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23 hallway lighting ideas – stylish ways brighten your hallway

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Mixing up hallway lighting ideas is key to getting this space just right. You want to create the perfect entrance to your home, but let's be honest, hallways are often overlooked when it comes designing and decorating the space.

We want to change that, so that you can witness what gorgeous and practical hallway lighting is, to see how it can brighten up what may be the tiniest space in your home.  

So, whether you have dark entrance hall that require an inventive lighting solution or you're searching for a more stylish statement light fixture to be a focal point of your space, we've got you covered with our brightest hallway ideas.

Hallway lighting ideas to illuminate your entryway

When looking at hallway design, you shouldn't take a one-size-fit-all, cookie-cutter approach. Just like for the other spaces in your home, there are three types lighting to consider when lighting a hallway. The first is the ambient lighting. This is the overall light that allows you to use the space, and it functions as good daylight would. 

Next comes task lighting. This is the illumination that allows you to perform specific actions. If we were talking kitchens, this might be chopping and mixing; in the living room it could be reading or sewing, for example. In the hall? If it’s big enough, you might have a desk area in which to work, but even in a small hall you might need concentrated light to check your appearance before you leave, for instance, or tie shoelaces.

Finally, there’s feature or accent lighting. This draws attention to a particular aspect of the space. When lighting a hallway that focus could be artwork on the wall, or a mirror, or perhaps a piece of furniture. However, it could also be used to wash light over a wall, for example, creating a decorative effect to add interest to the space. 

1. Review the height of your ceiling before you buy

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If your hall has a high ceiling, go for suspended lights or a chandelier – traditional or modern – to introduce an impactful focal point in the lofty space. Recessed ceiling lights can be a good solution if the height of the hall isn’t generous, as can scaled-down downlights.

2. Create a focal point with hallway lighting

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Let your hallway lighting do the talking with a simple design that catches the eye. A clear shade that shows off the bulbs won't look obtrusive in a small or narrow hallway. The sharp lines and black detailing of this Large Browning Lantern Pendant from Neptune makes a statement addition to a modern or classic scheme. 

Peter Bowles, MD, Davey Lighting advises: 'As there is often little room for furniture, hallways can be rather drab. Interesting light fittings are a great way to add drama and interest and set the tone for the rest of your scheme.'

'An oversize pendant will add a decorative flourish without compromising the space. If you have space for a small console table, a table lamp adds a note of warmth and welcome.'

3. Group singular lights to create height and interest

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If your hallway feels too feminine to adopt an industrial look, there are other ways to make your hallway lighting feel edgy without going too far with the idea.

Based on a classic Edison light bulb design, this trio of lights cascades down from the hallway ceiling and is an alternative option is you feel a glass chandelier design is too grandeur. By positioning these lights at the end of a hall, this in turn will also help draw the eye down the space to make it feel bigger.

Combining gold colored brass, hand blown glass and braided fabric coated cabling, you can create a modern hallway idea in minutes - granted your good with the electrical side of things. Don't forget to light any landing areas that you can see from the hallway to avoid having an unwelcoming dark area on show.

And if you do fancy 'grunging up' your girly space, combining this string of lights with a cool, concrete grey hallway paint idea will look great.

4. Choose different light sources to serve different purposes

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When it comes to lighting a hallway it's important to think about the atmosphere you're looking to create. You may want a top light for practical, day-to-day use and a table lamp for a warmer, more atmospheric feel when guests come over. The combination of both within a space allows for versatility, while adding interest and texture.  Find this similar lights at Original BTC .

Peter Bowles, MD, Davey Lighting says: 'The hallway is the entrance to your home, so it’s vital to create a warm, inviting feel the minute you step through the door. To avoid a gloomy, dark corridor ensure your lighting comes from several sources.

'A pendant hung at the beginning of the hallway will only throw light down onto that section, so consider the addition of wall lights to create a pool of light running along the corridor.'

