View in galleryFloor or table lamps allow you to change the mood in seconds
Recessed LightingSo, let’s talk recessed lighting. LED is your best bet. Converting to LED is easy. Buy a LED conversion can and install it. LED produces great color for living room lighting. And, of course LEDs last seemingly forever compared to incandescent or fluorescent.
General PlanLiving Room Lighting is often mostly ambient (meaning diffused lighting) with a few utility/task lights. Put task lights next to your favorite spot for a little more light when you need it. These days most living rooms have recessed lighting. But, if your house was made before the 1990s most likely you have no direct wire lighting in your living room. It’s possible you or someone added it in over the years.
– Anna Lee, the Lighting Lady Certified Residential Lighting Specialist, Hansen Wholesale
It’s important to set the right balance in the living room. This is a space which is usually flexible and it used for entertainment but also as a place to relax. So consider using permanent fixtures such as chandeliers or pendant lamps but also take into consideration floor lamps and sconces. A dimmer switch is, of course, a must have.
By Anna Lee, the Lighting Lady Certified Residential Lighting Specialist at Hansen Wholesale
A successful lighting design combines a number of light sources at different levels of the room. Add layers of light from a number of types of fixtures that can be used together or separately for a flexible space.
Wall lights or sconces are a great way to add interest to an empty wall or frame the sofa or a work of art. They’re also ideal for small spaces and help free up floor or table space. Try a pair of colorful or sculptural sconces that will draw the eye and illuminate the space, or go for a solo light for a minimalist look.
Bathroom.View in galleryTask lighting is the most important type in the bathroomView in galleryA dimmer switch on the task lighting will allow you eyes to adjust in the morningView in galleryAbove the tub you could have a chandelier or a pendant light
Entryway.View in galleryA large floor lamp in a corner can give you the extra mood lighting this area needs
Some time playing with the Little, laughing. Or talking with my Hunky Hubby about life and such. Sometimes we have impromptu dance parties or karaoke jams. Or, snuggling and watching a show to lose the cares of the day…
Flush / Semi-Flush FixtureAnother option is a flush or semi-flush fixture. This type of fixture fits up against the ceiling or hangs just below). There are endless styles and light levels to choose from in this category.
The dining room is one of the easiest rooms to light simply because the dining table is always the focal point of the room. Usually, chandeliers are chosen for this area but pendant lights are also very popular. However, you can also add a task lamp or accent lights if you wish to put the spotlight on a certain accent feature in the room.
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A ceiling fan serves more than one purpose. It handles lighting with many levels of light (dimming options). It also handles air circulation to assist in cooling and heating and comfort.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your living room, don’t leave it in the dark! Highlight the architectural feature by installing sconces or adding a pair of small lamps to your mantel display.
Table lamps are perfect when you need a little extra light once the sun goes down. And they’re even better in pairs. Set matching table lamps on side tables or on either end of a console to give the space a sense of balance and symmetry.
Bedroom.View in galleryIf you want something different, have pendant lights instead of lampsView in galleryTask lighting is very important in the bedroom because it lets you set a relaxing moodView in galleryAccent lighting can allow you to create an eye-catching backdrop
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The lighting is very important for the entry because it can make your home look very inviting. So make sure you set an appropriate mood at the front door. A large lamp or chandelier can be a nice choice. If you have artwork displayed on the walls, accent lights can help you highlight their beauty.
View in gallerySpotlights embedded in the ceiling allow you to position the light in key areas
Of course, a home office should focus on task lighting. It should feature lamps on the desk which are essential to reduce eyestrain but an overhead light can also be useful on cloudy days on when you’re working at night and the lamp is too powerful for the eyes. You should have a dimmer switch for the pendant light. Accent lighting is decorative and can help make the office seem more inviting.
No matter how you spend time in your living room, you need to shed some light on all these moments. And, with the right living room lighting fixtures.
For most homes in America, there is no recessed lighting in the living room and no junction box. If this is the case in your home, your best bet to light the living room is using portable lamps.
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Office.View in galleryIf there’s not a lot of space on your desk then have hanging lights
Choosing Lamps for Living RoomsNow I know you don’t want to have 10 lamps lining your living room. But you want to have some lighting right where you need it and some ambient lighting. Ambient lighting is useful when you relax, watch a show or visit with family and friends.
Dining Room.View in galleryUse a low-hanging pendant light or chandelier above the dining table
View in galleryMake sure the chandelier matches the style you’ve chosen for the room
Whether you go for a romantic chandelier or a modern pendant, a striking light fixture can complete a living room. Use the piece to brighten the seating area and create a focal point. Install a dimmer switch to be able to switch up the atmosphere and set the mood.
