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How to Select the Right Lighting for Every Room

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Every room in your house serves a different purpose. It’s only fitting that you consider appropriate lighting according to the activities that take place in a particular home space. This way, you can enrich each room setting – both aesthetically and functionally – by implementing the right lighting.

Lighting has a huge impact on any space. The right lighting can make you feel productive or relaxed, but more than that, there’s function. There are specific types of lighting that serve a certain purpose. When it comes to your home, make sure to pick the right type.

In general, lighting function falls into any of these three categories:

  • Ambient lighting – is the overall lighting of a room. It’s considered like natural light that illuminates every part of the room. This may include pendant lights, track lighting, wall sconces and chandeliers.
  • Accent lighting – draws attention to a particular area such as a priceless work of art. It tends to create a shadow around the illuminated object to give a dramatic effect. Examples of this include landscape lights and wall lights.
  • Task lighting – illuminates a workspace. You need this lighting to be brighter than ambient lighting so that the contrast will focus the light in a specific area. Common task lighting options include under-cabinet kitchen lights and desk lamps.

To properly light the rooms in your house, you must first consider the function of each space. Then, create a purpose-driven environment for every room by following these tips:

Living Room

Since the living room is a multi-purpose space, you will want layered lighting in addition to ambient lighting.

Unlike other rooms in your home, the living room is the area where you watch television, read, and hold conversations. This means the lighting in this space needs a more diverse approach that a large pendant light and a chandelier may be able to take care of.

Layering lights mean you’ll be working with various levels and intensities of illumination.

Other than having a chandelier, if you want to highlight a specific piece in the room such as an artwork, installing LED spotlights will do the trick. However, make sure that you have full control of each layer of light by using dimmers.


As one of the most functional areas in your home, your kitchen needs clear and well-lit counters. This will require general ambient lighting from LED panel lights as well as lower task lighting to brighten areas where you prepare food. The sink is also a great spot for task lighting.

Consider under-cabinet lighting to help illuminate your workspaces. An under-cabinet lighting system will ensure that all areas are lit and prevent shadows from being cast on mixers, knives, the food processor and other cooking tools.

Dining Room

Complement your well-prepared meals with an eye-catching light fixture that gives off warm ambient light and adds an ornamental flair. For the space where you host delicious dinners, a decorative chandelier is the best choice.

For dinner parties, wall-mounted sconces can also give off a wonderful glow in your dining room in the evening.


Task lighting on nightstands is a common practice in bedrooms.

However, you may want to angle ambient light away from the bed and towards your dressing area for better, sound sleep. If you love to read in bed, layer some articulated sconces on your headboard for a reading light pool.

It would be difficult to sleep at night with bright lights fawning over your face. As always, don’t forget to place light dimmers in your bedroom, too.


This can be quite tricky as you’ll want task lighting around your mirror and an overhead task light to minimize shadows.

Consider lighting your bathroom mirror on either side, then make use of an overhead light to illuminate the entire room.

Beyond hygienic considerations, a good amount of adjustable ambient light from wall sconces and bath bars will help in you seeing the best version of yourself.

Choose and light up

Identifying the purpose of a room should be your first step when selecting the right lighting.

Doing so will help you maximize the function and appearance of any space while making sure every area is well-lit.

If you want to save on electricity and do a favor for the environment, consider taking advantage of LED technology to beautifully illuminate your home.


Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.