For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the area a roomier feel. By day, use all the natural lighting as you possibly can. It is the best quality, and it's free! Maximize them by using sheer drapes or glazed windowpanes to diffuse the sunlight if you have large windows. Frequent headaches could be an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will use your eyes a lot during 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 living area setting), then you will like 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., and also warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit with the room setting, in your own fixtures.