Diverse & harmonious: tips for optimum lighting in the living room
The living room is the heart of every home. We want to spend a pleasant time in it and feel completely comfortable. The right lighting plays a crucial role in this. But living room lighting should not only create atmosphere but also be flexible – after all, the room is used for a variety of purposes: for reading, relaxing, watching television or simply for socialising. To meet all these requirements, several things need to be taken into account in lighting design.
The basis of lighting design: solid basic lighting in the living room
First, you should install sufficiently bright background lighting in the living room - it provides the necessary orientation in the room. While we recommend brighter light for kitchen and bathroom, 100 lumens per square metre is sufficient as a basis in the living room. As far as the colour is concerned, the choice should be warm white temperatures of 2700 to 3000 Kelvin as they create a cosy atmosphere in the room.
No matter whether you prefer classic or modern: stylish hanging lamps are a beautiful eye-catcher in every living room. When installing them, make sure they are placed in the middle of the room if possible, to achieve uniform illumination. We also recommend a translucent lampshade made of glass or light-coloured fabric - this diffuses the light rather than simply radiating it downwards.
LED panels are another popular option for basic lighting in the living room. Their simple design blends pleasantly unobtrusively into the room ambience – and in combination with a dimmer, the energy-efficient luminaires become real all-rounders. If your living room has a suspended ceiling, recessed spots are also an alternative for ambient lighting.
More light: how to design lighting zones in the living room
Next up are the zones of the living room that require supplementary lighting: This could be the reading corner with your favourite armchair or the area around the sofa and coffee table - the parts of the room that are used particularly frequently. Floor luminaires can be used here to create small islands of light. These not only serve a practical purpose but also accentuate the room, creating a harmonious overall impression.
Where you want to use lighting for reading, direct, glare-free light is required.
A warm-white colour temperature of around 3000 Kelvin is normally adequate – but where reading calls for concentration, you should opt for cooler 5300 Kelvin: In this way, you relieve the strain on your eyes and increase alertness. If space is limited, a reading lamp on the wall is also a solution. With the Gira Plug & Light spotlights, you receive the light directly from the socket-outlet - and can direct it at your book thanks to stop-free rotating magnetic attachments. The highlight: there are various attachments for Gira Plug & Light - including a floodlight - so that you can switch between the attachments depending on the situation in order to achieve different lighting effects.
Decorative lighting accents: Making living room lighting cosy
As well as functional lighting, decorative lighting should also be used selectively in the living room. This allows you to set exciting accents and create an atmospheric ambience. Indirect light is perceived as soft and gentle and therefore has a particularly harmonious effect on us. LED strips glued under furniture throw their light back into the room via the floor. Whether under the sofa, sideboard or bookcase - there are no limits to your creativity.
Use table lamps to draw attention to smaller design objects or vases. On the wall, your favourite photos or paintings can be wonderfully highlighted with spots or picture lights. Incidentally, an extra light source makes sense even near the television. It softens the strong brightness contrasts of the screen and balances its cold colour temperature.
Pretty smart: This is how convenient lighting control in your living room can be
As the centre of your home, the living room serves a variety of purposes - depending on the occasion, different lighting is required. If you are sitting together with family or friends, the lighting should be stimulatingly bright but still cosy. If a movie night is on the cards, on the other hand, home theatre atmosphere is the order of the day - it may be dim there.
With a smart lighting control system, you can switch between settings in seconds. Save your individual preferences and call up the respective scenario simply by voice command. So with "Alexa, end of the day", your living room will be ready to relax after a stressful day in no time. Alternatively, you can also control the lighting via app or switch.
To network your lighting units smartly with each other, you need the appropriate technology. If there is no wired KNX system in your house, a wireless solution, such as the Gira eNet SMART HOME can be retrofitted very easily. So, nothing stands in the way of unlimited comfort.
With the right lighting, your living room becomes an oasis of well-being. A harmonious lighting concept ensures cosiness and can be flexibly adapted to different requirements.
So, you can always make optimum use of the heart of your home – even if you just want to put your feet up in peace.
What kind of lighting will make your living room really cosy? We look forward to your comments.