View in galleryYou can have multiple types of lighting fixtures such as this combo of a chandelier and pendant lamps
Choosing the lighting fixtures for the house is one of the details you need to plan when decorating a new space. But the decision is not easy, not even if you’re planning a simple makeover or renovation. But you have to be organized and to to take things one by one, room by room.
Most of your living room lighting choices depend the locations of electrical outlets. If you’re remodeling you should define your outlet locations by your lighting design. Living rooms have recessed lighting, a single fixture in the middle of the room, floor lamps, corner lamps or perimeter lighting. Lit properly, you’ll have a room you love to live in.
Once you have some general ideas, choose some living room lighting fixtures and see if you can make them work. You might want to mark your working outlets while planning. This way you can easily see how much electrical chord length you’ll need. Start with the fixed or recessed lights. After you place the fixtures, move on to torchieres and table lamps to fill your living room with ambient and task lighting.
Perimeter LightingYou can also use track, monorail or cable lighting. One source of electricity in your ceiling runs many lights on a rail, cable, or track. Or, if you have a very large room, you may need multiple tracks so the lighting covers more area.
Table lamp options include those that shine up, down, or both. Use the right table lamp for ambient lighting or for a direct spot on the area you need it most.
In the case of the bedroom, the best choice would be warm light because it’s more restful and relaxing. Usually, task lighting is used on the bedside tables but you can also have sconces there. Also, consider using accent lights to highlight a photo or a work of art. Don’t forget about the dimmer switch, it will allow you to create the perfect ambiance in the room.
What’s important to know here is that sconces above a vanity mirror or beside it assure appropriate light for certain tasks but you have to place them at the right height (near face height) for the most flattering illumination. Well-placed accent lighting make the bathroom more welcoming so consider also having a chandelier, a pendant light and don’t forget the dimmer switch.
View in galleryIf you have a big entryway, then consider using more than one pendant light
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If your room is large or lacking in natural light, a single ceiling fixture may not be enough. Consider using multiple overhead sources, such as recessed lighting paired with a pendant.
The kitchen needs more complex lighting because there is no single focal point in this room. So you need overhead lights for basic tasks but you also need extra lighting in areas such as over the kitchen island, over the sink or the bar. You can have pendant light in all these areas.Spotlights are also a good option.
View in galleryChandeliers are also great and they make the space look elegant and imposing
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View in galleryConsider opting for big pieces such as this modern chandelier
View in gallerySconces are great for highlighting artwork or certain accent details
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Living Room.View in galleryA big chandelier can be the focal point of your living room
Kitchen.View in galleryConsider having more than just one pendant light in the kitchen
Depending on the size of your living room, you will most likely need 1-2 torchieres. These are tall lamps that reflect light off the ceiling. Then, place one or two table lamps placed next to the most used seating areas. It’s possible to get torchieres that also have built-in task lighting.
View in galleryCeiling fans usually need extra mood lighting such as these spotlights
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View in galleryTask lighting needs to be strategically placed throughout the room
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A lonely armchair instantly becomes a cozy reading nook when you add a floor lamp. Take advantage of an empty corner and create a calm spot that’s the perfect for curling up with a bestseller.
What’s the point of having a beautifully designed space if you’re sitting in the dark? Lighting is one of the essential elements of a room and can impact how everything else—from the wall color to the art to the rug—looks. That’s why it’s important to plan your lighting design early and consider all the sources of light you’ll need, whether it’s wall lights over the sofa for reading or an eye-catching chandelier that illuminates the whole room. “A lot of people just think lighting should be done once you know what you need to light up,” David Gray, sales manager of the Professional Division for Lamps Plus told AD. “It’s actually the opposite: You should design the room with lighting in mind. Having your architect draw the lighting in is a great method. If you think of lighting last, you’ve already damaged your possibility to be right. It should be part and parcel of the room, because lighting is an integral part of the room’s look.” If you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level, discover these genius living room lighting ideas that are sure to make your space brighter and more beautiful.
Ceiling Fans with LightingIf you have a source of electricity (J-Box) in the middle of your room, you have several options. Your first and most versatile option is a ceiling fan with lighting. You can get ceiling fans in any style with ample lighting. You have options for remote controls or wall controls for dimming.
If you don’t have a ceiling fixture, consider floor lamp that curves over the space. The piece will add light from above without the need to call an electrician.
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