For homes with size limitations, recessed lighting will take up less space and give the spot 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 light if you have large windows. Frequent headaches is surely an indication of insufficient lighting. As you will be employing your eyes a lot in the living room (between reading, watching TV and hobbying), ensure that there is the proper amount of light in order to avoid eyestrain. When you can't be bothered with 4-8 different fixtures (the average for a family area setting), then you will like 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., along with warm white lights or cool blue lights to fit together with the room setting, in your own fixtures.