10 ways to freshen your bedroom lighting

Bedrooms have evolved from slumber zones into multi-functional rooms that can be tricky to illuminate. Here are ten tips for freshening up your lighting. Whatever your aim with lighting your home, we can help – see our range here!
1. Ceiling light
A central ceiling light will cast a good even glow around the entire room that’s perfect for general everyday tasks, such as getting dressed on dark mornings, cleaning and putting away laundry.
Choose a light-coloured shade teamed with a low-watt bulb so it doesn’t appear too harsh
2. Task lights
If your bedroom doubles up as a home office or a dressing room, carefully-placed task lighting could be the answer.
A directional table lamp – like an anglepoise – is an excellent choice for a workspace, while a floor lamp, or a wall sconce positioned by a mirror is perfect for putting on make-up or blow-drying hair.

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3. Reading lamps

Book lovers should balance a relaxing glow with suitable brightness so vision doesn’t become strained.
Height-adjustable, wall-mounted lamps are a versatile option, but make sure they’re well shielded so you don’t see the bulb, and you can read without disturbing your partner.
4. Romantic lighting
Whether you want to create a romantic atmosphere, or a relaxing haven, soft accent lighting is key to setting the tone in your bedroom.
Installing a dimmer switch with different settings is a quick and easy way to set the scene, but clusters of church candles and strings of fairy lights work just as well.
5. Wardrobe lighting
Navigating the dark recesses of your wardrobe can be frustrating at the best of times, so take the stress out of getting dressed by installing LED lighting. As well as being able to see your clothes, it’s energy efficient too.
6. Natural lighting
Make the most of any natural light in your room by keeping voluminous curtains neatly tied back to allow as much light as possible to filter in during the day.
Alternatively, a simple net curtain will diffuse light for a softer effect, while maintaining privacy in your room.
7. Blocking out light
As a general rule, the darker the room, the deeper you sleep, so take care to eliminate any light sources that may disturb you. Blackout blinds, or lining, will filter out external annoyances, but remember to turn off any plugs and electrical equipment inside your room.
8. Switches in the right places
Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that provide the most satisfaction, and installing light switches conveniently beside your bedside is one of them. No one enjoys getting out of bed to switch off the light and fumbling back in the dark.

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9. Choosing the right bulbs
Bulbs come in all shapes, sizes and intensities, so it’s worth shopping around to find ones that compliment your scheme.
Decorative filament bulbs will add a retro feel to your interior, while halogens provide a crisp, sharp light. For a warm yellowish glow, choose a low wattage – or the Kelvin equivalent.
10. Lights as decoration
As well as illuminating your bedroom, lighting can also be used as a stylish accessory. Choose a pendant or lampshade that will complement the overall look you’re trying to achieve, or go for a sculptural or supersize style and create a bold feature.
At Lighting Illusions we have the range, price and expert advice to help you realise your dream home, so call us, drop in to one of our four locations or shop online now!