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Bedroom Lighting


Filling a bedside lighting void is tough. If you have two tables, place table lamps or accent lamps on either side of the bed. These fixtures provide task lighting, add a sculptural presence to the room and add personality to the overall picture. Pendants and swing arm lighting can be an alternative to lamps if hard-wiring is an option. An accent lamp works great on a dressing table for extra pizzazz while adjustable task light fixtures such as a desk lamp or table lamp will work well if you are using the table for grooming.

Wall Lights

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

Ceiling Lights

Flush mount lighting and recessed lighting make bedrooms look larger and feel 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 for more of a visual flare and a feminine feel. Bedroom track and rail lighting bring in a more contemporary feel to the bedroom and work great in children’s rooms because they are adjustable, making it easy to regulate the illumination and aim the lights in the direction of hobbies or homework.


Ceiling fans in bedrooms create a cool and comfortable environment to dress, sleep, or just hang out.  Install ceiling fans in guest bedrooms so your guests are comfortable when they stay the night.

About Bedroom

Bedroom lighting scheme should be determined in the beginning stages of design. It is important to consider what existing circuitry can be used and what additional light sources are needed. The more lighting options, the more choices you have to create the mood. It is definitely necessary to have a light fixture next to your bedside with at least two circuits so that you can alter the mood for brighter dressing to a quieter, more seductive level.

Mandy's Bed Room Lighting Questions
  • 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?

It’s really up to you but general guidelines suggest 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 and pale colors reflect it.

  • Which type of a bedside fixture works best for not disturbing my partner while he/she sleeps?

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

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