We spend about one third of our lives in the bedroom. This is where we sleep, recapitulate the day or simply make ourselves comfortable while reading a book. However, in the morning when a new day breaks, the atmosphere becomes more active: searching for clothes in the closet, getting dressed, checking oneself in the mirror, making the bed – the activities in the bedroom are manifold.
Accordingly, the requirements for suitable and proper lighting in the bedroom are quite challenging. Ambient lighting forms the basis for activities such as making the bed or cleaning. However, this basic illumination should never be strong because a too brightly illuminated room
often seems uncomfortable. If you do not want zone lighting for a cupboard or a shelf the ambient lighting should be sufficiently powerful to ensure a save orientation within the room. Furthermore, for most of the people who like to read before falling asleep, a reading light is an indispensable tool. Additional light fixtures that ensure mood lighting such as the
Only a harmonious combination of several luminaires provide for a balanced lighting atmosphere in the bedroom. As already mentioned, a
when creating a lighting concept for this room. It is not only responsible for the general lighting – being a designer light it is also supposed to visually upgrade the room. A prime example for this dual competence is e.g. the Hope Soffitto – affectionately also called “ceiling diamond”. The Fresnel lenses manufactured from polycarbonate form the basis for its charming appearance because they reflect the light many times and thereby provide for soft, harmonious ambient lighting. At the same time, this light by Luceplan creates a fascinating play of reflections on the wall and the ceiling.
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A further shining example for a successful combination of design art and charming lighting effect is the Disco D'Oro. This hand-made ceiling light attracts the viewer’s attention even while it is switched off: the interplay of the golden or silver reflector disc and a boom which houses the illuminant and which is virtually floating in front of the disc brings a pinnacle of light design into the bedroom. As such it also offers indirect, soft light and thereby provides for a smooth transition between daytime and night-time. A floor lamp such as the Wo-Tum-Bu which diffuses its light in all directions, a pendant light like the impressive Artemide Cabildo Sospensione or an imposing chandelier such as the Flos 2097-30 can also be used to provide for ambient lighting.
For many people a bedside table lamp is also one of the obligatory furnishings in the bedroom. It is always available when you quickly need
some light – which is not only reassuring when you hear a disturbing noise at night. The Luceplan Costanzina Tavolo is a paragon of elegance and provides a pleasant lighting effect. The table lamp with a purist look is a bestseller from 1986. It can be easily switched on by means of a delicate switch and it produces a soft, unobtrusive light. The special feature is that the shade is only attached at two points so it is securely held in a balanced position without a rigid fastening being necessary.
Those who like to read in the bedroom should also not forget to include a table lamp for the bedside table. The adjustable representatives of this kind include the Melampo Notte by Artemide as well as the Cuboluce by Cini & Nils. The first one is equipped with a satin shade that can be tilted so that it can be turned into an adjustable reading light. The latter one directs the light to
where it is needed through a variably sized aperture that can be adjusted by opening or closing the lid. This “light box” is also available as a modern version with LED lamps, the
Ambient lighting for bedroom
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Zone lighting for beds
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Mood lighting in the bedroom
Show light fixtures to create mood lighting in the bedroom
Focused lighting in the bedroom is also supplied by wall lights that are either installed next to or above the bed. A classic in this category is the
Especially in the morning while you are still half asleep, it is difficult to find the desired piece of clothing in the closet. Particularly during the winter months, when it is dark outside, this is rather torturous. A spotlight, for instance, might present a solution to this problem when its focused light is directed on the clothes in the closet – a prime example in this area is the Flos Parentesi. This spotlight cannot only be adjusted in height but also be swivelled by 180° upwards and downwards as well as be rotated by 360° around the steel cable. Clip-on lights are also a
popular solution to illuminate selected objects such as paintings, cupboards or shelves in the bedroom in a targeted manner. Their advantage: they can be installed quickly and easily and can also be used for other tasks in different rooms. Example: thanks to its flex shaft, the Athene 01 by the German provider less n more, Light of the year 2010 (Leuchte des Jahres 2010), directs the light precisely to where it is required. It can be installed e.g. on a book shelf in the bedroom but also on a cupboard in the living room.