For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the spot a roomier feel. By day, use as much 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 light if you have large windows. Frequent headaches can be an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be utilising your eyes a lot within the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light so as to avoid eyestrain. When you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a family room setting), then you will love 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., together with warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit with the room setting, in your fixtures.