6 lighting tips for every room in your house

No two spaces have the same lighting needs. We have detailed the different types of popular lighting options and how to effectively combine them for each room.

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There is more to home lighting than LED bulbs and fluorescent tubes. A variety of options run the gamut from recessed lights to pendant lights and track lighting. If you are scratching your head over these unfamiliar terms, then today is your lucky day as we have compiled the ultimate guide to help you make the best lighting decision for each room:

Living Room

The living room is the central hub of the home. Used for family get-togethers and entertainment, it calls for great ambience and inviting lighting that should also be functional for activities like movie night, TV dinners, and entertaining guests.

Ceiling Fans With Lights: Some ceiling fans now come with a set of lights that can effectively light up your living room. Although it can’t be used as the room’s sole source of light, it’s a great option if you prefer a more dimly lit setting for instances such as movie night and TV series marathons.

Recessed Lights: Also known as downlights, recessed lights are installed into an opening in the ceiling. These are popular in living rooms with plaster ceiling, where fluorescent bulbs are placed in “houses”, thus not taking up any visual place.


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Depending on the inner baffle used, recessed lights can either reflect light – thus providing bright illumination to the entire space; or they could direct light downward/sideways to highlight a three-dimensional object such as artwork, display cabinet or even your TV nook. 

Floor Lamp: If you have an expansive living space that oftentimes only require lighting for a specific area (like your reading corner), then floor lamps and tables lamps would be the go-to choice. These will create a cozy atmosphere aside from helping you reduce your monthly electricity bill.

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The living room may be the hub for get-togethers but the kitchen is the heart of the home. Family and friends alike will usually gather for a spot of good food and mingling. Therefore, this space should be equipped with both work and ambient lighting.

Track Lighting: Track lighting is ideal for work surfaces as it provides focused lighting – interchangeable light fixtures are mounted on a track-device as shown below:


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The biggest advantage of track lighting is its flexibility. The adjustable heads allow you to set and adjust your lights exactly where you want them to fall, whether above the kitchen island, stove or sink.

Pendant Lights: Lone light fixture which usually hangs from the ceiling from a cord or metal chain. If you have an island at the centre of your kitchen or a breakfast top, pendant lights are perfect to add a bit of extra personality or design flair to the kitchen.


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Dining Room

Another important communal room is the dining area. Sitting around the dining space and having a meal requires proper lighting. We suggest you go the extra mile and opt for warm lights and dimmers that can be adjusted to set the atmosphere to your liking!

Chandelier: Dining rooms are the perfect spot for chandeliers! Whether your choice is classic or modern chandeliers, they give the room a serious style upgrade. A note to consider when installing chandeliers: make sure the base is at least 30 – 35 inches away from the surface of the table.

Recessed Lights: Install these at the edges of the wall to act as a perimeter around the chandelier. Recessed lights are added to brighten a space when needed and make for great additional lighting in all major rooms.


The bedroom should evoke a peaceful and calming ambience. After all, it is a sanctuary for you to relax and unwind. Professionals suggest subtle and warm lighting for the bedroom, as bright, white lights can hinder sleep.

Wall Lights: On top of adding to the aesthetics of your room, these fixtures can light up specific areas of your space and provide just the right amount of lighting you require.

Ceiling Fans With Lights:  Just as with the living room, fans that are equipped with lights do double duty and can act as general lighting for the bedroom. A plus point is that many of these dual-purpose fans come with lights that offer various settings, making it easier to set the mood.

Recessed Lights: As previously mentioned, you cannot go wrong with this form of lighting but make sure to stick to warm lighting for the bedroom.


The bathroom is the space where you spend most of your alone time (for us ladies, at least!) to put your make-up on, style your hair, and try on a hundred outfits before heading out. Thus, this room should be the brightest of all.

Recessed Lights:

The brighter the better, so recessed lights fit perfectly into this space. Opt for bright yet non-heating bulbs in this space. With the definite use of hot showers, the room is already prone to increased temperatures and humidity, so avoid incandescent bulbs which gives off considerable heat.

Track Lights: The vanity space is where the magic happens, so track lights are perfect for illuminating your face and self when grooming.


The office or study room is where you need functional lighting that will help with productivity while reducing eye strain and mental fatigue. This work area requires task lighting that focuses light on specific areas to help you get work done.

Table LampsTable or floor lamps are an ideal lighting option for this room. Their flexible mobility also means you can place them wherever you need at any given time.

Recessed LightsIf you want the entire room to be well lit, recessed lights will do the trick. They will illuminate the entire space without causing eye strain as the bulbs are tucked into the ceiling and light is dispersed equally. 

This article was originally published as The Guide to Perfect Lighting for Every Room in Your Home by atap.co and is written by Lydia Lohshini|Edited by Reena Kaur Bhatt