Bedroom lights can affect your emotional responses and moods, changing them from cheerful to romantic and intimate with the flicker of a switch. To influence your mood positively without compromising on the amount of light is not a Herculean task anymore. With a plethora of lighting options available, you can easily choose the kind of lighting fixtures, and the settings you want with them.

Designers today are suggesting homeowners go in for a layered lighting in bedrooms. This includes a combination of ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

Bedroom Lights Option #1: Ambient Lighting

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Though the purpose of this is to light up the entire bedroom, it should not be too harsh or too bright. Lights in a bedroom at all points of time should be soft and warm, creating a relaxing ambience. Reds and oranges are warm colors that infuse cheer and warmth in a room. Also, matching the colour of the lights with that of the room enhances the overall effect.

Bedroom Lights Option #2: Accent Lighting

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For highlighting an artwork, sculpture, or even the texture on a wall, you can use accent lights which will also shift your mood to a more intimate or romantic one. Warm lights generally are kinder on a person’s face, giving it a soft look. Thus, it’s perfect for your personal moments in the bedroom.

However, you need to ensure that the lighting source is well hidden or covered to draw attention only to the area being highlighted. Accent lighting can also be done through lamps placed at corners.

Bedroom Lights Option #3: Task Lighting

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Task lighting is the one that sets the theme for your pre-bedtime ritual. This can either be reading or watching your favorite soap on the telly. The purpose of this one is to seamlessly ease you into a state of slumber or relaxation from an alert state. If you want to read, a warm bedside level lamp with sufficient warm light is just the perfect solution. If you are watching TV or lying in bed listening to some music, lights that illuminate only the flooring will suit the mood. These fixtures are generally placed behind the bed. Another option is to have them inside wooden panels that form the skirting of the room. You can also have lights within a wardrobe or guiding your way to the bathroom, which is motion-activated!

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You wouldn’t want to be blinded by harsh lights when you get up for your midnight nature’s call. Having motion detectors that give soft light just enough to make you see the way work best for the night.

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— editor@livspace.com