For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the location a roomier feel. By day, use so much natural lighting as is possible. 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 is definitely an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be employing your eyes a lot in the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light to be able to avoid eyestrain. When you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a family room 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., in addition to warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit with the room setting, as part of your fixtures.