For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the place a roomier feel. By day, use all the natural lighting as you can. It is the best quality, and it's free! For those who have large windows, maximize them by using sheer drapes or glazed windowpanes to diffuse the light. Frequent headaches is definitely an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be using your eyes a lot during the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light in order to avoid eyestrain. In the event you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a family room 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 using the room setting, as part of your fixtures.