Choosing the proper lighting for a room involves taking the time to determine your needs. By truly assessing your needs before making any purchases, you will be able to determine what you need while you are at a lighting store. Otherwise, you may choose lighting that ends up being inefficient and find yourself needing to make one or more returns.
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View the light in your bedroom at various times of day. Be sure to position your blinds or drapery as they will be on the average day at different times in the bedroom.
Take note of dark spots in the room that may need to be illuminated. For example, if you usually read a book in a chair in the corner of the bedroom at 4:00 in the afternoon, be sure you check the lighting in that specific corner at that specific time of day.
If you have bedside tables, you will want to have appropriate lamps on them. Be sure that the lamps you choose not only reflect the style of your bedroom, but the scale of the bedside tables.
You will want overhead light to be somewhat soft in a bedroom.
Some people enjoy having a ceiling fan attached to the lighting in their bedrooms. If you live in a temperate or humid climate, you may enjoy having a ceiling fan for hot and humid nights.
Allow as much natural light into the bedroom as possible. Natural light is soothing and can help you relax and unwind.