Designing Your Baby Nursery – How to Choose the Right Lighting
By B. Fraley
There are several different kinds of nursery lighting that you will want to consider before you start decorating your baby’s room. When you are feeding or diapering the baby, you will want to use task lighting that does not shine brightly all over the room. After he is fed and changed you will want him to remain sleepy. On the other hand, you want to be able to get around the room without knocking into things and making a commotion that will keep him up for the rest of the night.
* Nursery night lights work well for seeing just enough to be able to walk around the room quietly. There are a couple of different types. There are small ones that plug directly into the wall. There are also night lights that resemble a table lamp, though with very low wattage. These lamps often cast a patterned shadow on the wall which can fascinate some babies.
* Wall sconces that can be directed to a specific spot make for good task lighting. Add dimmer switches to keep the light as low as possible.
* A small table lamp, with a low wattage bulb can be placed on a high dresser, allowing it to diffuse light without glaring into the baby’s face. They are often available in patterns and styles that match baby linens.
* A nursery floor lamp, also on a dimmer could be a viable choice for nursery lighting. If you go this route, the lamp should be placed behind a piece of furniture to prevent tipping, and to keep crawling babies from getting near a hot light bulb or the wall plate.
* Ceiling fixtures are great for gloomy days, but not for night diaper changing and baby bottles, unless they too have dimmer switches to keep the wattage down. They can be themed anything from sports to the outdoors, to camping, to cartoon characters.
* Ceiling fan / light fixture combinations are particularly good if you live in a hot climate. With a dimmer switch wired in, this fixture can also double as your night light.
* Voice activated crib lights have three colored lights cycle for ten minutes after the baby starts to cry. It also makes womb sounds, made from actual recordings. It attaches to the crib or stands on the dresser.
CFLs, which are compact fluorescent lights are a very good idea for nurseries. Not only is it softer light, which won’t be as irritating to your baby’s eyes, but it is also cooler and will not burn baby fingers if accidentally touched. And there are other benefits as well… you would be doing your part to contribute to “green” and your electric bill will be lower!
Nursery lighting needs to be thought out carefully, but has become so diversified that it is really fun to shop for. There are so many night lights and table lamps available that you are bound to find one to match any theme and color you could possible want!
B. Fraley loves babies and helping expectant mothers decorate their baby’s nursery and find the right crib bedding to go with the nursery’s theme. For quality products at the best price please visit B. Fraley’s stores for nursery decoration and baby nursery bedding.