When lighting a bedroom, you will want to create an overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation, while providing some bright spots for reading and other activities. A combination of general and task lighting that takes into account the age and lifestyle of the occupant(s) is needed. Remember, dimming controls give you the flexibility to vary the light to suit different moods and activities (see lighting controls).
General bedroom lighting can be provided by ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan lights, recessed downlights, or wall sconces, giving you the illumination you need to dress and see into drawers and closets.
At the dressing table, an adjustable, lighted magnifying mirror will provide ideal lighting for grooming and applying makeup.
For bedroom closets, a recessed or surface-mounted closet light is suggested.
Swing-arm wall lamps on either side of the bed will provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free for a clock-radio, books, or beverages.
Another bedroom lighting idea is to hang pendants next to the bed, or install recessed downlights in the ceiling over the bed.
Children’s rooms will benefit from the use of track lights, which can be swiveled, rotated, and aimed in any direction to shed light on play areas, hobbies, or homework. As the child grows older, the fixtures can be moved and redirected toward a stereo cabinet or sitting area.