Top 5 lighting tips for bedrooms.
Lighting bedrooms is an important part of our residential lighting design service. In this blog we share a few tips for creating the best bedroom lighting in your project.
When we light any space our starting point is considering how the space is being used and how light will aid and enhance these activities. Clearly bedrooms are predominantly used for sleeping, but lighting for a surprising number of tasks is often required, from getting dressed, putting on make up, packing for trips away, cleaning, home working, watching TV, breakfast in bed, reading, the list goes on, so bedroom lighting needs to be flexible. Incorporating several layers of light that can be softer or brighter is often key to providing this flexibility.
1/ Consider switching from the outset. How many switches do you need? We recommend dimmer switches in bedrooms to achieve comfortable low levels of light in the evenings and brighter lighting on those dull winter mornings (it also really helps to reduce energy use). With LED technology, to achieve smooth and flicker free dimming it’s important each ‘type’ of light is on a separate circuit and dimmed independently, so separate those bedside lights from pendants and downlights. Do you want to control the the lighting from your bedside? If you have already pre-wired your house, don’t worry there are a number of ways this can be done wirelessly.
2/ Do you or your partner read in bed? Bedside table lamps or wall lights, pendants dropped down over bedside tables, or small focused swan neck reading lights giving a localised beam of light onto the page are all useful ways of providing task light for reading. The important thing is to consider the control to ensure you do not disturb your partner if reading. Separate circuits for each side of the bed is often required.
3/ Lighting can be used to help stimulate our ‘awake’ and ‘sleep’ hormones – cortisol and melatonin respectively (please see our blog on blue LED https://lightingdesignstudio.co.uk/blue-light/). Generally more ‘blue’ light helps to wake us up and we need less or no blue light as we unwind and get ready for bed. There are now products available and LED light bulbs on the market that help us achieve this, but often separate circuits are needed for lighting used in evenings and mornings.
4/ Use indirect light where possible. Unless you’re lighting a specific piece of art work or providing some task light, recessed downlights can be a bit of a harsh way of lighting a bedroom. downlights don’t provide a flattering light and can cause glare when lying in bed. Indirect light can be done in a number of different ways – from wall sconces to LED strips being hidden within joinery elements like bedheads.
5/ Finally if you want to get a good nights rest it’s often important to shut out any excess daylight or light pollution that is far to prevalent in modern day streetscapes. Including blind control when planning your bedroom lighting can be a big benefit.
Please feel free to get in touch if you want some more Bedroom Lighting Ideas for your project.