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Wondering what type of lights to choose for your child’s bedroom? Since safety is paramount in any space with children, there are extra factors to consider when choosing a lamp or light source for your child’s room. You’ll also want to think about the types of activities your child will be doing in the room. Safety is the primary concern when choosing lighting for any space that will predominately be used by children. All wall mounted lights should be out of reach of a small child so he or she doesn’t accidentally burn his or her hands by curiously touching the light bulb. As a precaution, it’s advisable to use something other than halogen bulbs in children’s rooms as these generate extreme heat. If any of the lights require an outlet, remember to block the outlet with a heavy piece of furniture to avoid potential contact with an open socket.

Should I choose ambient or task light?
Likely, you’ll want to include both. Install some sort of overhead ambient light so your child’s room is well lit at all times. Consider the types of activities your child will also be doing in the room and whether he or she will need extra light. For example, your child will likely need a desk lamp, or some form of task lighting if he or she will be working on homework or playing with something like puzzles. You may also want to consider placing a lamp beside your child’s bed if he or she enjoys reading at night. Remember to outfit it with a low-wattage bulb to reduce the amount of heat it may generate.

What styles of lighting should I choose?
Kids’ rooms are an opportunity to design a fun space, and your child will probably enjoy a stylishly playful lighting fixture. Look for lampshades that feature their favourite Disney character or images of a sport they like. Make choosing the lighting a fun process for both you and your children by shopping for the items together.

What should I consider in terms of a night-light?
From the decorative to the practical, night-lights are available in a range of styles and colours. First, decide whether you’d prefer a plug-in, battery-powered or rechargeable night-light. Replacing batteries in a battery-powered night-light may be expensive, but you may feel limited in your choices if you don’t have an open outlet for a plug-in. Consider choosing a scattered or diffused night-light, with ample brightness so your child feels comforted in the dark. Like any other bulbs in your child’s room, make sure the night-light is outfitted with low-wattage lights that don’t get as hot, especially if it’s placed beside the bed or in an outlet that is within your child’s reach.
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