Bedroom lighting buying guide
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Bedroom lighting that’s just right
Your bedroom is your sanctuary away from the world, a place to relax and refresh ready for another day. It’s also the space where you get dressed, style your hair, read and sometimes use the laptop. For these reasons, the lighting in your bedroom will sometimes need to be relaxing and sometimes a little brighter and of course, lighting plays a huge part in the overall look of your room. Whether you’re looking for something chic and minimal or luxurious and decadent, we can help you to make some great choices.
Ways to light your bedroom:
To make sure your bedroom is well lit when you need it to be, a pendant light is a must. A light on the ceiling delivers ambient background lighting that you can use when you’re getting dressed or doing other everyday tasks. Look out for pretty chandelier style fittings for a luxurious feel, simple shades for a minimalist look and fixed ceiling lights to create a stylish centrepiece.
What we mean by pendants
When we refer to pendants we mean the hanging light fixtures that are usually positioned in the centre of the room. Pendants can be hung individually to give good overall light or as a cluster to make a statement.
Lights to guide you
Lots of us love to read at bedtime and so a bedside lamp is an essential. There are plenty of choices including stylish table lamps, angled lamps, simple and decorative wall lights. If you have a writing desk or sitting area in the bedroom, maybe try a stylish desk lamp in painted enamel, soft silver or brass tones. If you’d like to light a corner where your sofa or chair is, a larger lamp or a floor lamp will work perfectly.
Your reading lamp
The height of your lamp is important. If you’re looking for a light to read by, look for something that casts light where you hold your book. Generally speaking, if the bottom of the lampshade is about 20cms above the mattress, the pages of your book should be clearly illuminated.
Accent your features
Track lights, spotlights and adjustable lighting help to supplement the light in the room. For added atmosphere, in certain areas of the room, accent lighting such as spotlights and track lights is ideal. Use these lights along with your pendants and lamps to bring added depth and focus into the room. Perhaps there’s a dark corner you want to bring light to, a picture or artwork that needs to be noticed, whatever it is there’s a style of light that’s just right.
Chandelier light fittings and lamps are the perfect choice in the bedroom. They add a touch of luxury and the shimmering glass and beads reflect the light beautifully. A chandelier style light will create a decadent feature in the bedroom.
- Create a balanced look by choosing pairs of bedside lamps, night stands and accessories
- Low hanging pendants can be a good alternative to bedside lamps. They look super-modern and are good for saving space.
- For added ambience, install dimmer switches so you can alter the light instantly. Softer toned light bulbs are also ideal for creating a gentler glow.
- Consider the colours, shapes, sizes and style of your fittings – these are the finishing touches that make all the difference.
- Light bulbs can become a feature of your lighting too, look out for retro-inspired bulbs to bring an extra touch of modern sophistication to your lighting.
Save energy & money
Energy efficient light bulbs
There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available:
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
CFL are cost-effective and ideal for general lighting. Replacing a traditional light bulb with a CFL of the same brightness will save you money.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
LED are good for replacing spotlights and dimmable lights. They are more expensive to buy yet they are more efficient than CFL so they will save you money in the long term. By replacing all halogen bulbs with LED alternatives, you could save on your electricity bills.
Less efficient light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs, also known as tungsten filament, incandescent or GLS (General Lighting Service) bulbs were invented more than 100 years ago. Only about 5 per cent of the electricity they use is converted into visible light so they are extremely inefficient and also, they don’t last long because the filament gradually evaporates.
Halogen light bulbs
Halogen light bulbs use filament technology but they are slightly more efficient than traditional light bulbs. They are mainly used in spotlight fittings but as they’re often used in large quantities, the electricity used to light a room is greater. LEDs are an excellent energy efficient alternative.
Energy saving tips
It’s simple to save energy and money by making a few simple changes around the home:
- Always turn the lights out when you leave a room, even if you’re just leaving the room very briefly
- Be conscious about how many lights you use and whether you need them all on
- Try to arrange light switches so that it’s convenient to turn them off, for example: place switches at the top and bottom of stairs, at each end of a hallway and by the door to a room
- Use a sensor and timer on outdoor lights so they are only in use when there’s someone outside
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