Lighting tips for living rooms and dining rooms

Light your dining room right with these tips from Philips Lighting.

Living rooms

The living room is the heart of the household. It is multifunctional and used for various activities. Your living room is a place where friends and family gather to relax and interact, and lighting the living room should reflect these diverse activities.

• To make a small room bigger, combine light with mirrors and reflective surfaces to increase the illusion of space.
• A feature wall immediate to the entry of your home creates an instant focus point, and installing ceiling fixtures like downlights above this helps accentuate this area.
• Special possessions, like your favorite painting, can be accentuated with spots or picture lights. Mount these on above the frame to spread a beam of bright light across the face of the painting.
• Wall-mounted light fixtures should be above eye level to avoid glare in the eyes. They should also be flat, without being more than 4 inches from the wall.
• Opt for uniform cove lighting or decor lights with diffusing covers for extra general lighting.
• Allow natural light to flow in from your windows without hindrance. It should have a straight path to your sitting area to help illuminate the home well during the day.

Dining rooms

The dining room is where some of our best memories take place. Whether it’s a romantic candlelit dinner with our partner, a reunion or festive dinner with the family, these memories are filled with good food and company. Needless to say, the dining room is an important area of bonding, and it’s important to make this part of the home welcoming, inviting and comfortable.

• If your dining table is rectangular, try a row of three pendant lights. For a round table, use a group of pendants with varying height for texture.
• All fixtures should be suspended about 30 inches above the table. However, if it has an open shade and bare bulbs, it should be suspended as high as possible to avoid glare on the diner’s eyes.
• The diameter of a pendant should be a foot shorter than the table below it.
• Opt for a dimmer switch for your dining room fixtures, so you can change the light level if the need arises. Placing a large mirror opposite dining table will make the dining room look bigger.

What is the best way to light my living room?

Living rooms need flexibility, which can be achieved through different light combinations. Start with practical general lighting that can be dimmed or brightened as desired.
Supplement this with adjustable light points, such as behind the sofa or reading lights on the walls.

What is the best way to light up a painting?

It’s best to light a painting or a photograph from the ceiling with a directional spotlight. LEDS are the best bulbs for this as they do not emit harmful UV rays that can degrade materials or fade paints and dyes.

What is the best light to watch TV by?

It’s best to watch TV with moderate, ambient lighting. If the lighting is too dark, the contrast is too strong which can cause eye strain, too bright and the TV screen will be washed out, making it difficult to watch.

How can I light my living room to make it look bigger?

Light up the walls and you will maximise the space in your room at night time. This is best done with lights placed in the ceiling along the wall pointing downwards.

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