Find The Best Living Room Lighting Ideas

The living room is the center of every home and is used in many ways. Whether for reading an exciting book, meeting friends or relaxing with a great movie. Thanks to modern LED technology, the right lighting for a homely atmosphere can be achieved for every scenario. Here you can find tips and ideas for a beautiful lighting in your living room.

Beautiful light in the living room

In many homes, the living room is the most versatile room. Also the lighting should be just as diverse. The best way to achieve this is to use different light sources. This way, you can switch on the appropriate light depending on the desired mood and activity.

However it is not only the number of used LED lamps that is important for homely lighting. The color temperature and brightness also have a great influence on how comfortable the light feels. The light should be much brighter for concentrated reading than for watching TV.

Types of lighting in the living room

Since the introduction of LED technology, there are a variety of new types of lights available for all imaginable applications. However, these can basically be divided into the following categories:

  • Basic lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Decorative lighting
  • Direct and indirect lighting

Basic lighting is also referred to as general lighting and is intended to provide uniform and and shadow-free illumination of the living room. This is primarily achieved using classic ceiling lights.

With accent lighting, you can additionally highlight individual areas of the living room. Spotlights, wall lights or ceiling washlights can be used to illuminate individual walls, pictures or furniture in a specific direction.

Decorative lighting are illuminated decorative items such as vases, figurines or other objects. Placed in the appropriate place in the living room, these are a beautiful eye-catcher.

All lights that radiate their light directly into the living room are direct light. If the light is beamed to the ceiling and walls, it is indirect lighting. A classic example are ceiling washlights, which create an atmospheric ambience with their soft light.

Appropriate lights for your living room

With a mix of different LED lamps you can achieve a versatile lighting for your living room. While it should be nice and bright for eating or reading, you can turn on the cozy dim light for watching TV. You can combine the following lights for an optimal living room lighting:

  • Ceiling lighting
  • Recessed spots
  • Pendant lights
  • Floor lamps
  • Wall lighting
  • Reading lamps

Living room ceiling lights

Ceiling lighting provides the basic brightness in the living room. For this purpose, LED ceiling lights or pendant lights can be installed on the living room ceiling. The number of lights used depends on the size and layout of the room as well as on your own taste. So you can install one bright light in the center of the room or use several lights in different positions.

For living rooms up to about 200ft², a ceiling light mounted in the center of the room is often recommended. For larger rooms, several lights are often advantageous, especially if they can be switched individually. For example, one light can be mounted in the sofa area and a second light above the dining area.

Recessed spotlights in the living room

Recessed spotlights are an alternative to classic ceiling lights. These are mounted at the desired distance in the living room ceiling. For recessed spots, however, there must be a cavity in the ceiling or it must be suspended for this purpose.

Recessed spotlights with LED technology are available in countless variants. Some spots can be swiveled to a certain angle, for example, to highlight the wall or a picture. However, the main advantage of recessed spots is the very uniform illumination of the living room.

Pendant lights and hanging lamps

A modern LED pendant lamp is very nice for lighting the dining table inside the living room. Pendant lights are mainly mounted directly above the table (dining table or coffee table). Here they look very well and no one runs under the lamp, which could bump into it. Pendant lamps are available in many modern designs.

Floor lamps and uplighters

Floor lamps often provide a combination of direct and indirect light. Torchieres emit their light mainly towards the living room ceiling. This makes both lights a great addition for accent lighting in the living room. In addition to floor lamps, there are also table lamps, which achieve a similar effect. These can be placed on a sideboard, for example.

Reading lamp in the living room

Reading requires a lot of effort from the eyes, so good lighting for reading is very important. Normal room lighting is rather unsuitable for longer reading time. This emits its light over a large area, so only a small amount of light reaches the small area of a book page.

For regular reading, it is therefore always advisable to use a directional light source. This can be a separate reading lamp or an overhead floodlight with a separate arm with an integrated reading lamp. The light should preferably fall on the book from the side without dazzling. A reading lamp should produce a luminous flux of around 350 – 400 lumens.

Wall lighting

With wall lights you can set great accents in the living room. These can be installed either alone on a bare wall or in combination, for example, with a picture or decorative item. If the light color of the wall lights still differs from the ceiling lighting, they come even more to the fore and can provide an atmospheric ambience.

Indirect lighting in the living room

With indirect light you can create great effects in the living room. Here the light does not shine directly into the room, but against the wall or ceiling. The light reflected there has a pleasantly soft effect and is a nice addition to the ceiling lighting.

With RGB LED strips you can easily create an indirect living room lighting. For this purpose, the LED strips are mounted behind an anti-glare edge on the wall or ceiling. With the colorful LED strips you can also set all imaginable colors to match the mood.

Optimal lighting specifications

In addition to the different lights and their individual characteristics, the light color and its color rendering quality are also important.

What brightness?

The brightness for the living room lighting is basically a matter of taste. If you still have lamps with old halogen technology in use, you can use their brightness as a guide when switching to LED technology. You can convert the old wattage into the LED lumen value.

Which color temperature?

The light color (color temperature) determines how the light is perceived. For a cozy light in the living room, a warm white color temperature of 2700 Kelvin is recommended. For a reading lamp, neutral white light of about 3500 Kelvin is more suitable, as it is less tiring on the eyes.

Color rendering quality

The color rendering index describes how natural the colors of the illuminated environment appear. For many luminaires, this value is indicated on the packaging with the abbreviation Ra or CRI. For luminaires in the trade, a minimum value of Ra 80 is specified, where the colors already appear very natural. Whether you need better color rendering with a higher Ra value for your own luminaires is a matter of taste.


The perfect lighting in the living room is achieved mainly through a mix of different lights. With a combination of LED ceiling light, wall light and ceiling floodlight with adjustable brightness, you can set the right light for every scenario in your living room. With the tips presented here, you have a good overview of how you can set the scene for your living room lighting.