When the days slowly become shorter and the afternoons are followed by darkness, the perfect lighting can make us feel comfortable and relaxed at home. You can achieve comfort and cosiness if you follow the basics of cosy lighting:
What are the best lights to achieve cosy lighting?
For flair and cosiness, the lighting concept for the living room and bedroom should include area and accent lighting in addition to general lighting. A floor lamp can shine cosy light over the reading corner. LED strips or string lights on the shelf can provide even more warm flair. Materials such as paper, textile and wood veneer are suitable for the lamps, which shades flooded with light look enchanting. Perforated patterns and embossed glass achieve unique patterns on the wall.
Which light colour is ideal for a cosy atmosphere?
To be super cosy at home, warm light from the light bulb, is just right. The colour temperature should not exceed 3,300 Kelvin for a cosy warm white light. With modern LED technology you can individually adjust the light colour to suit your needs via the CCT function. Even the ceiling lights can contribute to cosiness if you switch to warm white and slightly dim the light in the evening. With smart technology you can set-up lighting routines to suit your needs.
At what brightness are lights optimal for more cosiness?
A must-have in terms of cosiness is the possibility of dimming. In the evening, the brightness of each light can be reduced individually, depending on the model, e.g. by touch dimmer, wall switch, remote control or smartphone. In addition to light colour and brightness, freedom from glare is also important for cosiness, e.g. through diffusers and materials such as textiles and paper. Indirect light is suitable for atmospheric background lighting; and can be combined with cosy accent light.
Cosy Lighting in the Living Room
Creating islands of light with style
The living room is the place to relax and recharge your batteries. In addition to cosy furnishings and accessories, lighting is an important element in creating an all-round sense of well-being. It becomes cosy with several light sources that create warm islands of light distributed throughout the room - for example, a cosy reading corner, warmly staged shelves and sideboards or even window sills with table lamps and homely decorations. In any case, the interplay of light and dark created by different light sources gives the ambience depth, calm and security.
Ceiling and pendant lights for a stylish living room
Making the living room cosier for the darker seasons and creating a homely atmosphere can be done with warmly lit, fascinating ceiling and pendant lights. Although ceiling lights are primarily used for general lighting, depending on the model, they can certainly contribute to cosiness: if they are warm white and dimmable. Gold-coloured design details bring an element of cosiness as they reflect the light onto the ceiling and thus provide soft indirect lighting. Pendant lights cover your living room in downward-facing light while bringing character, style and cosiness to your living room.
Those who want to cover their living room in soft styles with cosy light are spoilt for choice between floor lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, fairy lights, LED candles, salt crystal lamps, colourful smart controllable panels and more. Portable lights that can be moved and placed as desired are beneficial to bringing even more cosiness. Those who opt for cosy wicker lamps can create more ambience with warm white, dimmable filament lights.
To create cosy lighting in the bedroom, the same applies as the living room: placing several different light sources and glare-free direct and indirect light is the best recipe for a feel-good atmosphere. Pure cosiness is created by warm white light with a colour temperature reminiscent of candlelight. In terms of design, luminaires that gently diffuse the light are at the top of the checklist - e.g. with fabric lamp shades, or made of paper, slate, wafer-thin wood and opal or Murano glass.
Elegance with ceiling and pendant lights around the bed
Cosy lighting for the bedroom
Even if ceiling lights do not primarily stand for cosiness, modern LED technology allows the change from practical general lighting to more cosiness. Equipped with the CCT function, it is possible to change the colour of the light and switch to a cosy warm white in the evening. Dimming the light will also add to a cosier light atmosphere. Hanging lights which can replace the classic bedside lamp when placed at the head end, also provide ambience from above.
To bring an element of cosiness into your bedroom, mood and decorative lighting is essential. LED strips under the bed frame, smart colourful panels on the wall and a classic bedside lamps are a few examples you can consider. Fluffy materials such as goose feathers or felt and natural materials in warm wood tones also create a warm, feel-good ambience. If you are not a fan of pitch black, a softly shining night light is also a good idea - especially for kids, night lights create a pleasant feel-good factor.
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about cosy lighting
Which light is cosy and which light colour creates a pleasant atmosphere?
Light with a colour temperature <3,300 Kelvin appears as the cosiest. It comes closest to the old incandescent lights we are familiar with and, the lower the Kelvin value, is reminiscent of soft candlelight.
How many lumens do cosy lights have?
The brightness of a light is best described in terms of lumens. The following applies: For concentrated work at the desk, it must of course be brighter than for chilling in the favourite armchair. It is hardly possible to make a general statement about how many lumens are suitable for which situation. It all depends on personal perception. The furnishings also play a role: is it a lot of solid, dark furniture? Are the walls light or dark? How many light sources contribute to the lighting concept in a room? In any case, the possibility of dimming is always a must-have to make the light in the living space individually even cosier.
Which light is the most pleasant?
Warm white light with dimming functions are the best choice for feeling good, resting and recharging. Depending on taste, lamps with multicolour functions are also a great way to make bedrooms and living rooms even cosier. There is a wide choice of colourful light colours so that anyone can acheive their desired feel-good ambience.
Which lights produce warm light?
Apart from a colour temperature of less than 3,300 Kelvin, there are other factors that make light appear warm. The materials of the shades are important. Reddish salt crystal, for example, makes the light appear extremely warm, as does a textile shade in earthy colours. Paper, wood veneer and slate also create a warm impression and pleasant distribution of light in the room.
Which rooms are not suitable for cosy lighting?
Warm white light alone may not be the best choice for the kitchen, bathroom and office. Because working on the computer desk, at the worktop, or even when shaving and doing one's hair in the bathroom, the best, shadow-free view is required. Universal white (3,300 to 5,300 Kelvin) is predestined for this as the objective light positively influences the ability to perform and concentrate. In the kitchen-living room, cosy ambient light can certainly be integrated into the lighting concept so people can sit together comfortably after work. And in the bathroom, too, the right relaxing light is beneficial for a relaxing bath. For the office: if you want to switch to warm white in the evening, you should get desk lamps with a CCT function - that way, flexibility is guaranteed.
Which light sources are suitable for cosy lighting?
Warm white light sources are essential for maximum cosiness. In addition, if the lighting allows a view of the light source, filament or mirror-head lamps, for example, provide a cosy atmosphere.
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