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Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a se­lec­tion of light­ing op­tions for your bed­room — in­clud­ing am­bi­ent and ac­cent light­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Bea­con Light­ing’s Denise Ham­mond the main source of light in the bed­room should be neu­tral and re­lax­ing.

“We all use our bed­rooms for a whole va­ri­ety of things th­ese days — some peo­ple have ex­er­cise equip­ment in there and some even have a desk, so it’s im­por­tant to en­sure you have ad­e­quate light for what­ever you need to do in there,” she says.

Denise rec­om­mends dimmable light­ing, which of­fers you the flex­i­bil­ity to ad­just de­pend­ing on your needs.

Bed­side light­ing (pic­tured be­low) should also be con­sid­ered de­pend­ing on your bed­time habits, she says.

“If you’re a reader in bed, think about the amount of light you need to com­fort­ably read your book or magazine,” she says. “There is a trend at the mo­ment to beau­ti­ful bed­side pen­dants but un­for­tu­nately they can be a lit­tle im­prac­ti­cal in terms of the beam they emit.

“De­pend­ing on the pendant it­self some­times the beam will only reach the perime­ter of the bed­side ta­ble be­low it, mean­ing un­less you ad­just your read­ing po­si­tion dras­ti­cally, it’s use­less.”

Again, some­thing less static will pro­vide you with some flex­i­bil­ity to di­rect light where you want it.

“Think about lamps with flex­i­ble necks to let you di­rect the light where it’s needed, or there are lights you can mount on head­boards to save space,” she says.

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