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THE ONLY BEDROOM LIGHTING GUIDE YOU NEED

 Bedroom lighting should be selected for its functionality, decorative properties and its convenience. Here is a discussion on each of these factors relating to lighting in a bedroom.

 

Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, you probably use your bedroom for more than just slumber. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light hinders you from doing much else.

Bedroom lighting can range from basic to bold; dimmed to dramatic, and these tips will help you choose the right style for you:

1. Be Size Wise

Before buying bedroom lighting, first determine the size of room, says Artcraft Lighting vice president Howard Bernstein. Take your room measurements, along with outlet locations and furniture placement to a lighting showroom. The experts there can help you fill in with just the right light.

2. Keep Height In Mind

Consider scale. Bedrooms typically have lower 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings. Avoid fixtures with longer bodies in favor of shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. “You want a certain level for reading and enough lighting for dressing,” says Bernstein. “You also need light to be high enough to reach all the areas.”

3. Leave Room to Glow

Decide what you want to do in the room, then choose appropriate lighting. Home computers, sewing machines and reading nooks in the bedroom need directed lighting. Sitting areas beg for softer, shaded fixtures. Vanities demand brighter light.

4. Stay On The Light Side

Avoid shades on lamps or lights that are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark, according to the American Lighting Association (ALA). The fixtures may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. “When buying a table lamp, opt for one with a softly diffused shade,” says Dan Blitzer, ALA continuing education instructor. “Spend a moment to see how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed.

 

See more: http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/room-ideas/a1716/bedroom-lighting-guide-a-50480/

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