Living Room Lighting For Every Purpose

Lighting can greatly influence your everyday life. We all know how different light can affect your mood, set the atmosphere, and highlight or hide different aspects of space, so here is how to achieve the desired look in your house. Here are five different types of lighting and each can have a place in your living room, so take a look.

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General lighting is usually overhead lighting that you use during the evening to provide you with sufficient light. Some living rooms which have a lot of natural light don’t need any artificial light during the day, but during the night, it’s necessity. General lighting is great if you want to create a pleasant atmosphere and provide your room with an even layer of light. To ensure you’ll always get the amount of light you need, install dimmers or enrich the space with floor lamps or scones.  Watch out how you position your TV because overhead lighting can cause a distracting glare.

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If you want to draw attention to a certain part of your living room, such as a piece of art, some architectural element, a bookshelf or a fireplace, use accent lighting. A good way to accentuate your artwork is by installing track lights and a good option for highlighting plants or architecture is by using uplights placed on the floor. There’s one important thing to have in mind when installing accent lights – its brightness. Ideally, the accented part of the room should be around five times brighter than the surrounding space in order to achieve the desired effect.

Task lighting

Task lighting is used in the parts of the living room that are reserved for reading or writing. This type of lighting requires a brighter light so that you can do any task comfortably and without any strain on your eyes. Task lighting can be provided by standing lamps or table lamps that are adjustable and placed as near as possible to the area where you do the task. Apothecary style lamps are the favorite choice of many interior designers and you can’t go wrong with it. They are very focused and are practical because they can easily be moved around with the furniture.


Ambience lighting

If you want to create a specific atmosphere, ambience lighting is the way to go. It’s a great way to illuminate your home without drawing too much attention to the light source. It’s a subtle way to create a certain warm glow to your living room and make it cozy and inviting. Since ambience lighting is delicate and not “in your face”, you will probably use it a lot through the day even if you get a lot of sun like in Australia. Because of the frequent use it’s a good idea to use energy-saving bulbs and install dimmers. This can be tricky to do by yourself so you can call your local expert, such as Sydney Local Electricians to make your life easier.

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Decorative lighting is a way to add something extra to your living room. With table lamps you can add colour, texture, shine and style to your living room. Each piece can have a story and can add to the dominant design of the room. With decorative lights, you can also make the space feel softer, cozier and more intimate. Different chandeliers and pendants can create that homey atmosphere, whereas table and standing lamps can personalize the space and add a little flair to it.

Since the living room is usually the social centre of any home, the type of lighting you choose is very important. So, go and light up your living room and let it shine bright like a diamond.


How To Perfectly Light Up Every Room In Your Home

Good lighting is essential if you want to achieve a pleasant atmosphere in your home. Houses and apartments with plenty of natural light are in luck, because most days, they won’t have to worry about staying in dim lit rooms. However, those homes that are not as lucky, have to think about the right choice of lighting in every room, so they could read, eat, bathe, and do all the other activities easily.

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Living rooms are areas where people gather and interact for most of the time. This is why the room should be appropriately lit, providing a family with a good atmosphere to talk, read, watch TV or just rest. One of the best choices for the living room would be lights that bounce off the ceiling. Unlike recessed downlights, these will provide you with ambient illumination, and they’ll create the sense of brightness. You won’t have to worry about shadows or other inconveniences. Cove or valance lighting would fit a room’s architecture perfectly, so consider them a possible choice for your living room as well.


Being the place where you prepare food and do a lot of cleaning, kitchen requires proper and strong lighting. What’s more, families tend to spend equal amount of time gathering in the kitchen as they do in the living room, so the more windows you can install in the kitchen to get the natural light, the better. However, ceiling mounted or recessed fixture as well as under cabinet lighting will be a perfect solution for a kitchen. To avoid shadows from an overhead light, install under cabinet lighting to illuminate the countertops.


Dining Rooms

The focus of the dining room is the table, so the lighting fixture is usually placed just above the table. This way, it provides perfect illumination and ambiance. You could also consider dimmers, so you could get a more relaxed atmosphere when you want. A chandelier is a great choice for dining rooms, because it’s both elegant and illuminating. Wall sconces also look elegant, and they’ll provide sufficient lighting for dining and chatting with your family members and guests. What’s more, consider installing cove lighting on two opposing walls while having a dimmable chandelier above the table.


Considering we spend time in the bathroom to take care of personal hygiene and viewing ourselves in the mirror, the room should have an adequate lighting and even more careful placement of them. Central ceiling mounted fixtures are the ones most often used, but they’ll only cast to many shadows and won’t be useful. Lighting both sides of the mirror would be the best alternative. Wall-mounted fixtures are perfect for small bathrooms. Wall sconces on each side of the mirror and one on an opposing side will flawlessly illuminate the room, minimizing the shadows. Installing lighting fixtures isn’t easy, so be sure to contact emergency electrician 24 hours whenever you need them; that way you won’t be at risk of electrocuting yourself.


If you like reading in bed, you will definitely need proper lighting. Wall-mounted lighting fixtures are an excellent choice for this purpose. Install those with adjustable arms, and you’ll be able to direct them whichever way you need. Floor lamps, a pair of sconces on a wall mirror or architectural lighting can serve as the perfect ambient light. Furthermore, if you prefer floor and table lamps, over wall-mounted fixtures, feel free to opt for those, because they’ll also be suitable for a bedroom.


Proper lighting is of great importance for every room in the house. If the space isn’t well illuminated, it’ll affect not only your eyesight, but the whole atmosphere in the room. Therefore, be sure to choose proper lighting fixtures for every room, and avoid any inconveniences.