The lighting of the children’s room depends on the age of the child and is determined by existing norms, the main rules of which are the creation of a comfortable atmosphere and light that is pleasing to the eye. A children’s room for a child is a small world that needs pleasant and harmonious lighting. Lamps in the children’s room should not only be beautifully decorated, their correct arrangement and compliance with sanitary standards are also important, which will create coziness and good conditions for the child’s stay in the room.
Room for a newborn
A newborn baby does not need bright lighting, because he does not need to do homework or read books. All that is needed for a baby is uniform light without sharp accents. It is convenient to equip a newborn’s room not with a bulky chandelier on the full ceiling, which will be responsible for lighting the entire space, but with small spotlights that allow you to easily adjust the lighting using backlighting.
Consider that the baby is almost constantly looking up, so the light from the lamps should not hit his eyes.
The area of the changing table should be the most lit area of the baby’s nursery, so that the mother can examine in detail the skin, eyes and other parts of the child’s body that require special care. For this purpose, you can hang a children’s lamp on the wall above the place of the changing table. In the dark, there must be a night light that will allow you to change a diaper without turning on the main light.
A child’s room from 1 year to preschool age
After a year, the child begins to actively explore the world, and for this he may need good lighting. After picking up his first book, a preschooler should be able to see the letters without straining the eyes. It is recommended to divide the room for preschool children into zones with the help of lamps.
- The sleeping area should be the least illuminated. Soft light will help the child to settle comfortably in bed and wake up easily in the morning, without being woken up by the harsh lighting of the central chandelier.
- The play area can be lit by a children’s ceiling lamp, preferably with matte shades to create diffused light. The child will surely like it if a colorful chandelier with some fairy-tale characters is installed in his room.
- The study area may require more local lighting, for example with a table lamp.
Despite the fact that the child is still young, he is already starting to draw his first letters and often draws, so it is important to provide him with a well-lit space.
For a schoolchild who spends most of his time outside the house and is in his room most often in the mornings and evenings, when the natural light source is unable to provide the required level of illumination, it is important to choose lamps with bright, but not harsh light.
The table must be equipped with a lamp in which the angle of inclination can be easily changed. The color of the shade of the children’s table lamp should be calm. Too bright shades will only distract the child’s attention from lessons. There are also certain requirements for the base of the lamp. It should be matte, as a shiny base will create reflections from the light bulb shining on it. Read about the choice of table lamps for schoolchildren in this article.
In no case should the central chandelier be crystal or have striking decorative elements, as it may simply not withstand the load during moving games, when, for example, a ball gets into it. It is better to give preference to lamps close to the ceiling.
The frosted glass of the selected lamp will help to avoid glare and will gently spread the light around the room.
It should also be taken into account who lives in the room, a boy or a girl. The style of the chandelier depends on this. For example, children’s lamps for a boy can be designed in the form of an airplane or a rudder.
The chandelier located in the central part of the ceiling can be replaced by easy-to-use spotlights. These designs are evenly distributed over the entire ceiling area and illuminate even the most cozy corners. This option is most effective for children’s rooms of a large area.
Lighting in the evening and at night
Children are often afraid of the dark and demand that their parents leave the lamp on at night. But the brightness of ordinary lamps (table, floor) can prevent the child from falling asleep peacefully, so special night lights will be the best solution. In addition to the functional component, such lamps have an attractive appearance. They can be made in the form of cartoon characters or funny animals.
The night lamp can be made in one of two ways:
- with power from the socket,
- battery powered.
A night light with a plug on the reverse side requires a close location to the bed of the outlet, since without it it simply will not light up. A night light with batteries can be attached anywhere. It is enough to insert the power elements and press it (or a special button).
The power of the night light should be selected in such a way that it is too large or too small. The first option will irritate the eyes, and the second can create shadows on the walls that frighten children. If the children’s room is equipped with a children’s wall lamp or sconce next to the bed, then it can well play the role of a night light, if it is equipped with a rheostat switch.
Choice of light bulbs
Choosing the type of light bulbs for lighting a nursery is a matter of taste. You can use both traditional incandescent lamps, in which soft light helps to create a pleasant atmosphere for the child, and more modern energy-saving lamps. The second case requires a certain approach to choosing a light bulb based on color temperature.
The main thing to remember when choosing light bulbs for a children’s room is to give preference to higher-quality models from proven manufacturers. Very often, cheap analogues sin with too high pulsation, which causes increased fatigue. Daylight bulbs also put a lot of strain on the eyes, so they should also be avoided.
Safety in the children’s room above all else. It is necessary to ensure it in all possible ways. Even at the stage of designing future lighting, care should be taken to ensure that children cannot reach the lighting devices with their grippy hands. If you want to hang a children’s pendant lamp in the room, it is advisable to provide it with a strong attachment.
For portable table lamps, you need to provide a special attachment to the table or wall so that children do not sometimes knock them over.
Sockets for table lamps must be protected by plastic covers or be equipped with special curtains in the sockets. The wires corresponding to the lamp must also be insulated, hiding them in special channels. An alternative to a table lamp can be a hanging lamp that moves horizontally. When working at the table, it can be brought closer to the child, thereby illuminating the workplace.