5. Use wall lighting to illuminate specific zones

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This is one of the best hall lighting ideas for those blessed with a bigger hallway! In addition to adding a touch of sophistication, wall lighting is a great option if you need to illuminate a specific zone – perhaps a coat storage unit or console table. As well as serving a practical purpose, they're a nice alternative if you want to create a statement look but don't have a high enough ceiling for a chandelier or pendant lighting.

Position near a coat rack or shoe storage idea for an easy dash out of the door.

6. Get an industrial look with shade-free lighting

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If you want to inject a touch of the industrial look into your hallway, pick out cage pendant lights, something like these John Lewis lights would be a good choice. 

And if you want to go even further down the industrial route, match them with an exposed brick wall (not as hard to achieve as you might think - just check out our guide to how to create an exposed brick wall).

7. Go eco-chic with a lampshade made from paper

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No don't adjust the brightness on your computer or phone screen – you're reading correctly. If you're one many consumers looking for environmentally-conscious brands and homeware – this one's for you.

Paper is a natural material usually made from a wood base, and can be recycled at the end of its life to make more paper-based items. Versatile and familiar, the tactile qualities of paper make it a great addition to stylish, grounded homes and hallways.

8. Add Art-Deco vibes to your hallway with smoked glass

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Combining brushed brass with a pentagon-shaped smoked glass dome adorned with a beautiful diamond pattern, this chic ceiling light is guaranteed to bring some old school glamour to your home.

The cut design enhances the luster of the glass and provides a unique light effect in the room giving it a classy Art-Deco feel. that works brilliantly in both a period property or a new-build home.

With its dimmer design, you can create a bright or dim glow, depending on the atmosphere you want to create.

Charlie Bowles, director at Davey Lighting explains: 'Once you’ve chosen your fittings, ensure all your lights are controlled separately so you can alter the level of illumination throughout the day. Ensure switches are positioned near doorways and at each level of the stairway to avoid having to walk through darkness, which is particularly key in family homes. '

Add palm plants, metallic accessories and a mirror to create chic speakeasy vibes. We'd personally swap out this round fixture for a beveled rectangular, fan or scalloped mirror design idea.

9. Home office in your hallway? Be careful with lighting

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A generously sized hall can be a suitable venue for a home office idea if there’s space going begging and you don’t have the benefit of a separate room or dislike the idea of giving up part of a bedroom or living space. 

To provide concentrated light for the desk’s surface, you’ll need a dedicated desk lamp. The rule here is that the bigger the desktop, the taller the lamp needs to be. Those that can be angled are more versatile.

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The eye-catching effects that can be achieved with lantern lighting are a lovely option for hallways with higher ceilings. Be mindful of choosing something that suits the height of a space and doesn't overwhelm it.  

As well as the ceiling light, this design also has a sweet lantern on the chest of drawers too. For a similar hallways lighting try Jim Lawrence .

11. Maximize light by strategically spacing light fittings

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For an effective lighting option in a darker hallway, create a more seamless look with a row of fitted hallway ceiling lights. Whilst subtle and understated, they maximize the light within a space. Then, for more tips on how to lighten a dark hallway, we've got a specialist guide for you!

12. Add a large mirror to enhance your hallway lighting

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Two large globe pendant lights light up this vibrant hallway, but this light has been enhanced with the clever placement of a mirror that will reflect the light that they give off, making the room even brighter. Simple, but effective.

Can we also just take a sec to appreciate the indoor plants which brighten up this hallway space with their chlorophyll green hues? The hanging varieties in particular compliment a hallway lighting idea with a long chain, string or cabling.

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Opt for a dramatic chandelier if you want to make the most of a hallway with high ceilings and a grand staircase. What's important is investing in something that looks refined and will stand the test of time. We love this glitzy unique light from Amara .

14. Introduce boho chic with a rattan floor lamp

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Incorporating hallway lighting made from raffia, bamboo or rattan are perfect for creating an ‘escapist’ trend, with neutral, beachy vibes adding texture and warmth without the heaviness of wood. 

