A place to bond with your family, the living room is
considered as one of the main facets of a common
household. It is a place to have family conversations,
watching TV, a place to read your favorite books or
newspaper, or even a place of play for the kids. This is
also a place for you and your friends to have quality time
together chatting or as a venue for fun-filled activities.
The lighting you use in your living room can determine the
mood of those who stay in it, as well as the comfort that
it can bring to your eyes. Too bright, or too dim, can
cause eye strain, and might ruin the comfortable mood.
Instead of using fixed intensity for lighting, you can use
adjustable ones that can be used for different purposes.
The Blend Of Artificial And Natural Lighting
In truth, there are two kinds of lighting for your living
room: natural and artificial. Natural lighting comes from
outdoor lights during the day. It can be enhanced with
proper windows, curtains, and so on. Artificial lighting
is electric in nature provided by appliances.
Natural lighting in the living room can be achieved
through placement of windows, doorways, skylights, and
more. If you want to adjust natural lights coming into
your living room, you can use curtains and window tints to
achieve the most comfortable natural lighting for you.
Most often the case, natural lights can be cumbersome in
watching TV or any home entertainment system, so it’s best
to place your TV or monitor away from them.
Artificial lighting can vary in both quantity and quality.
This depends on the kind of light you chose to place in
your living room. Instead of placing only one light source
in the middle of the room, you can use your creativity and
utilize various lighting available today; such as recessed
lighting, down (dim) lights, table or reading lamps, wall
lamps, and so on. You can even utilized chandeliers with
lighting controls so that you can control the atmosphere
of your room.
Planning Is The Key
Advance planning plays an important role in setting up
different lighting for various areas of your living room.
If it is a combination of a sitting room and home theatre,
then it is necessary to provide light controls that will
fit the activity.
For example, reading does not require bright lights, since
the light will be refracted off the page and might cause
eyestrain. You can place a desk light, or a lampshade,
besides your couch or lounge chair to provide adequate
lighting. If not, you can incorporate lighting controls so
that you can set the brightness to the most comfortable
one for you.
As with the case of home theatre, lighting control is very
important. If you are using video projectors or low-light
intensity monitors, then you have to use the proper
lighting for quality viewing. Also, being able to adjust
the lighting can set the mood depending on the movies you
plan to watch. If you are enjoying a horror flick, dim
lighting would set the mood just right.
Proper lighting for your living room is necessary
considering its importance in your family circle. The
perfect lighting will create the best mood in any
activity, thus improving the overall functionality of the