Designing With Light For The Bedroom

When lighting a bedroom, you will want to create an overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation, while providing some brighter areas for reading and other tasks. A combination of general and task lighting that takes into account the age and flexibility to vary the light to suit different moods and activities.

General lighting can be provided by ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan lights, recessed downlights, or wall sconces, giving you the illumination you need to dress and see into drawers and closets.

At the dressing table, an adjustable, lighted magnifying mirror will provide ideal lighting for grooming and applying makeup, as will table lamps or floor lamps.

For closets, a recessed or surface-mounted linear closet light is suggested.

Swing-arm wall lamps on either side of the bed at the correct height will provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free for a clock radio, books, or beverages.

Another idea is to hang pendants next to the bed, or install recessed downlights in the ceiling over the bed at the correct distance from the wall

Children’s rooms will benefit from the use of track lights, which can be swiveled, rotated, and aimed in any direction to shed light on play areas, hobbies, or homework. As the child grows older, the fixtures can be moved and redirected toward a stereo cabinet or sitting area.

If your children play and work on the floor then ensure that there is enough light at floor level

Use new technology ‘Alzac’ reflectors in the downlights above your bed to cut any bright glare.