How to get the light right in your bedroom

Bedroom lighting can make all the difference to how well you sleep and how well you wake up, which can, in turn, affect the rest of your day. It can also alter how well you get dressed and do your hair and make-up. It is something that needs to be planned with care and attention.


The trick to good bedroom lighting is to ensure you have plenty of options. At different times of day, you will want different lighting combinations. You need to plan your lighting to be flexible.

How you do this will depend on your budget and how much you enjoy tech. A simple solution is to have a variety of ceiling, wall and table lights that you can switch on and off as required. A more advanced version is to install dimmers on some of the switches. If you really like things to be perfect at the touch of a button, then you can install systems that have pre-programmed settings for different lights in the room.

You will need an electrician to install automatic systems. If you are installing dimmer switches yourself, please take note of what you can and can’t do, as not all light fittings or light bulbs are suitable for dimmer switches. Ask an electrician unless you are confident.

Try before you buy

Before you install new light fittings, or new lamps, ensure you have tested out how they will look from different points in the room. Instead of standing at the doorway looking, try lying on the bed, standing in front of your mirror, looking in your wardrobe to see where the light will be and if it will be too much or not enough.

You don’t want a ceiling light directly above your head as you lie in bed, any more than you want your mirror to be in a dark corner. If you share your bed with someone else, ensure any bedside lights only light up the one side of bed, so as not to disturb the person next to you if you switch it on while they are sleeping.

Reduce any blue light

We now know that blue light can disturb our sleep. If you have any spotlights, or LED lighting near your changing and mirror area, make sure you don’t rely on them for the main light before you sleep.