With all this time indoors, it’s important to consider the lighting in your rooms. Lighting is key to managing your mood, as well as providing a vital service to any space in your home. What is the purpose of the lighting in the room? What are your goals when picking a certain light, or pendant?
We are making a series showcasing ways to light up certain spaces in your home, with this edition focusing on your bedroom. Lighting is absolutely key in the bedroom, as it can help get you up and ready for the working day, and also let you unwind at the end of it.
In this guide, we will be going over a few different aspects of bedroom lighting, as well as how to layer lights using ambient, accent and task lighting. We will also go over some recommended bulbs that will complement your space when it comes to colour and brightness.
Knowing how to layer your lighting is the key to creating the best lighting for your bedroom. This means finding the right balance between ambient, task, and accent lighting. By creating this balance, you will be able to create the right lighting for any mood and any activity with the flick of a switch.
Begin building your lighting foundation with ambient lighting, or general lighting. Ambient light includes natural lighting from large windows or skylights, or artificial lighting. Whatever provides a decent amount of lighting that’ll allow you to perform general tasks like cleaning, folding clothes, or making the bed, would be considered ambient lighting.
In terms of artificial lighting, ambient light is best achieved with ceiling fitting (like flush mount ceiling lights, chandeliers, pendant lights) or through a portable fixture, like a floor lamp.
Both lighting types will offer an appropriate amount of lighting for activities that don’t require bright, focused light.
If you are doing things in your bedroom that require a bit more focus, like reading, working or applying makeup, then it is worth considering a layer on top of your general lighting with task lighting.
Consider bedside table lamps, low hanging pendants on either side of the bed, sconces, wall mounted task lights on either side of a headboard or other directional lighting placed above it.
In this sense, the bedroom task light can essentially be anything, as long as it offers appropriate lighting needed for focus. Apart from its design and location, a task light’s functionality also resides within its bulb (more on this soon).
Accent lighting is meant to draw attention and highlight features (like artwork) within a space. In the bedroom, accent lighting acts as a less prominent version of ambient lighting, giving off a pleasant glow and creating a cozy atmosphere. Recessed lighting in the bedroom, wall sconces or creative repurposing of other fixtures are a few ways to incorporate this feature in your bedroom lighting.
The final thing to consider with layered lighting is dimmers. Dimmers are multifunctional, and will allow you to adjust ambient lighting as needed. Between low lighting to full brightness, a dimmer can accommodate multiple lighting purposes. At full brightness, a fixture can become a general light source, and at low brightness become a good piece of mood lighting. Dimmers are easy to install, and as long as the bulb type allows for it, any lighting fixture can take on a multipurpose role.
Choosing your Bulb
When layering your bedroom lighting, it’s also important to consider the type of bulb you’ll use for each fixture. Your mood can be influenced by the brightness of a light and more importantly, the colour it emits.
Before you set out to find a bulb, you’ll want to figure out your preferred brightness level, or lumens. While the suggested lumens for the bedroom ranges between 2,000 and 4,000, this is a choice that will change based on the type of ambience you desire for your bedroom.
When you decide on your desired lumen output of your bulb, you then need to consider if the bulb type you want is dimmable. Some low-voltage LEDs are difficult to control with a standard dimmer. In these cases, special dimmers will be needed for smooth, flicker- and buzz-free control.
When in doubt, always check compatability with the dimmer supplier.
Light colour plays an important role with supporting certain activities. For starters, think about the type of bulb: incandescent/halogen bulbs typically give off a soft white glow, while LEDs can run the whole colour temperature range.
As white and blue light colours have been shown to promote alertness, lighting with such hues are best used with task or directional lighting to support focused activities. Because blue and white lights increase alertness and subsequently suppress the production of melatonin (or hormones that induce sleep), they are not ideal if you’re trying to wind down and relax in the bedroom after a long day.
On the other hand, lighting that diffuses warmer colours (like yellow) don’t interfere with melatonin production. So, warmer lights are best for bedroom activities like reading, watching TV or simply relaxing.
With the evolving functions of the bedroom comes the need for proper lighting to support these functions. Between appropriate lighting layers, dimmers and suitable bulbs, getting these aspects right is a sure-fire way to ensure a comfortable lighting situation in your bedroom. So, get creative and choose the fixtures you need to get just the bedroom lighting scheme you want here.
We hope these tips were helpful for lighting up your bedroom! If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to call or head over to our Facebook page and send us a message! We are available to help.
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