Living Room Lighting

Ideas for a Proper Atmosphere

Tilt pendant lamp with golden shade by Nyta

Watching television in atmospheric lighting, receiving guests or reading a good book - the living room is used in a lot of different ways. The demands on living room lighting are correspondingly high. In addition, only a variety of light sources give a room and its furniture structure and atmosphere. The magic word is accent lighting! With our tips you put your living room in the right light! Which aspects to keep in mind? To keep it short: Luminous flux, light color and the right living room lamps. If you want to know more about any of these points, keep on reading.

Atmospheric Lighting in the Living Room - What to Consider when Buying a Living Room Lamp:

1. Living Room Ceiling Lights: the Foundation of Living Room Lighting
2. Creating More Light Sources and Setting Accents
3. Lighting Design with the Right Light Bulbs
4. Indirect Lighting in the Living Room
5. An Overview of Living Room Lighting

A living room of 20 square meters on average should have three to five light sources, depending on the room layout. First things first: Start with the basic lighting!

Carronade series by Le Klint
Louis Poulsen - PH 4/3 Table Lamp
Flos - IC Floor Lamp, brass

Living Room Ceiling Lights: the Foundation of Living Room Lighting

Basic brightness is provided by spotlights, ceiling lights and pendant lighting. Spotlights and flat ceiling lights can be placed in the middle of the room or all over the ceiling. Pendant lighting has its place above the coffee table: this way they are presented best and the table prevents you or your guests from bumping your / their head against the light. When you're using spotlights you should always use a dimmer. Only then the light can be adjusted accordingly to your your mood.

Extra soft and diffused light

Our ceiling lights recommodations: - Reef ceiling lamp in white
Foscarini - Caboche ceiling lamp, transparent
Artemide - Empatia 26 Soffitto LED Ceiling Lamp, white
Artemide - Droplet Soffitto LED Ceiling Lamp, chrome / aluminium grey
EOS Up Ceiling and Wall Lamp by Umage in Cream
Artemide - Teti Wall and Ceiling Luminaire, anthracite
Flos - Moni 2 Ceiling Lamp
Annex Ceiling Lamp

Your living room lighting does not have to be direct lighting. A diffuser scatters the light and distributes it evenly throughout the room. Diffused light is softer and therefore looks more comfortable. For example, the Glo-Ball Pendant Lamp by Flos works with such a diffuser: Its opal glass lampshade breaks the light and spreads it evenly across the room.

Especially pendant lights can be an eye-catcher. Depending on their shape, color and material, you will give your room a completely different look. Umage's Eos and Silvia add a touch of romance, while pendant lights by Tom Dixon are characterized by elegant metal and industrial charm. Whichever living room lighting you choose: the most important thing is to use one that you suits your aesthetics.

Pendant Light from Christiansen
Cast pendant luminaire from Menu
Klein & More - Snowflower - living room

Creating More Light Sources and Setting Accents

One light source is not enough to meet the diverse requirements of a living room. You can set accents with living room table lamps, floor lamps and wall lights. Our tip: Create a reading nook: floor lamps often can be adjusted individually through flexible joints and thus provide you with enough light for reading. A downwardly open lampshade concentrates the light and focuses it in the direction of the book. Again, use a dimmer, so you can vary the light intensity depending on the time of day. Avoid strong light contrasts when reading and create a sufficient basic brightness, so your eyes do not tire too quickly.

Our reading nook product recommendations:

Design House Stockholm - Cord Lamp in black
Louis Poulsen - AJ Floor Lamp by Louis Poulsen in black
Absolut Lighting - Floor and Reading Lamp sensor dimmer
frauMaier - Slimsophie Floor Lamp LED white
Design House Stockholm - Mañana Lamp, black

Wall lights create a special atmosphere: with their punctual light they provide an interesting interplay of light and shadow. This is enhanced when you combine them with mirrors. Small, dark rooms appear larger and brighter. Larger rooms with large walls are highlighted and seem less empty. Pictures, sculptures, shelves and showcases can also be staged with wall lights or ceiling spotlights.

Our wall lighting product tips:

Ingo Maurer - Lucellino NT wall lamp
Rise Wall Lamp by Normann Copenhagen in White
EOS Up Ceiling and Wall Lamp by Umage in Cream
Caravaggio wall lamp Read by Fritz Hansen in matt white
Artemide Mesmeri wall lamp

Like wall lamps, table lamps create accent lighting. On the windowsill, on a sideboard, on shelves or on a side table: a table lamp is not only a light source, but also a decorative element. For this reason, it highlights your furniture in a noticeable manner.

Pulpo - Oda lamp small

Our table lamp product tips:

Kartell - Bourgie, copper
Artemide - Empatia 26 Tavolo LED Table Lamp, white
Wagenfeld lamp WG 24 with clear glass base by Tecnolumen

When you buy lamps, make sure your light sources match each other visually. This does not mean that all of your lighting must come from the same collection or brand. However, they should not outshine each other. If your pendant is already pompous, all other lights should stay discreetly in the background. On the other hand, if you work with small spotlights and discreet wall lights, there are no limits to the choice of your table lamp. To sum it up: always keep the rest of your living room in mind.

