Bedroom Lighting

Bedroom lighting can hold the power to change the way we sleep, look and feel. Discover the number of benefits of bedroom lighting schemes and how you can use this to help improve your life at home.
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Never has there been a more important time to ensure a good night’s sleep. Bedrooms provide a sanctuary and escape from our busy lives and lighting can play a huge part in creating a restful environment. Explore what feels right for your space whether it’s beside lamps or bedroom ceiling lights or LED lighting. Work with Kate & Sam to design a bespoke bedroom lighting scheme to suit your needs.

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Collaboration Richmond International

Bedroom Lighting

Bedroom lighting needs to be bright in the morning and atmospheric at night to provide a sanctuary at the end of the day. The traditional set up is a table lamp either side of the bed, but there are many more creative solutions that can add drama to one of the favourite rooms in the house.

Decorative bedside lamps on tables offer a flattering light, but don’t rule out standard lamps and picture lights over cherished artworks. Directional ceiling spotlights can give you the bright lighting you need for daytime functionality. On separate, dimmable circuits you will have plenty of control over light intensity from day to night. Bedside lights should be 2400K or 2700K with enough light to read by whilst still allowing the retina to relax. Low lighting in general is flattering when walking around your bedroom naked.
Kate & Sam have thoroughly researched optimum sleep environments, so you will be working with experts to ensure a good evening routine. Rid your bedroom of any glowing clocks or glaring screens. All window treatments should block out the light as far as possible – the darker your room, the deeper sleep you will experience. Clever lighting solutions can help to nurture healthy sleep patterns – night lights can be soft in order to signal for your brain to prepare for sleep, whilst bright light can kick start your circadian rhythm into recognising a new day.

Bedrooms might also be operating as offices, school rooms and dressings rooms, so using light to break the space is a cost effective solution to multi functionality. Consider how you use this space including where you dress and store your clothes – every detail will be explored in your online lighting design consultation.

Meet Kate and Sam

Sam Neuman

Having made a career in architectural lighting design, Sam has worked alongside a number of leading practices from Imagination to NDYLight, WSP and more. Sam is an active member of the lighting community and regularly presents lectures and publishes articles around his areas of expertise.

Sam has worked with several leading practices and has dedicated his career to architectural lighting design. He is active within the lighting design community by presenting lectures and publishing articles.

Kate Wilkins

Kate has worked on a number of lighting projects for a wide variety of live performance, architectural and artistic lighting designs since 1991. Fascinated by the way lighting can change our moods, Kate also loves to explore human behaviour with experimental lighting projects.

Kate is particularly fascinated by the mood altering effects of light and the deep connection to our senses. She is currently researching sleep patterns and optimising bedroom environments for both adults and children.


How do I make mood lighting in my bedroom?

Avoid harsh or bright lights directly over the bed, make sure the lights are installed in 2 or 3 different control groups. Bedside lamps, reading lamps, floor lamps and wall lights. What do you want to look at in bed? Put lighting controls by the door and also by the side of the bed. Now dim the lighting to your own personal settings and comfort and ‘hey presto’ you now have mood lighting.

Should I use downlights in the bedroom?

Downlights are one of a lighting designers favourite instruments, they are great for controlled directed light, for highlights and creating points of interest. The main consideration is to they don’t become a point of glare or are uncomfortably bright when laying in bed or looking in the dressing mirror.

Can the right lighting help me with my sleep?

Darkness is best for a good night’s sleep. However before sleep, your body and brain need to adjust and get into the zone. Lighting research has found that different wavelengths of light trigger the release of either the wakeup or sleep hormones in the brain. Serotonin controls wakefulness and melatonin sets the sleep/wake cycle and. Cooler bluer activates the release of serotonin so is best for waking and alertness, when the level of blue light drops serotonin levels increase preparing the body for another sleep cycle therefore warmer redder light is better for unwinding and relaxing before sleep. When you consider how humans have evolved under the sky, it is no great surprise that our brains wok in such a way.

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“The ability to call Kate and Sam (all online) made all the difference - they answered all the questions we had insightfully and helpfully - we learned key things like CRI values and the right colours temperatures and exactly which sort of lights we should aim to get.”

Peter W

“Kate totally got what we were trying to do and worked really quickly to provide the information we (and our electrician!) needed. Kate is clearly very talented and experienced, she was recommended to me and I would have no hesitation recommending her to anyone else.”

Vicky C

“Excellent, practical advice that was simple and affordable to implement.”


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