Choosing The Right Lighting For Your Living Room

Lighting is one of the most important things to get right when it comes to your home, and this is especially true in the living room. This is the place where you spend most of your waking hours when you are at home, and getting the lighting right is key to making you feel at home and cosy, and it can even effect your mood.

The main things to bare in mind when deciding how to light your room are:

Probably the most important of these are the bulb brightness and shade of colour, as the fitting is mainly down to personal taste. If you light your room too brightly your room will not feel homely and if if is too dark it will not be practical at all. The key is to get the balance exactly right. Also with the shade, choosing a warmer yellowy/reddish colour is the best way to add warmth to your room, and it is best to try and avoid sterile whites that can have the effect of making you feel as though you are in a hospital.

LED bulbs do tend to give off a more sterile kind of light, although they are improving all of the time. The main problem is that LED bulbs are built to last, so if you make an incorrect decision you may find yourself stuck with it for a while. The best thing to do is to visit a lighting showroom where you are take a look at the different options and choose which suits you best.

When it comes to brightness, a dimmer switch is an easy solution which enables you to alter the settings depending on your needs, although many LED light fittings will not operate correctly when wired this way. Make sure that you check with the light fitting manufacturer before trying to fit a dimmer switch, as you need to ensure that it will be compatible.

In terms of fittings you are four main options:

  • Wall fittings

  • Ceiling fittings

  • Down lighters

  • Up lighters

For the living room, most people will opt for wall fittings or ceiling fittings, although in many modern homes you will find a wide range of alternatives. The position of your electrical wiring is important to bear in mind when you are planning your room, as alterations may need to be made depending upon your preferred position for your fittings. Remember that it is best to employ a qualified electrician when dealing with rewiring, as you can easily make mistakes if you do not know what you are doing.



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