The lighting takes on important tasks in every living room. It not only ensures that we can see well regardless of whether it is bright as day. When used correctly, the living room lighting can also focus on beautiful things, move less worth seeing into the background, and even change room proportions.
But living room light also has an impact on our health and well-being. It is responsible for how we unconsciously perceive the room and whether we strain or spare our eyes while watching TV, working, and reading.
So I advise you: stop being satisfied with the ceiling lamp in the middle of the room. Make more of your living room lighting!
More questions will be answered in this article about how to best distribute the different light sources in the room, make a small living room look more extensive with the help of lighting, illuminate the dining area in the living room, and perfect living room lighting.
I am always happy to take one or the other suggestion from the article with you and implement it at home.
Lighting in The Living Room: Lamps & Lights
Which Lamp Mix Should Be Found in A Modern, Comfortably Designed Living Room?
Let’s just assume that the living room is not under construction or renovation. Then we would recommend installing main lighting (primary lighting), which should initially only make the room “bright.” It is there that you can, e.g., B. has enough light when looking for something in the room or want to read something underneath.
However, to make a living room cozy, it is important to distribute around 5 – 8 different light sources in the room (the number of lights depends on the room’s size). This additional lighting is often called “secondary lighting” or, depending on the direction of light or effect, “indirect” or “accent lighting.” These can be a wall, table, and floor lamps or the trendy LED light strips. Cabinet lighting or picture lights can also be good secondary lighting. That brings us to the next question:
What Is the Best Way to Distribute the Light Sources Over the Room?
If the primary lighting hangs on the ceiling in the middle of the room, you have to make sure that, e.g., For example, enough light falls on the table in the adjoining dining area so that a desk corner is adequately lit and a floor lamp is placed on the sofa (if you like to read books).
Also, table lamps produce, e.g., B. a harmonious mood lighting on side tables or window sills. But LED strips under a sofa, under a ledge, or behind the media wall can also be used as indirect lighting.
It would be important that you try to stay with the same light color in a living room, provided that the lights are switched together. We will clarify this briefly. There is nothing wrong with using a brighter light color in the dining and work area (> 3,000K). In the case of lighting, which is supposed to create a mood in the evening and which are often operated together (table lamp with LED light strips, or wall lamp with cabinet lighting), it is advisable if the lamps have the same light colors or can be dimmed to the same extent.
What Influence Do the Color, Size, and Shape of Lampshades Have on The Quality of Light?
A lampshade generally absorbs some of the light output or directs the light upwards or downwards. For accent lighting, however, it is precisely these table or floor lamps that create a pleasant scene (since the eye is not dazzled).
As far as color, size or shape is concerned, your own taste ultimately decides. It is only important to have a reading lamp or work lighting z. For example, there should be directed light at the desk or in the dining area (e.g., adjustable or controllable).
Lighting in The Living Room: Light & Space
What Should You Watch out For when Lighting a Dark Living Room?
Dark furniture or dark ceilings, walls, and floors always absorb a lot of light. Small windows can also create this effect. It is difficult to give general advice without a floor plan or photo.
If you have built-in lights and you feel the room is too dark, you can adjust the brightness with more powerful light sources and, if necessary, a suitable transformer. If you have the feeling that your primary lighting is too dark, we recommend using stronger lamps (please check the suitability of the socket/lamp).
It is essential to install several secondary lights in dark rooms so that the room is given more structure and brightness through the lamps’ distribution.
What Is Important When It Comes to Lighting Living Rooms in Old Buildings, i.e., Living Rooms with High Ceilings?
High ceilings are a wonderful thing. This gives you a large selection of possible lights.
Pendant lights, in particular, often have standard cable lengths of 80 – 150 cm. Only then does the lampshade begin, and depending on how big it is, such a lamp can quickly reach a total of 1.80 – 2 meters.
If we assume a ceiling height of 3 meters, this lamp now hangs at the height of 1 meter … 😊 You can see that a pendant lamp must i. d. As a rule, they are always shortened, and those who have high ceilings can be happy because larger lampshades with a diameter of over 40 cm need a high ceiling to look good.
The rule of thumb could be that the cable should be at least 1 1/2 times as long as the lamp body. In high ceilings, it should also be noted that simple ceiling lights with a diameter of less than 30 cm often appear lost and do not generate enough brightness for primary lighting (depending on the model). High ceilings can handle larger and expansive lights. Cable and rail systems can also be useful here, as the light sources can be individually aligned with the room.
What Should You Watch out For when Lighting Living Rooms with Sloping Ceilings?
If possible, the lighting should be installed in a “straight” position, as it is difficult, especially with pendant lights, to predict in advance how the light will actually hang later.
