For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the area a roomier feel. By day, use as much 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 sunshine if you have large windows. Frequent headaches is an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will use your eyes a lot from 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., and also warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit with the room setting, in your own fixtures.