When choosing lighting in your nursery, it’s important to consider all the tasks you’ll be doing — and then create a lighting plan that works!
I’m thankful for the folks at 1-800Lighting, who made this post possible. All opinions are my own.
Now that the twins are here, we are quickly learning about the importance of good lighting in our nursery. When I was designing the space, I knew I wanted to have layers of light available to us so we could have the best light for each task we’d have to do with the babies.
To create our lighting plan, we listed the different tasks we’d do in the nursery (both now and in the future).
- Diaper changes
- Nursing / Feeding
- Bedtime stories
We needed at least three kinds of light: natural light, ambient light, and task lighting.
For the daytime activities, like playtime and diaper changes, we could use the natural light from the window as well as overhead ambient lighting. We installed gray lined curtains to block out the light for nap time.
Most of the activities on our list, however, require a quiet, darkened room. We accomplished this using task lighting and dimmer switches. We weren’t about to startle the babies awake by flipping on a bright light!
We went to 1-800Lighting to get the right fixtures for the space. Their selection is enormous, but I was able to find two great lights that did exactly what we wanted them to do.
The first, for our ceiling light, is a chrome modern overhead semi-flush fixture. I love how simple but practical it is. We took down the dated ceiling fan that nearly decapitated people in the small room. While we loved the idea of a fan in the room, the ceilings are just too low. A table fan is a good compromise. We also had to be aware of the vent — not sure why the builders decided to put it in the middle of the ceiling!
We installed three dimmable bulbs in the ceiling fixture, which allows us to use it throughout the day and into the night without blinding the boys. It’s lovely.
Our two main uses for task lighting are nursing and reading bedtime stories in the chair and changing diapers on the changing table. Because the chair and the changing table are next to each other, one beautiful wall swing-arm lamp works for both tasks.
This fixture is SO versatile. We installed it between the changing table and the chair and we can swing it back and forth depending on what we need it for. It also has a plate that covers the cord, making it much safer once the kiddos start to crawl.
After a lot of research, we decided to forgo a nightlight. The dimmest setting on our swing-arm lamp is so dim that we can turn easily turn it on without waking the babies.
Now that we’ve been using the nursery for a few weeks, we’re both amazed at how well our lighting choices work! And we get so many compliments on the swing-arm lamp — it’s an especially gorgeous piece.
Want to see more of our twin nursery? Check out the reveal and some of the projects I did:
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