Littman Bros |  October 9, 2009

The Basics of Bedroom Lighting

Whether you have a small bedroom or master suite, you want to be able to have a bedroom function for more than just sleeping. Bedroom lighting consists of layers that light the room as a whole, as well as provide specific task oriented illumination.  While the bed remains the focal point, the room’s space might be shared with a television, workout equipment (although NOT recommended), a computer or a sitting area. To illuminate its many functions, bedrooms must have enough light to focus on a particular area, as well as fill the corners and edges.

Ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan light kits, recessed cans, or wall sconces can provide the general lighting you need to dress and see into drawers and closets.  Ceiling fans are a great addition to any bedroom, and allow air circulation throughout a bedroom during every season.  Ceiling fans can be great in the winter to push warm air down, and in the summer to cool a room.

Swing arm wall lamps or table lamps on one or both sides of the bed can provide adequate lighting for reading.  This type of task lighting is an essential layer to bedroom lighting.

To illuminate your closet, use recessed can lighting or surface mounted closet light.  Take the dimensions of a closet into closer consideration when selecting the size of a fixture.  You will want to make sure that the flush mount does not hang too far down, and can clear the closet door, if opening into the space.  For a special touch, use decorative accent lamps on dressers and bureaus, depending again on the size of a closet.

A strong dose of ambiance is also important in the bedroom. Installing dimmers will allow you to adjust the lighting for any mood. Softer or warmer color light bulbs can also change the room’s overall tone.