How to Choose Bedroom Lighting

Choosing the proper lighting for your bedroom is just as important as choosing light for any other room on the house, even if this is the room where you usually go to relax and sleep. With the different types of fixtures available, people that are remodeling their house and want to change their lighting fixtures might be confused as to which choices suit them best. Today, we’re going to show you how to choose bedroom lighting and benefit from the ambiance that you want to return to at

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Common Bedroom Lighting Options

 Let’s take a look at the most common bedroom lighting fixtures and see in which situations they might be better suited:

Flush-mount ceiling fixtures

There are some of the most common fixtures you’ll discover in terms of overhead bedroom lights. They sit against the ceiling and consist mostly of lightbulbs that’s covered by a plastic or glass semi-bowl. Depending on the size of your bedroom, you might not need any additional fixtures except for this one. This type of fixture might be the best choice if your ceiling is nine-foot low or less. Fixtures with covered bottoms are ideal if you want to avoid glare while sitting in bed.

Semi-flush-mount ceiling fixtures

Another popular choice is a semi-flush-mount ceiling fixture, which is characterized by a lightbulb that drops down into the room and hangs by a rod. While there are many different styles available, this fixture is likely to have some sort of medallion that covers the base of the fixture, right where it meets the ceiling. Semi-flush-mount ceiling fixtures are a good option if you have a bedroom that measures 10 or more feet in height. You can choose models that have a dimmer feature, allowing you to control the intensity of the light.


Pendant lights might sometimes be confused with semi-flush-mount ceiling fixtures, but they hang from the ceiling on a much longer rod. They are a common choice for contemporary bedrooms and work really well with tall rooms (measuring more than 10 feet in height). They can either be positioned above the nightstands or, if they’re meant to serve as a primary light source, at the bottom of the bed, in the center of the room.

Ceiling fans

This type of bedroom fixture is often preferred by homeowners that live in warm climates. The breeze that comes from the fan might be enough to replace air conditioning on a hot summer night, especially considering the fact that it’s not entirely healthy to sleep with the air conditioning on. Bedroom ceiling fans can take many different shapes: they can be dropped, flush-mount, or semi-flush-mount.


If you want to add a dramatic flair to your bedroom, chandeliers are the fixture to go with. They make the bedroom look more glamorous and, even if some people will tell you they belong in other rooms in the house, don’t be afraid to choose them if you have traditional, deco, modern, Tuscan, or romantic-style bedrooms. Chandeliers can only be used in rooms with high ceilings and it’s important to choose one that’s of an appropriate size for your bedroom. You want to avoid placing chandeliers right above the bed.

Track lighting

This type of light fixture consists of several spotlights that are attached to a metal rail, with the rail being the one that’s actually mounted on the ceiling. While it isn’t the most common bedroom choice, it could serve to brighten a vanity area or the dressing. They work really well in minimalist and contemporary bedrooms, but they are most common in large walk-in closets.

Recessed lighting

If you have a contemporary bedroom style thing going on, recessed lights might also serve as a viable option. They work really well in large rooms when paired with other types of ceiling fixtures. These pot lights make low ceilings look higher than they really are. Recessed lights work best in a bedroom when used with a dimmer, and they are a great option for walk-in closets as well.

Wall sconces

Wall sconces are usually chosen for those that want to decorate their bedroom in a different way. They are usually installed on each side of the bed and are often used to replace a bedside lamp to free up some space on the nightstand. Some of these wall sconces have adjustable swing arms, meaning that you can position the light properly for reading in bed. You want the sconces to be easily reached while sitting in bed, so it’s best to place them around four to six inches from the side of the headboard and about two feet above the mattress.

Bedside lamps

Bedside lamps are a wonderful idea because they are super practical. They offer concentrated lighting if you like reading before bedtime, they can be turned on and off without you having to get out of bed, and they are plugged in, which means that you don’t have to mess around with electrical wiring to install them. Bedside lamps are available in a wide range of different styles. If you like to read in bed, you are better off choosing a lamp that’s a few inches taller than the nightstand, just to keep the light out of your eyes. Also, make sure that the power switch is located within comfortable reach.

Floor lamps

Even if people normally associate a floor lamp with something that sits in the living room, usually by a sofa or an armchair, they can be quite stylish when placed in the bedroom as well. For larger bedrooms that don’t have any other lighting sources, you want to go with at least two floor lamps. You can opt for a floor lamp with an adjustable head so that you can direct the light to a specific area in the room.

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Tips for Choosing Bedroom Lighting

Bedrooms are mostly made to serve as a relaxation oasis and put you in the right mood and mindset for sleep. Light plays a really important part in this whole process, so let’s dig deeper into the matter for how to choose bedroom lighting with a list of tips that might be helpful to read before going shopping:

  First and foremost, you’re going to have to determine the right size for a ceiling fixture, and it all comes down to doing a little bit of math. When you determine what fixture size is appropriate, you want to combine the length and width of your room (measured in feet) and use that inch number to determine the diameter of the light. For example, if your bedroom measures 8-by-12 feet, then you want a light with a 20-inch diameter.

  As far as the height is concerned, make sure that the lighting fixture leaves at least seven feet from the bottom of the shade to the floor.

  If you like to read before bedtime, there are some other rules that you need to keep in mind. Wall sconces, floor lamps, and bedside lamps are ideal in your situation. If you have a small bedroom, these can serve as single light sources, or they can be used in tandem with larger overhead lighting fixtures.

  If you opt for floor lamps or wall sconces, choose models that have adjustable arms, so they allow you to direct the light to a specific location, making it easier for you to see what you’re reading.

  Don’t forget that the shade of your sconce or lamp will also limit the brightness of the light emitted. You want to choose dark shade that will direct the light downwards.

  Accent lights can go a long way in creating a relaxing bedroom atmosphere. Accent lights work even better when the bedroom is larger. They are characterized by lower wattage and provide subtle illumination.

  When choosing accent lights, you want to opt for products that respect the size and scale needed for your bedroom. For instance, if you opt for bedside lamps, you want them to have about ⅓ of your nightstand’s width and about the same height as your headboard.

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The rules for choosing bedroom lighting are pretty relaxed, especially since it depends on your personal taste and whatever bedroom activities you mostly need light for. You can opt for single wall-mounted, floor, or overhead lights, or you can combine multiple light sources, as long as you make sure not to overdo it. Keep in mind that the bedroom is designed to be a place for rest and relaxation, so choosing bright lights is going to prevent melatonin secretion, telling your brain that it’s not time for bed yet.

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