Lighting in a kids’ room is an essential component of the decor. It allows to illuminate and improve the design, highlighting certain areas or items and drawing the child’s attention to them. In such a multi-purpose part of your home as the children’s room, proper organization of lighting raises the young occupant’s mood and spirits. During the day, the space should be filled with sunlight, liveliness and the cheerful noise of children’s games. In the evening, soft artificial lighting will contribute to instilling a more relaxed, peaceful atmosphere.
Importance of natural lighting.
Natural light is undoubtedly optimal for the child, so the kids’ room should be designed in the lightest, most sun-lit room of your US home. A room with windows facing east or south-east is the most suitable. In the morning, sunlight will fill the space creating a positive mood and providing an energy boost for the whole day.
Less suitable for the child is a room facing west, as sunlight will peep into here only in the afternoon, with mornings being dark and obscure. The northern part of your house also requires additional light; here your child will be lacking solar warmth and light, becoming whimsical and distracted.
If there’s insufficient natural light in the kids’ room, try airier and more transparent curtains, and make sure that warm colors prevail in the interior. You will still need artificial light in mornings and evenings, yet the said color solution will make the room seem lighter and cozier.
Artificial lighting: How to arrange it properly?
The main rule to observe when arranging artificial lighting in the kids’ room is: all across the space the lighting should be soft, diffused, uniform. No sharp, too bright light; no dark corners. Only smooth lighting transitions.
The number and position of lamps depends on the size and shape of the room itself. UK and USA designers recommend unanimously that the kids’ space should be split into areas. In correspondence with the child’s age, the room is divided into areas for working, playing and sleeping, and each of them has its own requirements to artificial lighting. Multi-level lighting is the perfect solution:
- The upper-level light is focused on the play area, distant from the source of natural light.
- The middle-level light is concentrated in the center or a corner of the room.
- The lower level is the lighting in the work area, where table lamps are usually used.
- The fourth level is the light over the kid’s bed. Apart from its decorative meaning, an individual bed-lamp with adjustable light intensity is able to create an intimate atmosphere in the sleeping area, which is especially important for teens.
The play area should receive the most intensive lighting. Place a bright light source right above it, as your child will be spending much time here. If the play area is found in a corner of the room, try the idea of a two-level ceiling. Hang a chandelier above the said area, while the rest of the room can be lit with small built-in halogen lamps. For long and narrow rooms, a nice idea is to place a row of several ceiling lamps to illuminate not only the play area, but the rest of the room as well.
In a shared room for two or three children, the lighting should be arranged in a way to clearly separate the areas for working, resting and playing. When one child is busy doing his or her homework, the other may be going to bed. The light from the lamp on the writing table should not prevent someone in the sleeping area from proper rest.
For small rooms, the trendy perimeter lighting solution is great. Mount small halogen lamps around the perimeter of the space – they will emit soft, diffused light, creating the most favorable lighting conditions for your child’s evening or morning activities. A delightful bonus is that such a solution also expands the space. In a rather tiny kids’ room, employ wall lamps, for the light they emit can be directed to a particular area.
Choosing lamps for the kids room: hints.
- The light emitted by the lamp shouldn’t be too bright or too dull. For optimal brightness, use LED light fixtures delivering 9 to 13 watts.
- Avoid fluorescent lamps, as their flickering is harmful to the eyes.
- The lamp shade should be large enough to shield the light bulb. Otherwise the light will be dazzling your child, producing a negative impact on his or her vision.
- If the fixture has a metal lamp shade, be sure to place it beyond the kid’s reach. Metal is quick to heat up, and children can burn themselves.
- The light bulbs you put into the light fixtures shouldn’t be colored. Any paint is a hindrance for the light flux; it dulls up the lighting, making your child strain his or her eyes.
- The material the lamp shade is made of should be safe. If the lamp shade is plastic, make sure there is some space between it and the light bulb, otherwise the plastic may begin to heat up and melt, emitting toxic agents and causing a risk of fire.
- Don’t opt for too massive or too expensive chandeliers and lamps. Avoid glass and other fragile materials. Children tend to be fond of active games, including ball ones, so they may accidentally hit and break such a light fixture.
- One more reason why chandeliers with cut-glass or mirror elements aren’t good for kids’ rooms lies in the flecks of light they create.
- Better safe than sorry, so observe all safety requirements. If your child is a toddler, place all lamps beyond his or her reach. Hide switches and wall outlets under special plastic panels.
- The night-time lighting will be fine addition.
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