Tips on Making your Bedroom More Relaxing with Light
C’mon fess up.
Your bedroom is hardly the safe haven you wanted it to be. Heck, you even often have difficulty sleeping. And worse, you are at a loss as to what to do.
But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
In this post, we’ll show you:
- How to turn your bedroom into the safe haven you deserve using LED lights
- How to promote a healthy sleeping environment in your bedroom
So let’s dive right in.
Cool and Warm Colour Temperatures
The majority of incandescent bulbs come in only one colour, but that’s not the case with LED bulbs. LED light bulbs such as E27 and B22 bulbs can be purchased in different colour temperatures.
While each colour temperature offers you the chance to customize your bedroom’s light in different ways, not all colour temperatures are suitable for bedrooms. Most people like to use warm white LED bulbs in their bedrooms. These bulbs have a colour temperature in the range of 2700 – 3000K and are perfect for creating a relaxing ambience, which is so important to help you wind down after a busy day.
Here are two reasons why warm light works well for bedrooms and living rooms:
- Warm light creates a lot of warmth and make spaces seem cozier and relaxing.
- Warm light can also help effectively highlight architectural details such as decorations due to its ability to spotlight embossing, colours, and textures
Avoid using bright white or daylight LED bulbs in your bedroom. Bright white LED bulbs have a colour temperature in the range of 4,000 – 5,000K and daylight LED bulbs in the range of 5,000 to 6,500K
Both these types of LED bulbs are associated with a less cozy and more energetic feel and hence are unsuitable for use in bedrooms and living rooms, where you would like to a create a relaxing atmosphere. Bright white LED bulbs work best for work spaces (like a garage or home office) and kitchens. On the other hand, Daylight LEDs are more suitable for reading, working, or applying makeup.
Want to Enjoy a Good Night’s Sleep? Use High-quality LED Light Bulbs
By now you know warm white LED bulbs are ideal for bedrooms. But did you know that not all warm white LED bulbs are made equal?
Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of an LED bulb gives you an idea about the quality of light emitted by it. CRI of an LED bulb is measured on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the rating, the better the quality of light, with 100 representing daylight.
LED bulbs with CRI rating of 90 and above emit the most balanced light. Anything below 90 is a compromise, one which you might not want to make, at least when it comes to bedroom lighting. That’s because LED bulbs with a CRI rating of less than 90 emit a considerable of blue light, which is disruptive to a good night’s sleep.
Research shows that blue light disrupts sleep. That’s because it makes us more attentive and alert. Also, blue light has a negative effect on the production of a hormone that plays a vital role in sleep — melatonin.
However, that’s not all what artificial blue light does. Prolonged exposure to artificial blue light can also cause eye strain and headaches. In short, minimize your exposure to it as much as possible, especially at night.
Some of the main sources of artificial blue light are electronic devices, digital screens, and LED lighting. But keep in mind that while poor quality LED light bulbs may emit a considerable amount of blue light, high-quality LED light bulbs produce a very balanced light. That means you can minimize your exposure to blue light and still enjoy the benefits of LED lighting by using CRI90+ LED light bulbs.
For this reason, we advise you to use CRI90+ LED light bulbs, at least in your bedroom.
Another thing you can do if you spend much of the night tossing and turning in your bed is to install a red LED light bulb in your bedroom.
Research shows that while blue light is bad for sleep, red light doesn’t have a negative effect. Red light, in contrast to blue light, doesn’t disrupt melatonin production — and by extension, your sleep.
- Install warm white LED bulbs in your bedroom. They promote a relaxing and cozy atmosphere and also help highlight architectural details
- Use high-quality LED bulbs (CRI 90+) to minimize exposure to blue light which is bad for your sleep. And if are having trouble falling sleep, consider installing a red LED bulb in your bedroom.