For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the place a roomier feel. Use as much natural lighting as possible during the day. 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 can be an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will use your eyes a lot in the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light in an attempt 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 delight in 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., together with warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit using the room setting, as part of your fixtures.