For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the region a roomier feel. Use as much natural lighting as possible by day. It is the best quality, and it's free! Maximize them by using sheer drapes or glazed windowpanes to diffuse the lighting if you have large windows. Frequent headaches could be an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be using your eyes a lot during the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light to avoid eyestrain. Should you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a living area setting), then you will enjoy the flexibility of a dimmer switch on your main living room lighting source. It is also important to combine different types of light bulbs. Mix up your supply of halogen, fluorescent etc., along with warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit together with the room setting, within your fixtures.