For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the location 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 light if you have large windows. Frequent headaches can be an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be utilizing your eyes a lot in the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light to avoid eyestrain. If you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a living 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., as well as warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit together with the room setting, inside your fixtures.