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Plan your renovations : bedroom and living room

Plan your renovations : bedroom and living room

Bedroom

A bedroom is an essential relaxation oasis. Here are some lighting ideas designed to make your bedroom both relaxing and functional.


General lighting

For general lighting, pendant lights are ideal. Adjust their height according to the room’s layout. Unless the fixture is located above a bed, leave a 7-foot clearance below it. For their part, ceiling lights offer beautiful and strong light thanks to their circular bases; they also provide good clearance.

Ceiling fans with integrated lights provide powerful general lighting. Also, you’ll enjoy a refreshing breeze in summer and maximize heating in winter.

Recessed lights are a great choice for a bedroom as they provide well-distributed lighting while leaving your ceiling unencumbered. For the best efficiency, install them a minimum of 18 inches from the walls.

Here are the recommended spacing guidelines according to recessed light type:
MR-16: One every 4 to 6 feet
PAR-20: One every 3 to 4 feet
GU-10: One every 2 to 3 feet
LED: One every 3 to 5 feet

Adjust the distance between the recessed lights according to the size and function of the room.

Accent lighting

If you like reading in bed or need an extra light source, add a table lamp to your bedside table. Being able to plug in a lamp directly is a very practical feature.

Also, consider replacing your bedside lamps with pendant lights on each side of the bed to free up space on your nightstand.

Another option is to install wall sconces on both sides of the bed. There is no height rule for installing wall sconces in a bedroom. Everything depends on their use and your room’s layout.

For their part, floor lamps are often used to provide light in areas where general lighting is less efficient. As with table lamps, they can be plugged in directly to an electrical wall outlet.


Walkin

When renovating a bedroom, don’t forget the lighting inside your closet or walk-in! You want to be able to see the colour of your clothes properly. Whether you opt for recessed ceiling lights or a pendant light, choose a light bulb that’s faithful to daylight and doesn’t generate heat, such as an LED. Ceiling lights offer good light in a closet or walk-in. For a standard closet, install the light fixture just above the door frame. If you install one in a walk-in closet, consider complementing your lighting scheme with wall sconces. This approach will help reduce any shadows the ceiling light casts in the corners.

Adjustable track lighting is ideal for a walk-in closet, requires only one electrical box and comes equipped with several pivoting heads you can direct where you need better lighting.

Recessed lights are great in a walk-in closet as they don’t clutter the space and offer well-distributed and effective lighting.

Consider incorporating lighting into your furniture using LED strips or cabinet lights. This type of lighting is convenient because it can easily fit into nooks and crannies to light the content of these areas, which is often less prominent because it is in the shadows.

According to building standards, light fixtures installed in a closet must be completely enclosed with glass to avoid a fire hazard.


Living room

The living room requires the least amount of renovation. However, it often requires multiple light sources. Here are a few from which to choose:


General lighting

Recessed light fixtures are popular because they integrate into the ceiling and offer an unobstructed view. You can distribute them all over the ceiling or group them in series in specific areas of the living room, such as the TV nook. Make sure to install them a minimum of 18 inches from the walls.

Naturally, floor and table lamps are very practical in the living room. They can create a cozy ambience or light an area that’s less bright. The fact they can be plugged in directly into an outlet means you can forego installing an electrical box in the ceiling. Wall sconces are also a practical option for lighting a dimmer area or creating mood lighting.

A fan is often equipped with a powerful set of lights that can effectively light your entire living room. It also circulates air in summer to cool the air, while in winter, the fan optimizes the circulation of heated air, thereby reducing your electricity costs.

Installed in the centre of the room, adjustable track lighting or a ceiling light is often the first choice for general lighting. Track lighting’s best feature is the flexibility of its adjustable heads which can shine light precisely where you need bright, optimal light.

Accent lighting

Naturally, floor and table lamps are very practical in the living room. They can create a cozy ambience or light an area that’s less bright. The fact they can be plugged in directly into an outlet means you can forego installing an electrical box in the ceiling. Wall sconces are also a practical option for lighting a dimmer area or creating mood lighting.

Thanks to their length and great lighting power, pendant lights are often used for ceilings that are higher than eight feet as well as for living rooms with ceilings that open up onto the second floor. For standard ceiling light fixtures, remember to leave a seven-foot clearance under the light fixture so as not to interfere with traffic. You may also want to install them above the living room coffee table. In this case, you can reduce the clearance requirement.


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