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Lighting Your Bedroom the Smart Way

May 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Room Lighting

Bedrooms are an area where different lights are required for unique tasks. Some people love to read before they go to sleep, so providing a separately switched task wall light would be a good idea. The best solution would to use wall-mounted lights with adjustable swing arms so that you can position the light onto your reading material. This will also help avoid glare. The light switch would then be best positioned within arm’s length for easy access. The ideal location for the lights would be above the head of the bed because this will reduce possible shadows. If you want to move around at night, a small night light plugged into the wall will suffice.

It isn’t uncommon to find lights in bedroom closets. If you have a smaller closet, it might be best to just use the ambient light in the room. Closet storage areas with clothes should not contain unenclosed incandescent or fluorescent lamps because it would not pass the code inspection. An enclosed wall or ceiling mounted light with incandescent lamps should be used instead. You still need to make sure the light is at least a foot away from the storage area or half a foot if you are using fluorescent lights. Recessed lights must also be at a minimum six inches away from the storage area. If you tend to leave your closet light on it might be a good idea to put the lights on a timer. Make sure to mount your lights in places that will not interfere with items that you are placing on shelve. It is best to place lights on the opposite wall or near the ceiling instead of right above the storage shelf. This blog also has some good ideas for lighting other rooms in your home.

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