For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the location a roomier feel. By day, use just as much natural lighting as is possible. It is the best quality, and it's free! When you have large windows, maximize them by using sheer drapes or glazed windowpanes to diffuse the light. Frequent headaches can be 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 an attempt to avoid eyestrain. When 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., and also warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit along with the room setting, in your own fixtures.