How do I use bedroom lighting to set the mood?

Choose dimming lights for your bedroom. Common bedroom lighting choices include ceiling fans with lights, sconces, recessed lighting, portable lamps, and chandeliers. The key is to choose a lightbulb that you can dim or brighten according to your preference. Get a wall or remote control to set the mood with lighting - without interrupting anything else going on.

Anna Lee, The Lighting Lady, Certified Lighting Expert at Hansen Wholesale

Anna Lee Lights it Up!

By Anna Lee,
the Lighting Lady
Certified Residential Lighting Specialist
at Hansen Wholesale

Anna Lee the Lighting Lady has some tips to get love this Valentine's Day - and keep it coming back for more. Saucy! So listen up, her lighting tips here, setting the mood with lighting, might just save your night... And your day.

How to Set the Mood with Bedroom Lighting

February 13th, 2017

Since it's that time of year when we are all thinking about love and hearts, and sweet treats, and hmm hmm... Let's call it, "quality time alone with our hubby" (or wifey - or significant others). It's a good time to address how to set the mood. Lighting is the answer. This applies to any room, but for the sake of the season, let's start with the bedroom.

In my home, Valentine's Day is always a special day. Yes, we show our love year round, but we love to celebrate everything, especially LOVE! (Did you notice how many times I used LOVE in that sentence?) If it's Valentine's Day or any day you want to stay in a peaceful state or improve your mood, setting the right lighting makes all the difference.

My bedroom is like that of most American households. It has an electrical source in the middle of my ceiling and outlets around the perimeter. In the ceiling I chose a ceiling fan/light combo. A ceiling fan in the bedroom is the best possible choice to start your lighting scheme. Most ceiling fan/light combinations come with either a wall control or remote. These controls allow you to change air speed, blade direction and most importantly, the lighting level. I chose a remote control so that I don't have to get out of bed to make the room more comfortable with breeze or lights. In fact, we have two remotes for the same fan, one on each bed stand. (Keeping the peace, of course! Ha!)

I also have a portable light on each side of the bed. Each has a three-way light bulb so that I can change the light brightness at the switch. There are other configurations with this type of electrical set up. To name a few: flush mount and wall sconces, chandelier and lamps, semi-flush and torchiere. Whatever type of light(s) you choose for your bedroom, make sure you have a way to change the light levels. The most common options are wall switch, switch on the fixture, and remote control.

To set the Mood for a more relaxing, romantic hue, set your fan/light to brightness level Two. If you only have high, medium, low, then choose low. Or, set your lamps at low and your ceiling fan light off. If you have a chandelier, set it to the second lowest level and no other lights on. If you have a flush mount or semi-flush, use only your lamps on the low setting.

The right lighting level can relax you or invigorate you. It can give you confidence (wink, wink) and can lull you into a state of calm and serenity. Play with the different levels of light that work for you. See what works for yourself and any other person in the room with you. Make an effort to enjoy the benefits of different light levels. You might find that proper lighting makes a difference in your mood, and your sleep. This can help your alertness, and quite possibly your relationship. It may even have a positive impact on your health.

Whatever you choose to do on Valentine's Day - or any other day, please use these tips. Find the right lighting level for you and yours. I hope you can reap the benefits lighting can give you for good health and happiness.

I hope I helped to enlighten you!

- Anna Lee, the Lighting Lady
Certified Residential Lighting Specialist, Hansen Wholesale