Bedroom lighting ideas

18 June 2024

Your bedroom can also act as a space for other activities like dressing or reading, but you should primarily focus your lighting on achieving maximum serenity without compromising on style.

Most bedrooms have a main ceiling light and bedside lamps — and how you use them will make all the difference in getting the most relaxing bedroom lights possible. 

Bed, painting, plant, and curtains washed in purple smart light in a bedroom

Choose a wake-up lamp

A bedside light is not only functional, but it can help you wake up better and go to sleep more peacefully. Having a smart bedside table lamp means you can tailor the lighting to your individual sleep and wake schedule.

Bright idea: The Twilight sleep and wake-up light was designed to support your body's natural circadian rhythm, making it an ideal bedside lamp. It features one-touch sleep automations, ColorCast technology for the ultimate decor, and two light sources to get just the right dose of light.

Bed, painting, plant, and curtains washed in purple smart light in a bedroom

Add additional bedroom lighting types

When it comes to lighting your bedroom for the best relaxation, you're not only limited to overhead and bedside table lamps. Add a floor lamp to bring gentle glows to darker corners — the Signe gradient floor lamp offers a beautiful wash of color. If you love that vintage look, Filament Edison-style bulbs look chic without a lampshade and can be dimmed down to a low glow.

For the best indirect lighting, add ambiance gradient lightstrips around the headboard, under the bed, or anywhere else a subtle glow of light would look best.

Don't forget bedroom ceiling lights

Overhead lights in the bedroom can be practical when it's time to get up and go, but because they're functional, they won't always help you settle down before bed. If you opt to use your overhead lighting, a ceiling panel light (we like the Datura ceiling panel !) offers a diffused glow that can dim down low.

Bright idea: If you're looking to improve your kids' bedroom lighting  add a Philips Hue motion sensor with a smart light. This gives children a sense of security — and confidence — when they wake up at night.

Add smart accessories

Smart accessories let you control the lights without having to open the app. You can set any Philips Hue accessory to turn on certain scenes at certain times. Getting up in the middle of the night? Program the smart button next to your bed to turn on your bedside lamp to the nightlight scene. When morning comes, that same button can turn the lights on to a bright, cheerful hue. Want to dim and brighten the room quickly? Turning on a dimmer switch will do the trick!

Bed, painting, plant, and curtains washed in purple smart light in a bedroom

Mood lighting for the bedroom

Light with higher kelvin (K) is best used to help you feel more awake and focused, while light with lower kelvin is better for relaxing. You're probably familiar with this concept from your smartphone, with "night mode" now a popular feature. This feature has become so widespread because blue light suppresses melatonin, and when we expose ourselves to blue light at night, our sleeping pattern can get disturbed.

Want to go to sleep more peacefully? Use warm, golden light around bedtime. And if you have to turn the lights on in the middle of the night, keep them warm and red-toned — this excludes that melatonin-suppressing blue light.

Want to wake up in a better mood? Create a Wake up automation that rouses you by gently brightening the lights, which has been shown to improve mood.

Want to be more alert? Automate your lights to switch to bright, cool light. Good morning!

Because light color can have such an impact on our health, it's a good idea to incorporate color lights in your bedroom. This way, you can set any mood you want!

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness