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Bedroom Lighting Guide: 3 Types of Lighting You Need in Your Bedroom

Bedroom is often neglected when it comes to lighting. It’s the room where we spend most time sleeping, and it may seem useless to bring more sources of light to your sleep sanctuary. If those are your initial thoughts, answer these questions:

  • Do you enjoy reading in bed or journaling your day’s events before you put your thoughts to bed?

  • Do you light candles to create a romantic atmosphere? If so, are you ever worried about the fire hazard related to candles?

  • And what about picking your outfits or doing your make up in the bedroom?

Every bedroom needs three types of lighting to support your relaxation and productivity:

 

1. General Lighting

General lighting provides an even level of illumination throughout the space. For general lighting, use a chandelier, pendant or spotlights.

A good even light is important in every space. You need this basic light to clean the room or to get dressed in the winter. Of course, the best general light source will always be natural light. However, we don’t get much sunlight during long, British winters – that’s why you’ll always need a general ceiling light. But remember to turn it off when you don’t need it – there is nothing worse than a harsh ceiling light while you’re trying to relax in bed!

Make sure that you like the look of your bedroom ceiling light even when it’s off. We often don’t realise the power of decorative lighting. What is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning? The ceiling! Now imagine you have a really beautiful ceiling light, and you could start every day with a smile.

Shop Bedroom Ceiling Lights

Tropez 82 Pendant Light – Nature
Tropez 82 Pendant Light – Nature
£72
Aruba Rattan Pendant Light
Aruba Rattan Pendant Light
£69.99
Wicker Ball Pendant Light – Large
Wicker Ball Pendant Light – Large
£310

2. Task Lighting

Task lighting is used to illuminate tasks such as reading, writing, or computer work. Brighter light is required in a smaller focal point of the room. For task lighting, use lamps, pendants or wall lights.

If you like to read or journal in bed, a good bedside light is a must. If you apply your make up in the bedroom, you also need task lights near your dresser.

That doesn’t necessarily mean desk-style lights – classic table lamps with light fabric shades and hanging pendants will work well, and look more aesthetically pleasing.

We also love hanging pendants over the bed, they look super stylish and save space on the bedside table.

 

Shop Bedroom Task Lights

Alumina Lamp
Alumina Lamp
£144.50
Porcelain Walnut Pendant Light
Porcelain Walnut Pendant Light
£76
Angle Desk Lamp
Angle Desk Lamp
£225

3. Mood Lighting

Mood lighting is used to create a relaxing, cosy atmosphere and recreate a candle-light or sunset glow. To create mood with lighting, use low wattage, warm temperature lamps, pendants and wall lights.

In the bedroom, you need mood lighting for a relaxing, romantic atmosphere in the evenings. To create this cosy glow, you can dim the lights we’ve already talked about. However, we suggest adding a few decorative lights in warm temperature to recreate candle-light.

Look for shaded lamps made from materials such as rattan, paper, or ceramic – they will diffuse the light gently and softly.

Remember, mood lighting is used to create atmosphere, not to light areas of need – that’s what task lighting is for.

Shop Bedroom Mood Lights

Oyster Table Lamp
Oyster Table Lamp
£40
Aruba Rattan Wall Light
Aruba Rattan Wall Light
£65
Tropez Table Lamp
Tropez Table Lamp
£55

TOP TIP

If you want your bedroom lamps to feel more relaxing, replace existing bulbs for tinted LEDs.

Look for bulbs in warm colour temperature. The lower the Kelvin, the warmer the light will be. The standard colour temperature in residential lighting is 2700K – 3000K.  But if you want to recreate that romantic candle glow, replace your existing bulbs for bulbs with colour temperature of 2200K – 2500K.

Shop Warm Light Bulbs

Pluto 3W E14 Light Bulb
Pluto 3W E14 Light Bulb
£9
Pygmy 2W E14 Light Bulb
Pygmy 2W E14 Light Bulb
£7
Elva 6W E27 Light Bulb
Elva 6W E27 Light Bulb
£18
Lurra 3W E27 Light Bulb
Lurra 3W E27 Light Bulb
£6.50

Poetic and playful yet sophisticated, this handmade French 6-light chandelier is an ideal choice for a dining table light or living room light. Inspired by nature, the Folia Bronze Chandelier represents six tree branches in solid bronze, and it suits both contemporary and relaxed country settings.

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Make a statement with simplicity.

The Link Floor Lamp is an elegant and minimalist addition to your living room or bedroom. It provides a warm ambient light for those empty corners in your home.

The lamp is handmade from brass and has a hexagonal base which ensures its sturdiness and stability. Entirely handcrafted by skilled artisans in France, it is an elegant and sophisticated floor lamp made with excellent attention to detail.

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Inspired by the classic design of traditional European suspension fixtures, Verone is an artisan pendant light suspended from a 1 metre decorative bronze chain, and is therefore an ideal choice for high ceilings and hallways.

Classic and elegant, this handmade French pendant light comes with a conical white silk taffeta shade, also available in a variety of other shade colours by special request.

Elegant, stylish, charming and playful – this look suits both contemporary and relaxed country settings.

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