighting for vanities.
- Light Shades- Avoid fixture shades that are too light or opaque or your room will be too dark too function when the lights are turned off. Choose lamps with softly diffused shades.
- Location- Don’t install lights directly over the bed because you will look up at them while laying in the bed. Direct light from overhead is less comfortable than soft light at face level.
- More is More- No single lighting fixture is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lighting. Too much light in one place is unpleasant, use more light sources of lower wattage.
- Set the Mood- Ambiance is also important in the bedroom. Installing dimmers on lights can alter their effect for different moods. Softer or colored light bulbs can also change a room’s mood.
- Closet Conditions- Closets need good lighting but hot bulb should not be placed near clothing. Attach a closet light 12-inches from the edge of the rod or upper-shelf such as a fluorescent because they provide lots of light, are cooler, save energy and can be concealed.
- Bedside Reading- Portable reading lights set on nightstands offer flexibility. Reading lamps should be able to adjust to your liking and shielded so you don’t see the bulb.
- Control Power- Consider new technologies that will allow you to control lights from a remote.
Call or stop by Light Innovations today so our experts can help you choose the right lighting for your bedroom!