If your hallway scheme follows a coastal, boho, retro or Scandi theme – a floor lamp like this will be perfect for making a statement in your entryway. Combine with a jute rug, wooden table and bamboo chair for a coordinated look.

15. Shop for light fittings with cutouts or pretty details

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Big isn't always better when it comes to hallway light ideas. It's sometimes that little things that make us stand back in awe. So when shopping for fixtures and fittings, don't always go large. It's important to think of practicality and proportion, especially if you've got a small hallway — or a tall spouse!

Do choose a hallway lighting idea with these intricacies as they'll throw elaborate light patterns that both kids and guests will be impressed by.

This design features an array of crystal effect droplets that cascade downwards for a spiraling effect, shimmering beautifully as they refract the light.

16. Pick hallway lighting in a contrasting color

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Make sure your hallway lighting doesn't go unnoticed by picking a striking design in a color that contrasts with the wall paint or hallway wallpaper ideas.

This hallway has been painted in the gorgeous Lulworth Blue from Farrow & Ball and this gold light totally pops against it. For a similar light, try Made .

17. Use sleek wall lighting to create a minimalist look

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An effective way of lighting a hallway, sleek wall lights make a great addition to a minimalist-inspired space. Alternatively, they can also be used as spotlights to draw attention to hanging artwork or ornaments on display.

We love these Camillo Lights from Christopher Wray but you can find similar, more affordable wall lights at Wayfair  

18. Choose a steel finish for vintage hallway lighting 

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If your style is more vintage, opt for hallway lighting with a simple silhouette. A caged-effect steel finish is a great option if you're looking for a statement piece that suits a hardier aesthetic. We love the no frills design of this Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant from Original BTC.


19. Consider a table lamp for a softer finish

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If you don't like the idea of statement hallway lighting or want to create a more inviting atmosphere in your hallway, a subtle lampshade that blends into the rest of your scheme is a great alternative. Position on a console table and couple with photo frames or house plants.  

A table lamp on a console or side table on which you keep the essentials you need ready to grab when you leave the house can also be a worthy addition to a hall’s task lighting armory.

We love this on-trend Concrete Table Lamp from Cox & Cox. 

20. Create a luxury feel with a brass finish desk lamp

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Add a luxe feel to a dim hallway with a table lamp in a brushed brass finish. Opt for a classic design and simple silhouette if you're looking for a timeless design that will complement any scheme. This Dutchbone Eclipse Desk Lamp is available from Houseology. 

21. Choose a stand-alone piece that makes a visual impact

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In addition to serving a practical function, hallway lighting can also work as a design feature, so why not consider a statement floor lamp that catches the eye on entry? Find these stunning EOS lamp shades at Amara.

23. Don't forget to light up a hallway alcove

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'Placement is key and traditional standards no longer have to be followed. Statement lighting can be in alcoves and off-set for more visual interest.', says Devin Shaffer, lead interior designer at Decorilla Online Interior Design .

Where should hallway lights be placed?

'If you have a long hallway, place ceiling lights at either end; this will showcase the elongated space and naturally invite guests into the rest of the home. For an elegant, traditional entryway, consider using a hall lantern or, if you’re looking for a more modern twist, a single ceiling pendant.', says Peter Legg, Lead Designer, där lighting . 

'Layer your lighting scheme to frame interest areas such as console tables or artwork. Should you be short on space, wall lights will help to draw the eye upwards, giving the impression of higher ceilings.'

'The hallway also serves a functional purpose, so don’t forget to introduce task lighting or brighter bulbs in areas where needed. There’s nothing worse than having to tie your shoelaces in another room because you can’t see them properly in the hallway!'

How can I make my hallway lighting look expensive?

Hallway lighting can certainly add value to your entryway space, giving it a luxury and premium feel. Statement lighting fixtures are a fun way to play with style of your home. They’re an unexpected way to add color, texture, and a little drama to a living space. Chandeliers can be used to add a touch of glitz and glamour, a bit of contemporary flair or use them to create a strong focal point in an interior.

