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