The lights near the TV should be dimmable to avoid disturbing reflections on the screen. For basic brightness use indirect wall lighting or dimmable living room ceiling lights. This way you guarantee, that there are no great differences in brightness between the screen and the room and your eyes are not getting tired as easily.

Lighting Design with the Right Light Bulbs

Have the environment and your wallet in mind, when choosing the right light source for your living room lighting. LED is quite expensive yet has the longest durability among all light bulbs. In addition to that, LED lights don't need as much electricity and have therefore way lower electricity costs than regular. The modern light bulbs are available in different intensities and colors, so that you can easily mimic the warm light of a classic light bulb. The sockets were also adapted during the development process so that LEDs can also be screwed into the usual E27 and E14 sockets of classic lamps. In addition to your choice of living room lamps, the light bulb in them especially determine the brightness. Your light bulbs are therefore crucial for the atmosphere of a room.

Our LED lights recommodations:

Lantern LED Lamp by Kartell in Smoke Grey
Ray Table Lamp H 40.1 cm by Mater in Black
Mooon! Battery LED Lamp H 40 cm by Fermob in Nutmeg
Dolmen LED Floor Lamp by Foscarini | Connox

Performance of Living Room Lighting in Lumen

Different rooms require different amounts of light. Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, you do not need that much light in your living room. The size of your living room and your furnishing also play a role in its lighting. For example, brightly furnished rooms need less lighting than darker rooms. The unit of measurement lumen (lm) measures the luminous flux and thus the brightness of a light source. Experts recommend 100 lumens per square meter for basic lighting in the living room. This is completed by other lights such as table lamps, indirect wall lighting or floor lamps. With dimmable lights, the lighting conditions can be adjusted as desired.

Smithfield C ceiling lamp by Flo
Gem Table Lamp with dimmer by Foscarini in white

The Right Light Color for Your Living Room

Whether the light of a bulb is yellowish-warm or bluish-cold is described by Kelvin (K), each light color also has a different impact on the human body.

There are three areas:

  • < 3,300 Kelvin: warm white light, soothing & relaxing
  • 3,300 - 5,300 Kelvin: neutral white light, activating
  • > 5,300 Kelvin: daylight white, supporting concentration

Muuto - Fluid Pendant LightOur recommendations for you:Pendant LightingView now!

While a light color above 5,300 Kelvin supports concentration, color temperatures of up to 3,300 Kelvin are soothing. Lamps with this light color shine like classic light bulbs and remind of sunlight in the evening. Warm light is therefore evolutionarily linked to our internal clock and announces the recovery phase. It exudes coziness and is thus perfectly suitable for the living room. Of course, the color temperature is above all a matter of taste. Even with neutral white light, a living room can be adequately illuminated. However, especially for the reading corner, a lamp with more than 5,300 Kelvin is recommended.

Our warm white light product tips: the LED Superstar Classic A by Osram, the Energy saving lamp 001 by Plumen,which was the first designer energy saving bulb worldwide, and the Parathom Classic P25 LED bulb by Osram.

Plumen - energy saving lamp 001
Adjustable LED wall lamp by FontanaArte in copper/copper LED
Formakami JH18 Table Lamp by &Tradition

Indirect Lighting in the Living Room

Direct light creates focused brightness and sets certain pieces of furniture and room areas in scene, indirect light ensures coziness and a good mood. Here the light source is hidden and gently shines across the room. Luminaires and LED strips in wall or ceiling niches and behind furniture are modern and decorative. Apart from that, there are a variety of lights, with which you can illuminate your living room indirectly - entirely without manual effort. The Italian manufacturer Flos offers a variety of ceiling spotlights, which are reminiscent of floor lamps and illuminate the ceiling from below. This throws the light back into the room. One example is the Moni Ceiling Light by Flos: The light is reflected from the diffuser to the ceiling and broken by a special cast-iron support plate, creating radial, geometric patterns reflect the ceiling. Another plus: When radiated, ceilings look higher.

Atmosphere image of the Flos Mayday in the living room

Please note however: Indirect lighting provides shade, creating a diffused spatial impression. For strenous visual tasks such as reading and writing you need direct light.

An Overview of Living Room Lighting

  • Three to five light sources for an average of 20 square meters
  • 100 lumens per square meter for basic lighting
  • diffused, indirect light for comfort, direct light for reading
  • Avoid contrasts in brightness
  • Warm white light for a relaxed atmosphere in the living room
  • Dimmers adjust the light intensity as desired
  • Direct the lighting towards the most common viewing direction to avoid glare
  • During assembly keep cables, flexible busbars and rod systems in mind

Article from the 2015-09-10

Tags: LED Ceiling Lights, LED Wall Lamps
All articles from this category Guide

Similar Posts


More topics

Related rooms