Bedroom Light Fixtures: Ideas and Options
Explore the many choices in bedroom light fixtures to find the perfect lighting plan for your bedroom.
By: Gina Hannah
When choosing the lighting fixtures for your bedroom remodel, like any other part of your remodeling project, it's crucial to have a plan. Your goal is to create a beautiful and relaxing space. There are many different types of bedroom light fixtures available. Knowing what will work best for a particular project is an art, but it's an endeavor that can be fun if you want to exercise your creativity.
Take into consideration the design of your bedroom, size and style of your furniture, personal preferences and your budget. Also consider the different types of bedroom lighting available. Lights fall into three categories: general (or ambient) lighting, accent lighting and task lighting. General lighting, typically from one or more ceiling or wall fixtures, radiates throughout a room as sunlight does. Accent and task lights focus on individual areas and may come from movable lamps, fixed fluorescent light fixtures, track lights or recessed spotlights.
Layering the three types of light can solve many lighting problems that a bedroom might have. Consider what you want the lighting to do (besides providing light). Recessed lights provide ambient light. Floor and table lamps add a decorative element to the bedroom while creating a sitting area or reading nook, and they can be as large or small as you wish.
A fixture can complement—or contrast—the style of your furniture and other furnishings. Ceiling light fixtures can incorporate a fan for climate control. Track lighting can play up artwork or other objects you wish to show off, and a chandelier can provide a dramatic or romantic focal point in the bedroom. If you have a large plant or statue you want to exhibit, you might use a floor fixture trained on the object to create a dramatic effect.
If you're going for an eclectic look, you'll have a nearly endless selection of options for mixing or blending your bedroom lighting fixtures and other furnishings. Decorator showrooms, home improvement stores, thrift shops and even yard sales can turn up finds that can add a dash of personality to a room. Older lamps can be retrofitted or repaired and turned into unique lighting pieces. Lamp shades on existing fixtures can be replaced for a new look.
When choosing your bedroom light fixtures, Also consider the long-term aspects of your lighting plan. Some types of light fixtures, such as recessed lighting, are permanent (removable only with a good deal of work). Others, such as ceiling fixtures or wall sconces, can be replaced in a matter of minutes. Floor lamps and table lamps can be moved from one side of the room to the other in a matter of seconds. When choosing your bedroom lights, consider whether you will need to hire a professional to install the lighting, or if you can do it yourself.
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