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Living room ceiling lights

The living room is the central room of the house, the real living room where family or friends meet, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Lighting plays a major role in the atmosphere of your living room. Temperature of the light, choice of the luminaire(s), number of lighting points... every detail is important to make you feel really comfortable in your living room, as much for reading or watching television as for entertaining.

Why choose a living room ceiling light?

The choice of your luminaire depends on many factors. First of all, it depends on the size of your living room. The larger the room, the more lighting it requires. As a general rule, in a living room, you will find central lighting, small or large living room ceiling lights, and light points (wall sconces or table lamps).

At Côté Lumière, you will find all sizes of modern ceiling lights for living room. Depending on the size of your living room, choose the most suitable model. For a large living room, for example, a ceiling light with a diameter or length of 90 cm successfully provides the main lighting of the room.

Are you hesitating between a ceiling light and a suspension? First of all, you should know that at the moment, in the latest lighting trend, the living room ceiling light is winning all the votes. It perfectly combines aesthetics and practicality.

The suspension and the ceiling lamp have one thing in common: they both radiate a strong light evenly throughout the room. However, the suspension has a slight disadvantage compared to the ceiling light.

Indeed, the most common suspension has a semi-open shade that creates a shadow, and above all directs the light more downwards. The ceiling light, on the other hand, does not create an obstacle to the light, which diffuses everywhere, above and below, and is therefore reflected by the ceiling, for even more luminosity.

As its name suggests, it is hung from the ceiling. A feature that is much appreciated by tall people, who don't have to bend their heads down to move around the living room without bumping into the luminaire. The choice of ceiling light is all the more relevant if your living room does not have a high ceiling.

Indeed, a ceiling light rarely goes down to more than 40 cm for the largest models. It averages around 20 cm. It is fixed to the ceiling, not suspended. Not only do you not bump into it, but you also avoid knocking it down or breaking it because you have jostled it.

What style of ceiling light should I choose?

Ceiling light and living room design must match. It is by remaining consistent that you will create a true harmony in your living room. The ceiling light must be part of the decoration, without altering the style.

The design ceiling light

For example, in an industrial style salon, an industrial salon ceiling light will be quite appropriate. Côté Lumière offers a wide selection of designer salon ceiling lights. From wooden lounge ceiling lamp with spotlights to LED lounge ceiling lamp, you can be sure to find the ceiling lamp that perfectly suits your decor to bring warm light to your living room. All materials are represented: ceiling lights made of wood, plastic, aluminum or brass, or glass or crystal.

LED Ceiling Light

If the ceiling light has been making a strong comeback recently, it is because it has been able to ride the wave of technological innovation. The modern living room ceiling light does not consume a lot of energy, yet still provides maximum light. LED bulbs are gradually replacing halogen and incandescent bulbs, which are much more energy consuming and much less environmentally friendly.

The LED living room ceiling light consumes 6 times less energy than a ceiling light with incandescent bulb. With its built-in LED bulbs, it provides you with the same lighting, while saving on your electricity bill.

The ceiling light with dimmer

Many models of ceiling lights are now modular, which means that you can vary their light intensity according to the ambience you want to create. To read quietly in your sofa, create a subdued and serene atmosphere. Conversely, to do crossword puzzles, or to play with your children, a good, more dynamic lighting is more suitable.

Another innovation that simplifies life: home automation. You now have the possibility to connect your ceiling light to your home automation system. All you have to do is use your remote control or smartphone to control your lighting. You can turn the light on or off, but also adjust its intensity remotely.

What kind of lighting is needed in a living room?

We don't necessarily think about it, and yet it is the number one rule of lighting: for each room there is a specific lighting. You can't light your kitchen like your living room, dining room or bedroom.

You already need to know that a successful lighting is a lighting in which you highlight an element, which is bound to catch the eye. It can be a piece of furniture, your sofa for example, or a particular space such as a reading corner. As a result, when you enter the room, you are directly attracted by this element.

To succeed with your lighting, you have two factors to master: the power of the light (brightness) and its color (cold white light or warm light). And to combine all this, you must also take into account your style of decoration. A living room with white walls and broken white armchairs and sofas does not reflect light as a living room with dark walls, or with a lot of woodwork and dark furnishings.

Lighting power

The living room is the room that stays lit the longest every day. For this reason, it is preferable to use energy-efficient lighting if you want to control your electricity bill. Now it's up to you to play with the different points of light to reach the lighting level sufficient for a living room, i.e. 300 lux.

But what is 300 lux? Until a few years ago, the criterion for choosing a light bulb was the watt, which corresponds to the consumption of electricity for a certain light output. But since then the new bulbs have changed that. Compact fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs can provide the same light output, but without using the same number of watts.

That's why you shouldn't rely on watts to design your living room lighting. On the packaging of light bulbs, you can read the number of lux or sometimes the number of lumens the bulb produces.

The lumen is the unit of measurement for the luminous flux of your light bulb, the amount of light it emits. By dividing the number of lumens by the number of square meters of your living room, you will know how many lux you get. And conversely, to find out how much light output is needed in your living room, multiply the area of your living room by 300 lux.

Similarly, if you want to determine how many light points are needed, divide the recommended 300 lux by the number of lux of your bulb, and round up. For example, 300 lux divided by 40 lux of a LED bulb is equal to 3.5, or 4 light points.

The color of light

The color of the light plays a big part in the atmosphere of the room. Three colors are commonly found on the market. Cool white, neutral white and warm white.

This time, on the label of the bulb, it is the number of Kelvin you will have to check. Kelvin (K) is the unit of measurement for the temperature of light.

It works the opposite of a thermometer. Indeed, the higher the number of kelvins, the colder the light. The higher it rises above 5300K, the more dynamic it is, and the more it pulls towards the blue. It is used in an office space, for the kitchen worktop or in a dressing room.

Between 4000 and 5000K, this is called neutral white. Neither cold nor hot, this is a mild temperature.

The more we go below 4000K, the hotter the temperature is, is pulled towards orange. You arrive in the warm, intimate and restful colors. For a living room, a lighting between 2500K and 3500K is recommended.

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