Bedroom lamps used to be the only alternative to light fixtures that simply provided too much illumination. Modern bedroom lighting ideas combine wall lights, stand-alone bedroom lamps and even kids’ light fixtures. Have you seen the light?
Bedroom Lighting 101
Unlike a kitchen that requires primarily functional lighting options, bedroom lamps must provide high-level illumination as needed, offer the option of ambient lighting if desired and feature some accentuating properties for décor and relaxation. This takes bedroom lighting away from the single-duty ceiling light fixture that generally only features an on- or off-option.
What Types of Bedroom Lamps Do You Need?
Available outlets frequently limit the types of bedroom lamps a homeowner may choose to install in an older home. Extension cords running along the walls are difficult to hide and will detract from the room’s character. Wall lights that are wired directly into the light system offer the best compromise
Unique Home Décor Ideas emphasizes that proper task lighting is a must for any bedroom. Lighting options here may rely on the ceiling light fixture. The experts suggest halogen light for tasking since the crisp nature of the illumination makes it possible to read, work, separate like colors and scrap-book. A word of warning for the lady of the house: halogen lamps are wonderful for all these tasks except for applying makeup.
Kids’ light fixtures
Do not be fooled by the cute exterior of many princess or Thomas the Tank Engine lights; behind the whimsical exterior frequently is quite a bit of a punch. While bedroom lamps for kids pull double duty to also illuminate game play and homework time, it is important to provide secondary bedroom lighting for relaxation. A dimmer switch can make a huge difference when hooked up to wall lights.
Pioneer Thinking warns homeowners to take stock of their bedrooms’ ceiling heights. If the rooms have eight- or even nine-foot ceilings, bedroom lamps with “longer bodies” look odd and fail to illuminate at seating-height.
Bedroom Lighting Ideas on a Budget
For the poor college student or cash-strapped parent, there are cheaper alternatives to costly bedroom lamps from the big box home improvement store. I am personally a huge fan of white Christmas lights that can be artfully draped around a basic lamp. Use softer light bulbs for the Christmas lights and turn them on when only ambient lighting is desired. Turn on the actual lamp for tasking.