On average we spend thirty-three years of our lives in our beds. Time spent sleeping and resting is incredibly important for improving both mental health and physical wellbeing. 

You may only consider the comfort of your mattress to be important but this is not the case. Good use of lighting can improve not only your bedroom space but also your general welfare.

Layering Bedroom Lighting

Layering light is an effective way of bringing a room to life. It allows you to control where the eye is drawn and adds balance and illusions of space.

Most bedrooms are chosen due to their natural light, this may be enough during clear, bright days but in the evenings, if this is the only light available, the bedroom will become a place purely to sleep in and not a place of relaxation.

A useful way of adding space using natural light is to place a mirror facing the window to bounce light into the room.

The addition of high quality artificial lighting can enhance what nature provides. Adding a combination of ceiling, floor, wall or table lighting not only illuminates but also characterises a room.

A good example would be to add a pair of table lamps on bedside tables. Floor lamps in the corner of a room will naturally draw the eye to the corner and make the space feel bigger. Wall lights and reader lights are typically wall mounted allowing for a more spacious feel. In larger bedrooms you may want to use decorative wall lights to add a layer. 

Top Tip – Remember that illuminating large blank walls makes sure

that the space does not feel gloomy.

Ambient Bedroom Lighting

Ambient lighting provides atmosphere and sophistication to a room. We can achieve this by adding subtle cornice lighting using LED strips. Dimmable lighting is highly recommended in bedrooms and allows for the space to become multi-functional.

Dimmers are useful to have for all lighting, but with ambient lighting, it allows control and adjustment for different times of the day. An important thing to note is that some bulbs are more effective with dimmers than others. For example CFLs and certain LEDs can cause flickering if a dimmer is used. Talk to our team to find the best bulb match if you are considering a dimming system.

Task Lighting & Zones

The typical bedroom has different areas for different tasks. 

These can include:

The bed

The wardrobe and/or dresser

The desk

The ensuite

When choosing lighting for a bedroom, focus on which type of light would suit which area.

Adjustable lights are a good choice for desks due to their flexibility and bedside lighting should avoid blue light as it produces melatonin, making it harder to relax.

Accent Lighting in the Bedroom

Accent lighting allows you to pull focus to certain areas of your room such as architectural or decorative features. 

Spot, picture, halo and cornice light are all effective ways of accenting features. For example, LED strips could be used along shelves to add a subtle glow. Backlighting your headboard has become a popular source of ambient light over the past couple of years.

Types of Light for the Bedroom

There are a wide variety of lighting types to choose from in your bedroom such as pendant lights, wall sconces and floor lamps to name a few.

It is important to consider not only the design and size of the lighting fixture but also the type of light the bulb will emit and what its reach will be. This will depend on whether the lighting you select has an integrated LED light source or requires a bulb.

White and blue light suppress melatonin creation and cause alertness whereas warm, yellow light encourages melatonin creation, promoting relaxation.

Incorrect or cheap light sources can cause eye strain, blurriness and migraines. This can be caused by harsh lighting such as fluorescent lighting as well as not having enough lighting and being in a dim room for long periods of time.

Lumens & Colour Temperature

The amount of energy a light gives off is measured in wattage, its brightness is measured in lumens or lux. Colour rendering index (CRI) is used to measure colour accuracy. Colour temperature is measure on the Kelvin scale. The lower the number, the warmer your lighting will be. The maximum colour temperature we recommend for a bedroom would be 4000k, however, the most popular colour temperature for bedroom lighting is 3000k to give a warm and inviting feel.

An average bedroom will require 10-20 lumens per square foot for adequate lighting levels. A high CRI level will produce more colour accurate light. This is particularly useful in a room where you are likely to do tasks focused on personal presentation such as dressing as you will see the true colour of your garments. Bedroom lighting will typically have a CRI value of 80-90.

Decorative Value

As you have probably gathered, lighting doesn’t have to be purely functional. A bedroom is probably the most personal area of a house. We, at Lightsource, know it’s important to be able to express yourself through furnishings without sacrificing functionality and quality. Lighting can be used to make a statement through large lamps, chandeliers or pendants, or, show off your modest side with subtly placed lighting that blends in with your other furnishings.


Another important aspect to consider is how to make lighting work in your space. Before shopping, evaluate the size of your bedroom and how many plugs and switches it has.

At Lightsource we have options to suit every room, big and small.


If you want to learn more about bedroom lighting speak to a member of our team or call into our showroom for a free consultation.