If you've already poured over our previous articles on Lighting for the Living Room and LED Lighting Ideas for the Kitchen, then you should by now have a fairly good understanding of how to choose the right LED strip and accessories for you.
The bedroom is one of the more sacred areas of the home and it's natural that we'd want it to feel as snug as possible. Again, this comes down to personal preference, whether or not you want LED down-lights or traditional LED strip lighting. Typically, however, we want a room to be bright throughout the day, with options to dim in the evening.
Traditionally, the bedroom remains quite uniform, with the use of table-side lamps for both partners and perhaps a dimmer or cove lighting for the surrounds. We can shake things up a little by prioritising for particular areas.
LED lighting often works best when it's being used discretely. There's no need to have a strip fully showing and potentially creating spotting issues, when you could go for installing it within a recess or behind furniture, where it can bounce light off a wall. The headboard could be considered a good opportunity for this. Installing our LED tape onto an aluminium flat bar or a profile will not only help to dissipate heat, it will also provide a smooth surface for prolonged life expectancy. As we consider the headboard area to act much in the same way as the lamps we mentioned, we would therefore consider something with a low wattage per metre, just for the purpose of creating mood, while providing enough light for you to still be able to sit up and read a book or magazine.
This is where decisions are made and what better way to open up your cupboard space than to install our RGB/RGBW Down-light Modules, which are paired to a DMX 512 Controller. If you are using Home Automation hardware, such as the Lutron Homeworks QS, these lights can be successfully operated via this route. These modules can also be mounted onto a ceiling mount or U-bracket, for optimal positioning, allowing the light to be directed as you wish.
Should you wish for something a little simpler, which forgoes the more complicated DMX route, you could otherwise consider an LED strip and install it within the corners of your wardrobe area, or along its inside roof. Again, it would be best advised that should you choose this method, you consider aluminium profiles for more effective housing. Something along the lines of 120 LEDs per metre would be ideal.
The one thing that we're going to take extra note of for this article is the selection of LED drivers. With so many power supplies out there, each being made up of very specific components and therefore priced differently for various budgets, you may notice slight behavioural differences between them.
With the bedroom being the most intimate area of the home, silence is key to enjoying a good night's rest. It's for this reason that when selecting your LED Driver, you think less about your budget and more about comfort. For instance, our IP20 Non-Dimmable Range, while attractively priced, come with the caveat being that they do tend to generate more noise in the form of humming. If these open chassis models are installed close by, even behind a dry wall or a ceiling, they may prove to be too nagging for some. We would then suggest playing it safe by considering our Premium Series Range.
That's just a few ideas when it comes to lighting for the bedroom. As always, our team is happy to help with any questions you might have. You can call us directly on 020 3322 9192 or, if your installation is likely to be a large job, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org