When it comes light, there’s  more going on than you think. While I could try to blow your mind with the scientific debate as to whether light is a particle or a wave when it’s actually both, which is an anomaly not seen anywhere else, that’s not really what I mean. I mean, simply, that, from a practical standpoint, light is more diverse and varied than you might think at first. There are many different types of lighting in homes, and all man made light is noticeably different from sunlight. When it come time to install lighting in your home, there are a few factors you want to consider before choosing your lighting. Here are some ideas of how to light your home.

First and foremost, let’s talk bedrooms. Your bedroom has an interesting relationship with light. We want light available in our bedrooms despite intending to not need it during the bulk of our time here. For the same reasons, full light seems a bit abrasive, and so you would ideally apply a gentler touch. Think ,for instance, of a Crowne Plaza Hotel room. You’ll notice the lighting in hotel rooms tends to be dimmer, almost moodier, as if to suggest enough light to clearly see but not enough to keep you energized. This would not only allow you get to bed sooner, but it also creates an interesting and comfortable atmosphere. That’s why this style of light would be good for bedrooms.


Recessed lighting has a similar function to that of hotel lighting, and they can be one in the same. However, there’s a certain special something about recessed lighting that sets it apart from similar mood lighting. Recessed lighting is kind of exactly what it sounds like. It’s a light source that is recessed into the ceiling. This creates an interesting and two fold effect. First of all, it creates a spotlight by allowing light to only barely escape the size and shape of the cylindrical recess. However, it will light the rest of the room, as well, as the light diffuses, but the overall lighting will be dimmer and moodier.

Then, finally, you have full lighting. This is what the average joe is used to, and it’s all practical all the time. Full lighting is meant to help people see clearly regardless of the amount of sunlight available, essentially, and it does this job well, though it does so with no personality, sadly.

Different Lighting Styles