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What light strength should my lamp have?

You could just look at the fitting when buying a light source for your lamp, but whether this'll provide the best light effect remains to be seen. First, consider carefully where you'll hang your lamp, since you can be completely off the mark when it comes to light. You'll want to create a different atmosphere for each situation in the house. Want a lamp for above your dining table? You won't want your guests to be blinded by a bright white light above them. You will want a cozy warm light for during dinner, but it shouldn't be so dark you can't even tell what's on your plate.



You're looking for a light source for your lamp. In that case, you will want to know if the lamp you're picking is powerful enough to light your room. That's why you should look at the number of lumens. The number of lumens indicates how powerful the lamp is, which tells you if a lamp is bright enough to light your room. The more light is coming from your lamp, the higher the number of lumens. Each space has a different function. You don't want the same light near both your workplace and your sitting area. Bright white light is practical, but it's not very cozy, whereas a soft, warm glow is cozy and relaxing, but not useful when you're reading a book on the couch. This means you'll need a different number of lumens for each space.

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By now, you probably understand that 1 light source won't meet all your needs. Every room simply has a different function, so you should adjust your lighting accordingly. For one room, you should choose practical lighting, while you should choose mood lighting for another. What lighting do you need in your bathroom, and what about your bedroom? You'll read that here.

Living room (sitting nook)

living room sitting nook

Compared to your sitting nook, you'll need some more light in your eating corner, since you usually carry out more actions at the dining table than on your couch. You will want to see what kind of food is on your plate while dining. If you ever use the dining table to work too, tough, you might want light that's a bit brighter. A dimmable lamp really is a must here. You'll need 3,000 to 6,000 lumens on average for your dinner nook.


kitchen lamp

The kitchen is a place where you carry out a lot of actions every day, so sufficient light is important. You won't want an accident to happen when you're using a sharp knife, so ensure sufficient lighting above your worktop and stove. Got kitchen cabinets? You could hang some extra spots under them. On average, assume between 5,000 and 10,000 lumens for lighting your kitchen.


Bedroom lamp

In your bedroom, you won't want a bright box of light. A soft, cozy light is pleasant for some relaxation before dozing off and falling asleep. We'll stick to a light source between 2,000 and 4,000 lumens for in your bedroom. If you have a desk in your bedroom, such as in your child's bedroom, for example, you'll need more light. In that case, 3,000 to 6,000 lumens is the average. You could also simply choose an extra desk lamp. What else is ideal for in your bedroom? A smart light with wake-up function. This'll wake you up slowly with slowly increasing light. That's a nice way to get up!


Insufficient lighting in your bathroom is super annoying. You do plenty of things there every day. You brush your teeth, men shave their beards, while women blow dry their hair and apply makeup. You should have enough light to carry out these tasks. Men don't want to show up to their jobs with half-shaved beards, and women don't want to walk around with a clump of mascara below their eyes. Choose a 4,000-lumen light source. In bathrooms, ceiling lamps are often combined with extra built-in spots for above your mirror, for example.

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