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