Create personalized living rooms: Tips & ideas for the perfect light mix in the living room

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Lighting Advice &Concepts In The Living Room

To create an effective basic lighting in your living room, you should consider different lighting options:

  1. Ceiling spotlights and pendant luminaires: These should diffuse the light to ensure uniform illumination of the room. Pendant lights are particularly suitable above the dining table and should be placed at a height of 60–70 centimeters above it for optimal lighting [1][2].
  2. LED panels and recessed spotlights: Ideal for suspended ceilings with a cavity of at least 30mm, these luminaires provide a modern and efficient way to illuminate the living room. LED panels are also energy efficient and have a long service life, making them a sustainable choice [1].
  3. Rope systems and light rails: URAil and NanoRail are practical solutions when the power outlet is not centrally located. They allow a flexible arrangement of light sources and can thus be individually adapted to the needs of the room [1].

For basic lighting, it is recommended to use three to five light sources in a 20-square meter living room. The light intensity should be about 100 lumen per square meter. Dimmable bulbs and those with a warm white light colour between 2.700 and 3.300 Kelvin create a cozy atmosphere and contribute to a pleasant living environment [2][4].

Accent lighting: setting highlights

To effectively integrate accent lighting into your living room, you should consider the following points:

  • Highlight specific objects or areas: Use table lamps, spotlights and picture lamps to illuminate specific objects or areas in your living room. These can be placed above or next to the desired highlight to attract attention [1].
  • Locations and types of accent lighting
  1. Reading corner: A floor lamp with flexible neck is ideal for  creating a cozy reading corner. It enables targeted lighting     that facilitates reading [1].
  2. Dining area: A pendant lamp hanging about 60-70 cm above the table is recommended to create a pleasant atmosphere during meals [1].
  3. Living room: Table or wall lamps near the furniture to be highlighted help create an inviting atmosphere [1]. 
  • Light quality and efficiency: LED luminaires are recommended for accent lighting because of their energy efficiency and durability. Warm white light ensures a comfortable living atmosphere. Indirect lighting can also make small rooms appear larger, and the light behind the TV reduces contrast and prevents eye strain [1][4].

These tips will help you to use accent lighting specifically to not only illuminate your living room functionally, but also to make it atmospheric.

Zone lighting: defining functional areas

To effectively define functional areas in your living room, you should strategically use zone lighting:

  • Lighting tips for different living areas

Reading corner

  • To optimally illuminate your reading corner, floor lamps that offer glare-free light are recommended.
  • Position the floor lamps so that the light can be used for reading without dazzling.
  • In addition to the floor lamp, wall lighting can illuminate the reading corner as well as serve as a decorative element.

Indirect lighting

  • LED strips offer a versatile solution for indirect lighting.
  • They can be placed on walls, under furniture or on the ceiling to create a soft light that can visually enlarge rooms.
  • Indirect lighting creates a welcoming and cozy atmosphere in the living room.

Through the targeted application of these lighting techniques, you can not only highlight certain areas of your living room, but also create the right lighting mood for each activity.

Dimmability and flexibility

The flexibility and dimmability of modern lighting systems offer a variety of possibilities to customize the ambience of your living room:

  • Energy efficiency and environmental protection: Dimmable LED lights consume less electricity compared to conventional light bulbs, making them an energy efficient and environmentally friendly choice [6].
    • Reduction of energy costs by dimming the light intensity [8].
    • Extension of the life of the lamps, as they are not constantly operated at full capacity [8].
  • Adaptability:
    • Dimmable luminaires are available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes, which allows them to blend seamlessly into any living room design [6].
    • The ability to adjust the light intensity according to the activity creates the right flair in the room at any time [6].
  • Smart Home Integration:
    • Dimmers can be integrated into smart home systems, allowing control via apps, remote controls or even voice commands [8]
    • Smart home lighting supports the biological day-night rhythm and promotes health and well-being through intelligent additional functions such as geofencing, timer or adaptive dimming [9]. 

Intelligent lighting control

Intelligent lighting control revolutionizes the way we light our homes by putting flexibility and comfort first:

  • Versatile compatibility:
    • Philips Hue light control works seamlessly with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and many more [11].
    • LEDVANCE Smart+ offers a cost-effective alternative that is also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri [11].
    • IKEA Home Smart/TRÅDFRI includes smart bulbs, recessed lights and dimmers that work with popular voice assistants [11].
  • Easy control and automation:
    • Loxone lighting control makes it easy to set up individual scenes and configurations to customize the lighting experience as needed [11].
    • Wireless LEDs and devices that support smart home wireless standards such as ZigBee enable wireless control of lighting [11].
    • Users can control their lighting control via the manufacturer's app to turn lights on and off, change colors, and create scenes [11].
  • Adaptation to lifestyle:
    • Smart home lighting can be installed almost invisibly and creates a pleasant atmosphere in both homes and gardens, controlled by smartphones or voice commands [10].
    • Individual lamps or lighting systems can be started with a few lamps and expanded step by step, whereby compatibility and the ability to add additional components such as smart connectors, switches and motion sensors are important [10].

Conclusion and recommendations

Through the careful selection and combination of different lighting options such as ceiling spotlights, pendant lights, LED panels and specific accent lighting, the living ambience can be designed not only functionally but also atmospheric. Dimmable bulbs and intelligent lighting control systems also offer the flexibility to adapt the light to any situation and thus create the perfect mood.These tailor-made lighting solutions contribute significantly to a pleasant and inviting living space.

The integration of smart home technologies into lighting planning also opens up new ways of interaction and automation, which facilitates our everyday lives and opens up a new dimension of living comfort. The lighting tips and techniques presented illustrate how crucial a well thought-out lighting is for creating a harmonious and functional living space. The ability to control and influence the ambience of a room through light highlights the importance of well-considered lighting and encourages you to fully exploit its potential in your own home.


How to achieve optimal lighting in the living room?
To properly illuminate a living room, you should use a combination of direct and indirect light sources. Avoid flooding with indirect light, as this results in too little shadow casting. Instead, use direct light for activities such as reading, writing or handicrafts.
What kind of lighting should be preferred in the living room?
Warm white light is recommended for the living room. For general lighting, you should choose bulbs with a color temperature of 2.700 to 3.000 Kelvin, as these resemble the light of a traditional incandescent lamp and are perceived as particularly homely.
How to visually enlarge a room by lighting?
To visually increase a low room, you should lighten the ceiling by directing the lighting upwards. Indirect ceiling lighting, for example through slightly suspended ceilings with LED strips, makes the room appear higher and larger.
What are the characteristics of good lighting?
Good lighting is characterized by high energy efficiency and the clever use of natural daylight. However, according to DIN EN 12464-1, the quality of the light should not be impaired in favor of energy consumption.


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