Tips For Lighting Every Room In Your House

Lighting is a key element that helps make a home. With proper lighting, you are able to perform tasks easily. Proper lighting also makes you feel comfortable, safe and also allows you to enjoy your home to the fullest. Each room in the house has unique lighting needs. Below are the suitable lights for each room to help you with planning.

Living Area

There are several types of lighting fixtures including recessed lighting that work for accent and general lighting needs. They help to enhance the living room’s ambience, accent artwork, dramatize wall textures and also illuminate your living room or playroom.

If you must use a chandelier in a given space, make sure the one you chose doesn’t date your space. Chandeliers are normally brought without considering space and the décor surrounding it. Chandeliers are available in many simple designs including small bulbs, faux candles or a few lights to complex and very expensive crystal varieties.

Regardless of your choice of décor, consider the ceiling height, measure the space and take into consideration how many lights on a circuit are required before installing lighting fixture.

Dining Room

Since the lighting fixture is the focal point of your dining area, it should express your personal style; while at the same time satisfy the general lighting needs. Whether your entertaining and dining style is casual and laidback, or is more formal, go for a fixture that truly reflects you.

Your dining area is the easiest room to light since the focal point of the room is always the dining table. Although chandeliers are normally the most popular, however pendant lights are also very good. You may as well add accent lights or a task lamp if you want to put spotlight on a given accent feature in the room.


Using under cabinet lighting will help prevent shadows on the kitchen counters, while at the same time adding critical light to your workspace. Fluorescent under cabinet lighting sources are also much cheaper compared to other lighting sources. Recessed down lights are the best for open areas over sinks. They can be mounted directly over the sink.

Mount mini-pendants 18 to 24 inches above your work surface to ideally light up your counter dinettes or breakfast bar. A pendant on dimmer, hanging just 24 to 30 inches above the table is the best for task lighting. You may size the fixture to about 12 inches less than the table’s diameter.

LED light bulbs are available in several color temperatures. Higher color temperatures of about 5000k to 6500k are recommended for a kitchen with a high Color Rendering Index (CRI), as high as reasonable to buy. CRI is a measure of how true the colors show up under light of any given bulb. For instance, rays from the sun have CRI of 100. So any other source above 80 represents colors closer to the way they appear in natural light from the sun.

The oven is also a very important place that requires sufficient light. A poor quality bulb in your oven is likely to make food appear under or overcooked. This can in turn throw a nasty wrench in an otherwise perfect meal. Incandescent bulbs are the best for ovens. In summary, your kitchen needs light bulbs that are high in CRI with fairly high color temperatures. The ovens on the other hand need specialty incandescent light bulbs with higher CRI.


The bathroom requires the right tone of light. The compact fluorescent light bulbs with the color temperatures of about 2700k best match the incandescent light, which has for a long time been used to scrutinize ourselves. Since our skin appear better under warm light, experts believe that warm light is optimal in your bathroom. If you are using recessed light over pedestal sink, it’s advisable not to mount them directly over the mirror in order to avoid creating shadows.

You can get rid of shadows by adding wall brackets to the side of your mirror. If your mirror is below 48 inches wide use, vertically mount wall brackets and position it under 75 to 80 inches above the floor.

If the fixture in your bathroom uses exposed lamps, avoid using wattage higher than 40 watts. Fixtures that are clear or with properly diffused glass normally use no more than seventy-five watts. The color corrected fluorescent lamps are supposed to be used when homeowners desire fluorescent fixtures. Crisp while light render skin tone most accurately.


The most appropriate choice for bedroom lighting is warm light because it is more relaxing and restful. Task lighting is usually used on bedside tables but you may also have sconces there too. In addition, you may consider installing accent lights to highlight a work of art or a photo. Dimmer switches are important and should not be forgotten because they allow you to make perfect ambiance in the room.

If your bedroom has sufficient space for nightstand, you may set up two bedside lamps. You can set them up in a style, but make sure that you do not angle the light to shine directly on the pillow, as a soft glow is much more soothing than a spotlight.

If your room is not spacious enough to accommodate nightstand, you can mount two sconces on each side of your bed, so as to have good light suitable for bedtime reading.

Exterior Lighting

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Use decorative features on walls, along pathways, on posts and entrance foyers. Design of these features is supposed to complement the feel and look of your home and landscape while giving sufficient light for security, safety and functionality.

As you install a wall lantern, be sure to size the fixture not only to the door but also the surrounding spaces. Mount wall lanterns slightly above the eye level roughly at about 60 to 66 inches from the center to the floor. You may select post-top lanterns to match the style of wall lanterns. Post top lanterns which are larger make the best impression if used in a large open space.


Do not be afraid when choosing suitable lights for each room. Sufficient lighting can boost your mood and ambiance in the space. Lighting, just like the color of your room, can help enhance your space and also make it feel warmer and inviting. You can also get more lighting help ideas and suitable lights for each room from lighting stores, online decors, catalogues, fashion blogs and magazines.