Bedroom lights

Bedroom lighting – Bedroom lighting options revealed

Despite the fact that we spend almost 1/3 of our lives in bedrooms, many people don’t bother to invest time and money in bedroom decoration, including suitable bedroom lighting. If you want the perfect lighting design for your bedroom, there are many factors you need to consider, and many different options to discover.

After reading this article, you will have a pretty good idea of how your bedroom lighting should look – whether you will use casual ceiling light or a chandelier, a standard or antique bedside lamp, or maybe even some lights with dimmer switches. Are chandeliers suitable for your bedroom? You will know exactly where to focus your effort and the results will be fantastic. Now let’s get on with it.

Lighting option number one: Do you really know all about ceiling lights?

Ceiling lights are the most common lights used in bedrooms, and many people believe they know all about them. For those of you who aren’t sure, let’s quickly recap some basics. Ceiling lights are simply lights that are mounted on the ceiling. They come in different shapes and sizes. Their main characteristic is the fact that their light isn’t focused – ceiling light will illuminate the whole room, but you probably won’t be able to read under it.

Some ceiling lights are mounted on a ceiling fan. Ceiling fan lights can be bought together with the fan or separately (I suggest buying them together so you know for sure that they match).


Picture 1: An example of a ceiling fan light in combination with recessed lights in a master bedroom

Lighting option number two: Are chandeliers out of fashion?

Chandeliers are a kind of ceiling light, since they are installed on the ceiling, but they have some special features. They can be recognized by their dozens of light bulbs, which though they individually don’t amount to much are together able to illuminate the entire room. Because chandeliers are big in comparison with regular ceiling lights, people usually use them in bigger rooms. A big chandelier in a small room makes the room look even smaller than it really is, and that isn’t our goal.


Picture 2: Chandeliers are still popular in bedrooms

Lighting option number three: Recessed lighting in bedrooms?

Recessed lights are quite bright and people generally don’t need as much light in their bedrooms, which is the main reason why recessed lighting isn’t used in bedrooms very often. Although I can imagine some places in a bedroom where recessed lights could be used (near pictures, for example), not many bedrooms are suitable for recessed lights. If you can manage aesthetically to include recessed lights in your bedroom’s lighting scheme, your room will look even better (look at picture 1 for an example of recessed lights in bedrooms).

Lighting option number four: With or without wall sconces?

Besides ceiling lights, wall sconces are widely used for bedroom lighting. Some people use only wall sconces, while others prefer only ceiling lights. The real winners are able to combine both. If you are planning to install ceiling lights in your bedroom, you should definitely consider adding wall sconces to areas where light from the ceiling light isn’t strong enough (for example, near closets or doors).

Lighting option number five: Bedside lamps for you and your partner

Bedside lamps are an essential part of every bedroom because they can be used for evening book reading or when you need to do some work before you go to sleep. Their main benefit is that they provide focused light, but only in one part of the room.

Lighting option number six: Light accessories can set the mood

This last option includes just one accessory: a bedroom light dimmer. It’s a simple device with only one job – to vary the brightness of the light in your bedroom. Not only is it useful for creating a pleasant mood in your bedroom, it can also save you some money by saving energy (your lights will only be as bright as you want them to be).

As you can see, you have a number of different bedroom lighting options – you can choose among ceiling lights, chandeliers, wall sconces, and recessed lights; you can add a bedside lamp if you need it, and you can also use light dimmers for setting the mood in the evening. Your best choice is to find a good mixture of lights that will be perfect for your bedroom.

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