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 is an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be employing 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. In the event you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a living room 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., as well as warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit along with the room setting, as part of your fixtures.