Owen Pacey, founder of Renaissance London agrees. He says: 'Statement chandeliers are the jewelry of an interior.'

While Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin , explains that table lamps are the real MPV when it comes to hallway design. He says: 'Table lamps with sculptural shapes and bold designs turn your lamps into pieces of art, providing interest even when the lamp is turned off. Use pairs of lamps to accentuate a beautiful sideboard or console table.'

What is the best lighting for a hallway?

'Exposed bulbs are a great way to avoid overcrowding in a narrow hallway. Not only do bare bulbs exude character, but they also add vintage charm. Additionally, exposed bulbs are extremely versatile and will suit most color schemes,' says Kerry Laird, interior designer at Fishpools .  

'If you’re looking to create a statement but don’t have high ceilings for something as grand as a chandelier, why not looking to wall lighting as an alternative? On a practical note, wall lighting is great for illuminating a specific area like a coat hanging space or accessory table,' 

'Choose a slim light for smaller hallways as a sleek addition to a minimalist space or to work effectively as a spotlight style to draw attention to hanging pictures and ornaments.'

How can I make my hallway appear brighter?

'A hallway is the first part of your home that anyone will see when they enter, so it's important to make sure it's a true reflection of your personality and style,' says Emma Deterding, founder and creative director, Kelling Designs . 

'To keep a brighter feel, opt for neutral tones on the walls as they'll keep the hall fresh and use a large mirror to help reflect light whilst giving the illusion of space,'

'A pair of matching table lamps will help create symmetry and balance and opting for lampshades and upholstery in bright colors and bold patterns will allow you to bring your personality into the space, whilst setting the mood for the rest of your home. '

30+ Best Hallway Lighting Ideas and Designs For 2022

Home Home Decor Home Lighting 30+ Best Hallway Lighting Ideas and Designs

Whether the hallway if narrow, wide, compact, or with generous space, every hallway requires excellent lighting.

A hallway lighting system requires several fixtures that have different elements instead of using only one accessory that struggles to light up the entire hallway.

Adequate illumination is essential in making the hallway, and the whole house look impressionable.

In this article:

How much light do I need in a hallway?

When installing lighting in your hallway, you need to consider three factors for lighting. Firstly, there must be ambient lighting that allows you to occupy the space easily as you would using average daylight.

Task lighting allows for person-specific tasks such as checking yourself out on the mirror. In spacious hallways that accommodate desks, the lighting should be bright enough to perform tasks such as reading.

Feature lighting draws your is decorative and contributes to the general beauty of the house.

How do you light up a hallway?

Lighting up hallways is very problematic since most of them are narrow.

Pendant lights are better placed for hallways with high ceilings. Using a pendant in a low ceiling hallway could induce claustrophobia, so avoid it.

Wall sconces are also good because they provide ample lighting for wider hallways. You could also use mixed lighting to give your house an architectural touch.

Narrow hallway lighting ideas

Here are some of the ideas you could use to light your narrow hallway:

Hallway lighting ideas low ceiling

Use light fixtures that sit flush with the ceiling. Choose pendants that have adjustable lengths. You could also use glamourous lighting with metallic finishing. These reflect light in the low ceiling, leading to a brighter hallway.

Entrance hall lighting ideas

Strategically place the entrance hallway lights to create an illusion of spaciousness.

Dark hallway lighting ideas

Try using a mirror to bounce off light in the hallway. It also makes the hallway seem more spacious.

You can also use natural light by introducing small window panes. If there are security issues, you could use frosted glass for your windows.

Contemporary hallway lighting

Chandeliers are recommended for spacious hallways that begin from the front entrance. The chandelier crystals bounce off light, creating an illuminated space.

Hallway pendant lights

Below are some of the best hallway pendants for your home:

Upstairs hallway lighting ideas

You could place windows on either side of the hallway so that natural light illuminates the hallway all day. For the night, you could place LED fixtures on the ceiling on either side of the hallway walls to illuminate the space. Upstairs hallways should essentially be painted white so that the light bounces off the walls.
































