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Tips for Proper Lighting in a Children’s Room

Choose lighting wisely with your child's best interest in mind

Children spend most of their time in their bedroom playing, studying or reading, so it’s only natural that the room must have plenty of light. The brighter the room, the better for the health of your kids’ eyes.

What’s more, the placement of lighting has a huge role in children’s development. However, choosing the proper lighting for your kids’ room is not an easy task.

Bright light in child's room
Proper lighting in your child's room plays an important role
in child's health and vision.

Natural Light is the Best

The best thing you can do is make sure that your kids have plenty of natural light. That’s why you should consider giving them a room on the east or south-east side of your house – if you have one there - since they can benefit a lot from the morning sun. They will wake up early, form healthy habits, and have a healthy lifestyle. When a child is deprived of natural light, they tend to get moody and distracted. However, sometimes you can’t do much about the location of the room, so you’ll have to add some artificial lighting as well.

Allow natural light in
Wherever practically possible, use natural light in your child's room,
to make the most of the morning or afternoon sun.

Choose the Lighting Wisely

When you start considering artificial lighting for your children’s room, remember that soft light should be even through the space. Avoid lighting that is too bright, but go for a smooth transitions. The number of lightning fixtures and the areas you will install them in will depend on the size of the room. Since this room is usually divided in playing, working and recreational zones, lighting solutions should be placed accordingly.

Children's bedroom lights
There are numerous light choices available for your children room

Try to install overhead light above the area dedicated to playing, as there’s usually not a lot of natural light here. Illuminate this area very well since children will spend most of their time here. Ceiling lamps could be a great choice for this area. Recreational area should be in the central part of the room, so at least one wall should have a working light, and the other one should be light free. Table lamps and DIY lights are the best choice for the working area. You can easily install modern DIY lighting yourself, without an electrician, so make sure you consider it as well.

Street-lamp like light
Allow your child to be imaginative with his/her room walls and lighting

Stay Safe

Safety should always come first. That’s why you should be extra careful when choosing lighting solutions for your kids’ room, since kids can get careless and hurt themselves if they get in contact with electricity. Therefore, make sure you install everything properly. Avoid using long wires and pay extra attention to the location of outlets. Since kids run around all the time, and spend a lot of time on the floor, don’t buy floor lamps. Kids can easily trip and fall over the lamp, which can be dangerous. Replace portable lamps with attachable ones, and place them on the wall. Kids’ lamps or pendant lamps can be a good alternative for regular lamps.

Be safety conscious with child room lights
Your children's room lights should always be kid-friendly and temper-proof

Further, all lamps should be safe and as kid-friendly as possible, because kids can easily get their hands on wires or light bulbs. Invest in outlets that are protected by plastic caps, and make sure to place them somewhere where children won’t be able to reach them easily.

Providing your children with appropriate lighting in their room is essential. Not only will it emphasize the entire decor, but it will be beneficial for your children’s development as well. Therefore, choose the lighting wisely and keep your child’s best interest in mind. It’s crucial that children are provided with sufficient amount of light playing, reading or resting. Don’t forget to secure all the outlets, hide away all the cords and keep your children’s room properly illuminated and hazard free.

All above images courtesy of Creative Commons and Pixabay

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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