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Bedroom Lighting


Filling a bedside lighting void can be difficult. If you have two tables, place table or accent lamps on either side of the bed. Bedroom lamps can provide task lighting and add a sculptural presence and personality to the space. Pendants and swing arm lighting can be an alternative to lamps if hardwiring is an option. An accent lamp is ideal for adding some style to a dressing table, while adjustable task light fixtures such as a desk lamp or table lamp work well if you are using the table for grooming.

Wall Lights

Swing arm fixtures can provide excellent task lighting for reading and completing tasks in bed. They also are convenient for a quick mood change and leave the bedside table open for clocks, books, or beverages. Wall sconces also are nice bedroom lighting options for smaller rooms because they save space.

Ceiling Lights

Flush-mount and recessed lighting make bedrooms seem larger and more open. Recessed lighting is often used in closets and corners to add extra warmth to dark spaces. Consider semi-flush, chandelier, and pendant lighting to add visual flair and a polished look. Bedroom track and rail lighting bring a more contemporary feel to the bedroom. This type of lighting also works great in children’s rooms because it is adjustable, making it easy to regulate the illumination and aim the lights in the direction of hobbies or homework.


Adding a lighted ceiling fan to a bedroom can create a cool and comfortable environment for dressing, sleeping, or just relaxing. You also might want to consider installing ceiling fans in the guest bedrooms to ensure that your overnight visitors are comfortable.

About Bedroom

Bedroom lighting should be determined in the beginning stages of design. First, consider what existing circuitry can be used and whether any additional light sources are needed. The more lighting options, the more choices you have to create the ideal mood. Remember, it’s definitely necessary to have a light fixture with at least two circuits next to your bedside so you can alter the mood from brighter for dressing to quieter and warmer for relaxation.

Bedroom Lighting: A Q&A with Mandy
  • What type of a light should I put on my dressing table?

If your dressing table reaches your waist, use a table lamp that is about 22 inches from the top of the dresser.

  • How tall should the lamp be on my bedside table?

This is totally up to you, but general guidelines suggest that the bottom part of your light be 20 inches above the level of the bed.

  • My room is small and I want my bed to be the center of attention; what type of lighting should I use?

Recessed lighting works well in this situation. Place the fixture(s) near or over the head portion of the bed to create a dramatic effect.

  • Will the paint color affect the bedroom lighting?

Yes. Dark colors absorb light, while pale colors reflect light.

  • Which type of a bedside fixture works best if I don’t want to disturb my sleeping partner?

Try an adjustable glare-free wall light fixture. This will allow you to cast light where you want it, while not disturbing your partner.


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