How much downlights will be required to glam up your bedroom?
This is one of the most daunting processes of the renovation project. Without a proper planning, you can’t even do it right. But, you can follow a general rule of thumb that is 1 downlight per 1.4 square meter of the coverage area of the roof. However, this is a rough idea which is subject to change depending on the area of your room. A better idea is to work with an interior designer and the lighting expert for this project.
Primary vs. Secondary Lighting
Downlights are never intended for primary lighting source of a room. But, the modern concept of lighting scheme is a bit different. To notch a pensive ambiance in your bedroom, lighting experts work with primary and secondary lighting in chorus. While illuminating a space primarily, downlights can also serve as a secondary lighting source. LED Downlights and cove lights can be placed in the alcove to craft a "cosy" feel right inside your bedroom. Traditionally downlights were meant for accent or decorative lighting. For bedroom especially, you can invest on downlight pendants.
However, there’s high chance of the combination of primary and secondary light sources getting more complicated if you are not working with a lighting expert. Again, the lighting scheme being more about personal preference, no such rigidity can be applied. Moreover, light output levels and distribution can also vary vastly between fittings to fittings.
So, keeping this point in mind, it’s better to go with a low light level in mind, and work mainly with secondary lighting arrangement. Or better yet, light your room as per normal standards and control your lighting levels through dimming.
Take Note of the Ceiling Height
Take a note of your ceiling heights while working with downlights in the bedroom. For a ceiling of 8 feet high, the downlights should be placed about 4 feet apart from each other. Fittings of your lighting depend solely on how light or dark your decor is. Additionally, you also need to check the size and wattage of your fittings and the purpose of your lighting. You should always remember not to ‘overlight’ your room.
The Major Takeaway
Lighting a bedroom is all about your personal preference. Hence, the lighting scheme will differ accordingly to get a cosy effect, or clean, minimalist effect or the other effects that you are looking for in your very own space.