Step by Step Bedroom Lighting Guide

Step by Step Bedroom Lighting Guide

Nowadays, bedrooms are more than just place to sleep—they’re also places to work, read, and spend family time.

Other than that bedroom will always be a haven of relaxation, recharging and reorientation that you can look forward to returning to every night.

Lighting is the most essential ingredient to achieve these multiple jobs.

Lumens required in Bedrooms: 1,000 to 2,000 lumens.

Type of lighting required: Soft white/warm white (2700 Kelvin): Best for bedrooms and living rooms; providing a traditional warm, cozy feel to them.

Choose from:



  • Dropping down pendants on either side of the bed is the perfect way to spruce up your bedside and make it glow warmer by saving space. But pendant lighting is best with high bedroom ceilings—10 feet or more to achieve mood and ambience.
  • Drop them over a console or nightstand. Make sure the distance between the pendant and nightstand is 12-22”. Make sure pendants are hung above the eye level.




Most common bedside lighting which do not  require much electrical work as in case of hanging pendants or wall lights is placing table lamps on either side.

  • When you are laying in bed at night , think about how you want to feel in your space. If the console is low try longer table lamp, and if the console is long try a shorter table lamp.                                                                                           
  • Try linen shade for a beautiful wash of light all around. If you are an avid reader choose lamp with a directional beam so you can enjoy reading at night without disturbing your partner. 



From sleek contemporary to rustic country, there is a style of wall sconce for every decorating theme. They are an excellent choice for the bedroom and are typically installed on each side of the bed.

  • Sconces with adjustable swing arms make it a breeze to position the light right where you need it for reading in bed. Wall sconces on either side of the bed provide ideal reading light and also they free up surface space.
  • They should be 4’ - 6’ out to the side of the headboard and approximately 2ft above the mattress. The rule of thumb is for sconces to be between 5-6 feet from the floor. Sconces with small shades or covers protect your eyes from glare and are best when used next to the bed.



The bedroom is about creating a retreat with layers of relaxing light. To  add an undeniable glamour, drama, and elegance to your bedroom, the most formal style is an overhead ceiling fixture which also saves space. Look for fixtures that complement you're bedroom’s decorating style.

  • To prevent unpleasant glare while lying in bed, choose a fixture that has a covered bottom. Otherwise, you’ll be looking up at a bright bulb. Don’t hang a chandelier directly over the head of your bed—keep it towards the centre of the room and the lower third of your bed.


  • Hanging a chandelier in the bedroom is a balancing act. For a small bedroom, keep the chandelier to no more than 20 inches in diameter , in a larger bedroom, limit the chandelier to no more than 30 inches across. Hanging it a bit lower will create a more intimate, cozy feel. 



  • Looking for some attractive visual embellishments to your master bedroom. Use a floor lamp to illuminate your reading nook or bedroom seating area. Floor lamps with adjustable heads make it easy to direct light where you want it. Adding a floor lamp will give subtle illumination and fill an empty corner. We probably want to hang the fitting with baseline approximately 50” from floor level.