Hallways need to be fully light and provide ample light for performing tasks. Good lighting of hallways contributes to the general stylistic look of the house. However, the lighting of hallways depends on the size of the hallway, in terms of spaciousness and length, and also the type of the ceiling.

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Top 10 Living Room Lighting Tips - INMYROOM

Every home's living room does several things at once functions. It can receive guests, watch TV, chat, read. This is the main reason why lighting is important in this room. multifunctional. Also important is the correct location of the switches and each outlet.

Main lighting

In most cases, general lighting in the living room is used when the main part The premises is a place for guests. This requires a chandelier, single-lamp hanging lamps and plafonds.

According to the size of the room, it is important to choose ceiling lamp. At the same time, the interior and your taste are taken into account. Main attention when placing must be paid to the geometric center of the ceiling. AT in some cases, the lamp is installed directly above the table for eating.

Chandeliers in the style of classics. They are very diverse due to the advent of technical innovations. To for example, some of them have mounts for the ceiling to change light direction.


To make it easier to highlight some interior details and perform light zoning, apply local lighting in the living room. There are no more lamps for ceiling. The recreation area should be equipped with local lighting. After all, here most often they read books, communicate in the family circle and spend evenings. For maximum comfort, it is necessary to choose a good local lighting. To in the seating area was nice to sit in, needed a floor lamp, table lamp or sconce.

Soft and subdued light is best aimed at the place where the TV is. If the room has a fireplace, then it is better to use sophisticated table lamps. Also suitable are lamps made of bronze material and having the shape of a candlestick.


To make a painting, an original figurine and others art objects did not go unnoticed using spot lighting in the living room, which will emphasize their beauty. Also, spotlight can play the role of additional lighting.

One of the varieties of spot lighting the appliance is spot on. Its design can accommodate either one or several lamps. They provide rotation in a given direction, and this allows you to favorably emphasize one of the fragments of the interior.

directional light fixtures. They can perfectly illuminate objects and those places where space is limited.


lead to some inconvenience. After all, they are difficult to manage. This problem solved with smart lighting systems.

This system makes it easier to control everything lighting fixtures at the same time. To do this, use the control panel, which can be wall-mounted or purchased portable.

Such "smart" lighting has the function of reacting to the appearance of a person. At the same time, immediately the light is on. In addition, you can set the required brightness. 4 minutes after being turned on, this appliance will turn off by itself if there is no movement.

Zoning Basics

When developing a project for a living room, allocate certain zones. Basically, you need to pay special attention to the dining a table, chairs, a resting place where a sofa and a TV are placed.

Areas worth paying attention to can be be more, it all depends on your preference. And just in order to highlight or darken, use general, local and decorative lighting.


Care must be taken to ensure that place wall lights. To do this, pay attention to the following recommendations:

1. TV. This can ruin the visibility of the screen due to unwanted glare from lamp.

2. Room proportions, ceiling height and the design of the sconce should affect the height of the luminaire. Dimensions should vary from 1.2 to 1.6 m.

3. If you have a classic interior, then luminaires must be placed symmetrically.

For determining the hanging height of the ceiling lamp, you need to know the height of the ceiling. Here are some tips:

1. If the ceiling is low or the lamp located in a passageway, then the height of the lamp should be 2.1 m and above.

2. If necessary, hang the lamp over the table for food or a table for reading, then it is allowed to lower the lamp a little lower.

For those who plans the lighting of the living room, then special attention must be paid to the degree of illumination, which should be in area 200 lux. You can see the lighting options in the living room, photos of which are presented below.

Design tips

Before starting design and design, to achieve the best effect and result, without errors - use practical recommendations from professionals in this sphere.


Decided to choose a light source with an original design? It is important to remember the sense of proportion. Indeed, in this case, it is worth avoiding the use of other spectacular elements - it will not be beautiful.


If the walls in the living room are pastel and the furniture is made in light colors, then the room will be bright even without additional lamps. But here it will not do without the original floor lamp.


