Wondering how to choose the right bedroom light fittings for your space?
Your bedroom is more than just a room. With the right design elements, it can become a sanctuary where you escape from the pressures of day-to-day life. Whether you use it to read, sleep, or have fun, you need to right lighting for every moment in your room.
If you’ve been living with an overhead-light-and-lamp combo your whole life, it’s time for an upgrade. You might not know everything you can do with your bedroom’s lighting – but we’re here to help.
In this guide, we’ll give you some ideas for choosing the perfect bedroom light fittings. Keep reading to learn how to transform your bedroom on a budget!
The Key to Bedroom Light Fittings
There are so many different lighting options to choose from. How can you know where to start?
Here’s a hint: the key to a great bedroom lighting situation is layers. If you layer your lighting, you’ll get a beautiful, modern effect. You need to be able to switch between task, accent, and ambient lighting as needed.
Not sure what all those terms mean? No worries – let’s clear things up a bit. Here’s how to create your lighting for any activity you might want to do in your bedroom.
1. Ambient Lighting
Layering your lighting is best approached from general to specific. The most general type of lighting is ambient lighting, so we’ll start there.
Ambient lighting simply refers to the general lighting that you use in your room. Good ambient lighting should include an element of natural light, as well as artificial lighting. If you have skylights or large windows, be sure to use those to your advantage when lighting your room.
However, natural light only works during the day, so you’ll need to back it up wit ha great source of ambient artificial light. No matter what combination you use, it needs to create the right amount of light so you can clean your room, make your bed, or fold your clothes.
Ceiling fixtures are usually the best sources of ambient light, but floor lamps can also work nicely in a bedroom. Try a cordless lamp so you can conserve energy and move it around easily.
Either type of lighting will create enough light to do everyday tasks in your room. When you don’t need a focused or bright light, ambient light will be what you rely on.
2. Task Lighting
Sometimes, you need lighting in your room that works for a specific task. That’s where you can start to customize your bedroom lighting a bit more.
Chances are good, you’ll spend some of your time in your bedroom reading, putting on makeup, or even working a bit. This means that the next layer after your ambient lighting should be some task lighting that will make these activities easy on your eyes.
Today, task lighting can mean much more than just a simple desk lamp. You might add cordless bedside table lamps, or wall-mounted lights anywhere you need them.
Most directional lighting is considered task lighting, and you can place it anywhere you need it. A makeup table, desk, and of course the bed might all need task lighting. You might also need to add it to your closet, depending on the size and shape of your room.
As long as task lighting offers the light you need to do things in your room, it can take any form.
3. Accent Lighting
You want your bedroom to be functional, but you also want it to be beautiful. Your task and ambient lighting can and should add an element of beauty, but accent lighting lets you take it a step further.
Accent lighting can highlight your favorite features in your room, such as a piece of artwork hanging on the wall. It can also draw attention to where you want it in the room.
In a bedroom, your accent lighting can also be used as a more subtle type of ambient lighting. When you don’t need much light, your accent lights can give just enough to work with. This creates a cozy, glowing look, so you don’t have to rely on your task lights when you don’t need a full ambient light.
When it comes to accent lighting, there’s no limit. Consider using wall sconces, battery-powered lamps, or any other creative fixtures to create the look you want.
Once you’ve decided on your layered light strategy, you’ll also want to consider adding some dimmers to get the perfect look.
If you only have sources of bright light, it’ll be hard to unwind in your room when it’s time to sleep. Dimmers allow you to take your existing lights and add a whole new realm of possibilities.
Dimmers are also multifunctional, so you can get away with less lighting layers. If you only have ambient lighting in your room, but it has a dimmer, it can also function as accent lighting. Dimmers are also simple to install, so any of your existing fixtures can be transformed into multipurpose fixtures.
Choosing the Best Bulbs
After you’ve picked out your bedroom light fittings, you should also devote some time to picking the bulbs that will work best for your needs.
Consider how bright the bulbs you pick will be. Decide how bright you want your bulbs to be, and the shade of light that feels best for you. If you plan to use dimmers, make sure to only install dimmable light bulbs. There are many reasons why you should change consider LED lights.
Ready to Upgrade Your Bedroom Light?
If your bedroom light isn’t making you feel relaxed, inspired, or happy, it’s time for a change. New bedroom light fittings can do wonders for your overall mood and productivity.
Whether you do ambient lighting with dimmers or add a complex new system of layered lights in your room, what matters is that it works for you. Use this guide as you plan the perfect bedroom lighting situation.
When you’re ready to start shopping, check out our collection of versatile cordless lamps here.