How would you rate the lighting in your living room? Is it dark, moderately light, or bright? If you said dark or moderate, we have some tips to help you increase the lighting in your living room. Best of all, these six suggestions are easy, affordable, and will take just a few minutes to set up. Let’s dive in!
Why is Lighting Important?
The light fixtures and natural light in your living room impact the way you see color in your home. Just look at your walls in your living room during the day compared to night time. They appear to change color because of the different light sources you use throughout the day. Keep reading to learn how different types of lighting impacts the energy efficiency and color of your home.
Types of Lighting
Did you know different types of lighting impacts the color of your room? From the size of the light bulb to the shape and angle of the light fixture, there are so many factors that can impact the quality of light in your room. But, first things first, let’s cover the four common types of light bulbs.
In simple terms, incandescent light is white light produced by heating filament inside a light bulb. Think Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Compared to other types of bulbs, these are older and less energy efficient. They emit a warm light which can look like a slightly yellow hue. These lights last approximately one year. Incandescent lights have decreased in popularity since newer varieties have surfaced over the decades.
Halogen lights are a step up from incandescent lights when it comes to energy efficiency. They emit a warm light that’s slightly whiter and brighter than incandescent lights. Halogen lights are a step in the right direction if you want a more energy-efficient option than incandescent lights with a warm, soft glow. These lights last approximately one to three years.
You might notice fluorescent lights are often referred to as CFL or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. These lights have changed the game for long-lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs. CFL lights offer great energy savings and bright, white light. These light bulbs last approximately 6 to 10 years.
If you want the brightest and most energy-efficient residential lighting, you can’t go wrong with LED. You might be familiar with the vivid colors available for exterior string lights around the holidays. You can also purchase LED lights that are fit for the interior of your home. These cool white lights use minimal energy and last 15 to 25 years. You could notice a dramatic difference in your energy bills if you swap all your lights to LED.
Now that you know a little bit about your different light bulb options, you can choose the light temperature and energy efficiency that work best for you. It’s also important to consider the size and angle of your light fixtures. Recessed lighting in a vaulted ceiling might not offer the same brightness as the same size bulb in a table lamp due to proximity. Additionally, a crisp white color might look too sterile in your living room. Play around with different light bulb options to find out what’s best for you.
6 Easy Ways to Transform the Lighting in Your Living Room
There’s much more the lighting than different types of light bulbs. Follow these six simple tricks to improve the lighting in your living room:
- Add table lamps to your side tables. It’s easy to add another light source by plugging in a chic table lamp. Tall or short, wide or skinny, a table lamp is a great accessory for all living rooms. Find a lamp that matches your personality. Click here to browse our designer table lamps.
- Place a floor lamp in a dark corner. Just like table lamps, floor lamps are a simplistic way to add light and style to your living room. Stick a simple floor lamp in a corner that needs more lighting or use a bold-framed floor lamp as an art piece and light source in the middle of the room near a chair or sofa. Best of all, floor lamps draw the eye up to make your walls appear tall. Check out our floor lamp options here.
- Swap your dark blinds for white or cream. If you have dark blinds, they’re probably limiting the amount of natural light you get in your living room, especially if your room isn’t on the sunny side of the house. Consider swapping dark blinds for a white or cream option to let in more light without compromising privacy.
- Add light or transparent curtains. Sheer drapes are a beautiful way to soften a window without limiting the amount of natural light that comes into your living room. Plus, transparent curtains are easy to layer to create your own unique look.
- Change your light bulbs to energy-efficient models. We’ve already talked about the different types of light bulbs you can choose. When you upgrade to a cool white bulb such as CFL or LED, you’ll notice how your living room is dramatically brighter than it was before you made the switch.
- Incorporate a large mirror in your living room. Increase lighting in your home without touching the light fixtures or natural light. Use a large mirror or arrangement of mirrors to reflect light around the room. This is also an age-old trick that’s great for making a room appear larger.
It’s so easy to make a stuffy living room appear bright and airy. Whether you only have one window or your lamps are dim, follow these simple adjustments to add the perfect amount of lighting to your living room.
Need a Lamp?
American Freight Furniture and Mattress has a great selection of accessories like table lamps and floor lamps. Click here to browse our latest inventory. You can also visit your local store to shop for all your furniture and mattress needs. We offer payment plans for $50, same-day delivery for all in-stock items, and free layaway for up to 24 months.
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