Most of us use our bedrooms for more than just sleeping. Bedrooms often serve double duty as a home office, dressing room and relaxing sanctuary. For this reason illuminating a bedroom typically requires a mixture of different bedroom lighting fixtures.
For reading and other bedtime tasks a table lamp, wall sconce light or swing-arm light fixture at bedside can provide the ideal level of light without casting shadows or creating glare. Couples should plan for individually controlled lights on both sides of the bed.
All-purpose bedroom lighting is best provided by flush or semi-flush ceiling fixtures or if the ceiling height and room size permits even a chandelier. In bedrooms overhead lighting fixtures are often supplemented with up-light floor lamps and torchieres that illuminate dark corners. By wiring the overhead bedroom lights and the up-light floor lamps separately, you can have some or all of them on at one time. With the addition of dimmer controls to this configuration, the lighting levels can be adjusted to suit different moods and tasks.
Most importantly remember to consider the bedroom size and layout before committing to your lighting design. While your bed may be the roomís focal point, bedside wall sconces would be a poor choice if you ever change the bed location sometime in the future. A hanging ceiling light or chandelier may look spectacular in the lighting showroom, but itís close proximity to your bed in a small bedroom or its low hanging height in a bedroom with low ceilings can make a semi-flush ceiling light much more appealing and practical.