Different types of living room lighting will help to ozonize the room. To do this, use decorative lighting and spotlights. It is better to hang an original chandelier in the dining area.

No. 4

If you want to do it in the living room minimalist style, then a round metal lamp will help with this.


If the living room is spacious and has a lot of glossy surfaces, it is better to hang one large chandelier, which is worth place in the center of the room.


If the room is small, you can apply three types of light. So, you can divide a small room into three parts: dining room, living room and hallway.

No. 7

Place next to the sofa a table lamp, if they work there.


To make the living room elegant and solemn, you can install crystal chandeliers.


Suitable for TV LED lighting for a cozy atmosphere.


The darker the room, the bigger it is needs lighting.

Photo gallery

A selection of photos to create an original interior with lighting in the living room.


Good lighting in the room - 7 main rules. The best solutions in engineering and design.

If you want to make good quality lighting in the rooms of your apartment or house, you need to follow 7 basic rules.

This is what most designers and planners adhere to when compiling their expensive projects. They are not so complicated and will be clear to any user and customer.

Number of light sources

Avoid using only one light source whenever possible. The well-known classic way is to illuminate the room with a large chandelier.

On the one hand, of course, it's great when you can illuminate a large space with just one powerful lamp. No problems with a bunch of wires, a choice of fastening points.

However, from the point of view of good lighting design, it is better to illuminate the space with several local light sources. For example, floor lamps, single suspensions, wall lamps.

The most common option is spotlights.

All this diversity gives you the opportunity to combine the lighting environment, making it independent and variable. Use light only where and only when needed.

What's more, it saves a lot of energy consumption, allows you to form the environment more evenly. You won't have much contrast between the bulky chandelier that hangs in the center of the room and the dark corners of the room.

In such a space, both the one who eats at the dinner table and the one who reads a book near the floor lamp feel equally good.

Types of lighting

Always consider the functionality of the room when choosing the type of lighting. There are three main types in total:

Direct - this is the light from built-in or ceiling lamps shining strictly from top to bottom. This also includes table lamps.

Objects in this light will appear to you a little more voluminous than their actual size.

For the living room and bedroom, indirect light sources are very suitable, which allow you to create a soft, evenly lit environment that is comfortable for the eyes.

Accent light is a bright, directional light source. It is used where you need to draw attention to something, emphasize a separate object or element of the interior.

However, this light source has a big minus - it blinds the eyes very much.

Therefore, it must be used pointwise, thoughtfully, and only where it is necessary and acceptable.

Wall lighting

Never forget to illuminate vertical surfaces. About 80% of our attention in the rooms is riveted to the walls.

When we move around, communicate with each other, just sit in a chair, our eyes are always on vertical surfaces, not on the ceiling.

In this case, the ceiling space takes only 15% of the attention, and the floor gets only 5%.

Therefore, if you want to get a comfortable room, where it will be pleasant to be, do not forget about wall lighting. In large living rooms, the concentration of lamps around the perimeter should be done on the basis of this rule.

One color temperature

In a good, cohesive, finished interior, the light environment should be monotonous.

This means that luminaires with the same color temperature must be used for illumination.

A rare exception may be the case when you want to emphasize the texture of some materials, or highlight individual interior items.

Placement of luminaires

Try to place the luminaires so that direct eye contact with the light source is avoided as much as possible.

In a good way, you should not see them directly at all. For example, in high-level restaurants, it is written directly in the instructions that lighting devices should not come into contact with the eyes of visitors.

This allows people to focus on the most important thing - on tasty and healthy food, and not be distracted by blinding light bulbs.

Also do not use spotlights in the bedroom. Especially over the bed.

It would be more correct to distribute the lamps around the perimeter, bypassing your bed.

If you still need to use accent light in the interior, then use special accessories. For example, anti-reflective grilles.

They virtually eliminate eye contact with the bulb or LED inside the light point.

Variation of light

Light in all rooms should be variable. Solutions that adjust the light environment in the room in accordance with the natural human biorhythms are gaining great popularity in this matter.

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