That may not be that important with spherical lights. With all other umbrellas, however, a “tilt” could quickly arise. If the roof structure is only up to approx. 2.8 meters high, a rail system or several surface-mounted or recessed spotlights could be a good solution. If you have open beams, you can also install beautiful indirect lighting on these bars with LED strips.
How do you properly light living rooms with a low ceiling?
Try to find lights whose suspension is not too high and more expansive in width and length. Narrow luminaires with several spotlights can be the right choice, such as surface-mounted luminaires whose cables can be painted over.
The size of the room is always important. The spotlight solution can be sufficient for a small room, and for larger rooms over 25-30m², it is better, especially with low ceilings, to have several flat light sources on the ceiling. The impression of low ceilings can also be weakened using wall lights with vertical light.
What Does the Optimal Lighting of Large Living Rooms Look Like?
Anyone who can design a large living room on the drawing board plans wall outlets for wall lighting at regular intervals, equips their suspended ceiling with dimmable built-in lights, plans sockets for light in every corner of the room, and, after furnishing, places suitable floor and table lamps as mentioned above in the necessary places.
In large rooms, it is important to distribute light sources to create so-called light islands to give the room more structure.
How Can You Make Small Living Rooms Look Bigger with The Right Lighting?
Small rooms can handle just as many light sources as large rooms, but often there is not enough space for them. Furniture with integrated lighting can be a good alternative to secondary lighting—for example, a living room cabinet with illuminated glass shelves or a sofa with indirect lighting underneath.
Nevertheless, good primary lighting must always be ensured. In principle, the same rule applies here as for low ceilings. Try to find a luminaire that can illuminate the room well through its projection and multiple light sources. A dimmable solution would be ideal, as the primary lighting can also create ambient light via a dimmer. The following applies to all rooms – but especially here, keep a reasonable distance from the walls.
Living Room Lighting & Furnishings
What Does the Perfect Reading Light Look Like?
A reading light must, in principle, be referred to as a work light, as it should relieve the eyes during this activity. The best work light is still daylight. Working and reading in the open air would be ideal.
Make sure that as much daylight as possible falls on the work surface. When writing and working on the PC, it should ideally fall from the non-writing side onto the workplace to minimize shadows. This also applies to a reading lamp. It should be beaming over your shoulder over the book.
The light emitted by a fixture or lamp has its own color. The so-called “light color” or rather “color temperature.” The unit of measure used to measure this color temperature is Kelvin. Light colors below 2800 Kelvin are extra warm white. It is called warm white between 2800-3300 Kelvin and neutral white between 3300-5300 Kelvin, and cool white or daylight white above 5300 Kelvin.
Light colors of up to 3300K are often sufficient for reading – but of course, it also depends on your individual visual performance and your perception of brightness. When it comes to brightness, make sure that your reading light has more than too few lumens. A previous reading light often had around 35 watts. This corresponds to a lumen value of approximately 250 – 400 lumens. Your personal perception of brightness is decisive for the choice of the light source. If possible, test it beforehand in a furniture or specialist shop.
What Is the Best Way to Illuminate the Couch Area?
In the case of a couch landscape, it is advisable to place at least one-floor lamp or reading lamp. A small table lamp could also set the mood on a side table. Indirect lighting under the couch would also be conceivable. Please do not use a low-hanging pendant lamp above the coffee table. On the one hand, it usually hangs in the field of vision of the television, and, on the other hand, it is often in the way, and you hit your head.
What Is the Best Way to Illuminate a Dining Area Integrated Into the Living Room?
Depending on its size, a dining area can be given a pendant light with dimmable LED technology. It is good to choose an elongated variant that matches the table shape (with a round table, it can, of course, also be a round pendant lamp) to illuminate the table really well.
The pendulum hangs approx—80 cm above the tabletop. Depending on the model, this has to be adjusted. The most important criterion here: the light should not dazzle the guests, but neither should it be placed in the field of vision of the person opposite.
Of course, several single pendulums would also be conceivable to illuminate the tabletop. If you don’t have enough connections for this – there are now reasonably good solutions when you need more connections. But they are all surface-mounted solutions.
If you want to be flexible with pendant lights’ height adjustment, choose an adjustable variant in height. Experience shows, however, that the lights are very rarely touched and adjusted again after installation. Once you have found the right height, it usually stays that way.
In Times of Home Cinema & Home Entertainment: How Do You Design the Optimal Lighting for The Television?
It is important to relieve the strain on the eyes to ensure that the light from the television is not the only source of light in the room. While watching TV, z. B. in the media wall or behind the television set a second, brighter lighting. A table lamp near the TV furniture can also have relief or a ceiling wash light, which you can dim down in brightness.
How Can Pictures Be Illuminated in A Modern Way?
(Picture lighting is out-of-fashion, that’s why we have disregarded it (note one answer) 😉)