Bedroom lighting can often be an afterthought when it comes to redecorating your child’s room however it can be just as important as furniture and colour scheme. Good and well-placed lighting can have many benefits in terms of style, practicality and health. Letting in as much natural light as possible should be a priority as daylight helps to regulate the sleep cycle; something which is key in ensuring children get the best night’s sleep possible. Where natural light is not an option, there are plenty of ways to introduce lighting into the room to make the most of the space. As children use their rooms for a lot more than sleep it is essential to have various lighting techniques to ensure they can use their room for whatever they please. When it comes to lighting a child’s room it is also important to consider things such as safety and practicality, but there are various types of lighting which can serve different purposes, whether that be for studying, reading or relaxing.

Overhead Lighting

Usually the first lighting which will spring to mind is overhead lighting, this is a pretty standard type of lighting for bedrooms and is great for ensuring you can see everything. It is great for playing during the day and providing all over light within the room. There are a few different ways to do overhead lighting and you can vary it in different areas of the room if it is big enough. Spotlights are a very practical way to do overhead lighting and they provide a great amount of light across the bedroom and can either be a statement feature or blend seamlessly into the ceiling. On the other hand, you can use pendant lighting, which can add a fun aspect to the room and light up individual spaces.

Dimmable Bulbs

Dimmable bulbs are a great option for children’s bedrooms, they offer great flexibility in lighting so that lights can be brighter when needed and darker when it comes to bedtime. Gentle lighting as it gets closer to bedtime can help children wind down for bedtime and make the room feel super cosy.

Layered Lighting

Layered lighting works well in all bedrooms, but especially in children’s bedrooms. By having a variety of lighting such as wall lights and table lamps you can create a layered effect and vary the lighting based on the needs of your child or the time of day. Bedside table lamps are great for things such as reading or winding down at night. It is also a good idea to include things such as fairy lights which can make the room feel extra cosy when used as the only lighting; use it to create a cosy relaxation area or den.

You can get creative with layered lighting; there are plenty of imaginative designs when it comes to lampshades and wall lights.

Night Lights

Some children prefer not to sleep in an entirely dark bedroom; so, it is advisable to get them a night light. Specifically, designed night lights have much warmer bulbs than standard lighting and are safe enough to be left on overnight.

Task Lighting

Children do a lot in their rooms such as studying and reading so it is important to have the right lighting for this. Task lighting is essential for this purpose. If they have a desk it is a great place to have a brighter desk or reading lamp. These tend to be a brighter bulb to allow for better concentration. Make sure these are switched off closer to bedtime as they can impact sleep.

When it comes to bedroom lighting for children it is important to consider safety; wherever possible look to use low watt or LED bulbs as these don’t get as hot as other bulbs. This is especially important with night lights.

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