Lighting a bedroom can be a big challenge for an interior designer. There is no other room in the house that serves so many specific purposes.
We don’t just sleep in our bedrooms, we relax in them. We read in them. We sometimes watch TV. They also serve as the dressing room, and even sometimes perform double duty as an office. Bedrooms need a lot of lighting options, which is not to say that they need a lot of light. Simply installing a big, bright ceiling fixture will not provide the desired result.
Good bedroom lighting designs incorporate a number of discretely lit areas for different activities. Most of the room’s lighting needs to be highly directional. Reading light needs to be behind the reader, who most likely will be sitting in bed. The wrong light, or wrong placement of the light, can actually cause physical pain and repetitive stress problems. Light for dressing or applying makeup needs to be bright, and emulate the daytime for color rendering. Closet lighting should be able to be used without disturbing someone else who is in the room sleeping, reading, or watching television.
Combine this need for many different lighting instruments with the fact that many older homes have limited electrical supply available in the bedroom, which makes retrofitting an expensive proposition if your energy requirements exceed the capacity of the wiring. In cases like this, LED lighting becomes the best choice. Because of its high efficacy, you can deliver a great deal of lighting potential without putting strain on your household electrical system, while at the same time saving money in energy costs.
Today’s LED lighting fixtures are attractive, versatile, and dimmable. The nature of LED means that they can be designed to be very directional, so you can light an area for a specific purpose with minimal spillover to other parts of the room. The advent of low-voltage light strips, which are very small and easily hidden, means that it is becoming possible to incorporate lighting right into furniture and other fixtures, so that they aren’t visible when they’re not on. DIY light strip kits that plug into the wall and require no wiring can be found online at www.ledundercounterlight.com
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