HOW TO LIGHT YOUR ROOM
LAYER YOUR LIGHTING
START WITH PRIMARY LIGHTING.
Think of this as the first light you turn on when you walk into a room. It's the primary source of light and provides overall brightness for the space.Shop Primary Lighting
LIGHTING TIPS BY ROOM
CONSIDERATIONS FOR EVERY ROOM
- Think about other light sources in your room, including overhead or recessed lights and natural light from windows or
skylights, and how the light changes throughout the day.
- Lighting with a three-way socket or dimmer switch allows you to adjust the light level, making it more versatile.
- Use lightbulbs with the same color temperature throughout a room for consistency.
LIVING ROOM LIGHTING IDEAS
- Position table lamps or floor lamps so the bottom of the lampshade is just below eye level when you're seated. This will help you avoid looking directly into the lightbulb.
- Any pendant you might walk beneath should be a minimum of seven feet from the floor, or a foot taller than the tallest person in your home.
- Place task lighting next to areas where you often read or do similar work.
- Flushmount or semi-flushmount fixtures are a smart solution in rooms with lower ceilings.
DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN LIGHTING IDEAS
- The diameter of your light fixtures should be about 12" less than the width of your table or island for the best use of space.
- When hanging pendants over a dining table or kitchen island, leave 28"-34" between the tabletop and the bottom of the fixture for a clear view under the pendants and to avoid staring directly into a bright bulb.
BEDROOM LIGHTING IDEAS
- Task lighting is great for reading in bed. When using a desk or table lamp, remember to place it so you're not looking right into the bulb when lying down.
- Free up valuable nightstand space by using wall sconces or pendants next to your bed.
- Flushmount or semi-flushmount fixtures are a smart choice in bedrooms with lower ceilings.
- Using a pendant with a diffuser or a fixture that directs light upward will keep the light from shining directly into your eyes.
OFFICE LIGHTING IDEAS
- Position desk lamps to minimize glare or hot spots on your computer monitor and work surfaces.
- Home offices tend to be multi-use rooms. Add primary lighting for even illumination that supports a variety of activities.
- Smaller desks require lamps with a small footprint while larger workspaces benefit from a single lamp with an adjustable arm or multiple lamps.
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