Best Bedroom Lighting Ideas for Relaxation, Style, and Function

Best Bedroom Lighting Ideas for Relaxation, Style, and Function

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Out of every room at home, the bedroom is where we tend to spend the most time for sleep, work, relaxing, and other various tasks. Because of this, it is essential for every bedroom to have lighting that promotes a comfortable and relaxing environment for quality sleep while also having functional lighting to handle our day-to-day tasks. It can be tricky to find the best bedroom lighting for all our needs, however, using the right balance and combination of different light sources makes it possible. In this article, we will cover the best lighting ideas for promoting relaxation, style, and function in any bedroom!

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Lighting Temperature and Intensity

Bedroom reading light


The quality and intensity of your bedroom reading lights may work for you; however, it may not be the ideal setting for your roommate. Since everybody has different eyes, preferences, and health conditions, the best room lighting and lamps will depend on the individual, their age, mood, and the time of day. It is most important to prioritize relaxation and comfort for a bedroom as the place we will sleep and rest, then we can aim to add style and function after.

You'll want to consider the intensity of your bedroom lighting depending on the time of day and your mood. Too much light can be overwhelming and make it difficult to relax, while too little light can make it hard to see. Cooler colors like blue and white can help create a more energized space if you were working from home in your bedroom. Avoid high levels of brightness over 3000 Kelvin when it is nearly time for sleep as this can disrupt your sleep pattern. The proper light temperature for everyone can vary, however, warmer colors like yellow and orange are usually better for creating a cozy atmosphere when it is approaching bedtime.

Types Of Lighting



The different activities we do in our bedroom need different types of lighting to avoid eye strain or headaches. It is also best to use the most suitable bedroom lighting during the different times of the day to avoid disrupting our sleep patterns. We recommend having a balance of three major sources of lighting:

  • General lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Mood lighting

Usually, it is best to have a combination of all three types of lighting with the option to adjust brightness and color for individual room lighting. Dividing your bedroom into zones can help make the process of layering lighting easier by considering the areas you will have your bed, workstation, vanity mirror, and dressing area.

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General Lighting

Artificial light


General lighting is best for areas you will not spend as much time focused on but will still need to be able to see clearly. This illumination from large light sources indirectly lights up the general area of a spacious room but can sometimes be used as your only source of light in the right brightness and conditions. For general lighting, you'll want to think about what best suits your individual needs for bedroom lighting. Natural light from a window is great for creating a calming atmosphere and can be adjusted using window blinds or curtains, however, it is highly dependent on the sun and weather conditions. Artificial light from ceiling lights is always present and can be used to create a more vibrant and energizing environment.

The size of a bedroom can affect the number of bulbs you’ll need for ceiling lights; however, a good rule of thumb is one or two bulbs for a smaller bedroom and two or three for a larger shared bedroom. In cases where you have a ceiling height shorter than eight feet, a flush mount for ceiling lights is typically recommended. Options such as semi-flush mounts and chandeliers are better for ceilings over nine feet in height. We should also consider if we will want ceiling fans in the future before installing different ceiling lights. In some cases, different models of ceiling fans may also have lighting as part of their features.


Task Lighting

Bedside reading lamp


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Task lighting represents the light that is being pointed at an angle toward your area of focus. Also known as direct lighting, task lighting sources such as bedside reading lamps help reduce eye strain while we are reading, writing, or using our electronic devices in bed. This lighting is best for areas that you will spend the most time focused on such as with your laptop screens, phones, newspapers, and books.

Being small and portable allows for most bedside reading lamps to be placed in a location that is fast and easy to reach while we are in bed. This is especially useful for cases where the switch for a bedroom’s main ceiling light is too far to reach from where the users were resting. Another benefit of table lamps for bedrooms is their ability to help reduce eye fatigue by introducing a properly balanced level of lighting in bed. Eye strain and headaches tend to happen when squinting our eyes to adjust between significantly different lighting levels, such as when we alternate between viewing a room and our phone or laptop screen. This eventually leads to discomfort, fatigue, and an unhappy mood in bed. In cases where your bedroom lighting is too dim, you may trigger your body’s internal clock to experience drowsiness earlier.

Our bedside clip-on LED lamps and clamp-on lamps come with adjustable brightness features so you can have better control of your focus and concentration span. The clamp-on lamps also offer auto timer and eye care lamp features to protect our eyes throughout the day. Sconces are options to consider for small bedrooms that have little to no space available for bedside tables to mount lamps. The option for independently controlled bedside reading lamps or sconces is best for bedrooms that are shared by multiple individuals.


Mood Lighting

Mood light lamp


Mood lighting helps to set the atmosphere to suit your mood during the different hours of your day. If you wake up in the middle of the night and need to take a walk or head to the bathroom, mood light lamps can help you safely navigate your bedroom. This is because they are not too bright so your eyes will not struggle with adjusting to the brightness, and your body’s internal clock will still view the low lighting as a suitable time for sleep.

Mood light lamps such as our RGB mood light lamps are the perfect solution as a stylish and decorative bedroom piece that also serves as ambient lighting. Through our mood light lamps with RGB lights, you can bring your bedroom to a perfectly lit atmosphere and discover a new level of warmth and depth with its 358 different lighting effects! For extra convenience, this model also comes with a remote control so you can enjoy wireless control for up to 10 small bedroom lamps all at once!

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Proper lighting is a critical part of every bedroom for boosting our mood, improving safety, and ensuring we take proper care of our eyes. Having a balance of general lighting, ambient mood lighting, and task lighting enhances all aspects of our overall bedroom experience! Whether you were looking for task lighting, ambient lighting, or advanced smart features for eye care, our range of bedroom lamps has something for everyone!

We hope you found this article helpful and informative, especially if you were looking for bedroom lighting ideas and recommendations! If you have any queries or wish to discuss our adjustable beds further, please do not hesitate in reaching out to us! We are experts in what we do and want to ensure you find the best adjustable bed solutions to meet your needs. | 1-800-828-9381

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