Lighting Options for the Nursery

When you’re preparing to decorate a baby’s room, most parents focus on color schemes, cribs, and wall art. However, an often overlooked element of decorating a baby’s room is lighting. Nursery lighting can serve myriad purposes, from brightening the diaper-changing station to creating a calm atmosphere for nap time. Discover the following four ideas to guide you as you decide on lighting for your baby’s room.

Controlled Lighting With a Dimmer Switch

Installing a dimmer switch on the nursery’s main light will come in handy when you want to check on your baby without disturbing your little one. Dim lighting is ideal when you’re nursing or rocking your baby to sleep as well. You’ll be able to see your way to the crib, then shut off the light completely on your way out.

So why not use a night-light? Interestingly enough, new research from the National Eye Institute shows that infants who slept with nighttime lighting before age 2 are more likely to develop myopia, or nearsightedness, later in life. With a dimmer switch, you get the light you need to move around without exposing your baby to too much light.

Rope Light Wall Decoration

A creative way to light up your baby’s room and decorate at the same time is to use LED rope light to write the baby’s name on the wall. Rope lights are flexible strands of light that come in a variety of colors. You can typically get rope lights measuring from 12 to 150 feet in length from lighting suppliers such as Christmas Lights Etc. Not only will these lights add visual interest to your baby’s room, but they’ll also give the right amount of light to prepare your bundle of joy for bedtime.

Decorative Ceiling Fixtures

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For safety and overall brightness, you can’t beat a ceiling fixture in your baby’s nursery. Obviously, the light is out of the baby’s reach, and the wiring is tucked away where curious little hands can’t reach. What kind of ceiling fixture you choose depends on the nursery’s decoration and your style preferences.

If your fixture has individual bulbs, consider covering them with decorative miniature lampshades. Infants spend much of their time staring at the ceiling, and the shade can help diffuse the light for babies’ sensitive eyes. You can also get shades with glow-in-the-dark patterns to give your little one something to gaze at when the lights go out.

Accent Table Lamps

Table lamps can serve as fun accent pieces to complement the decorations in your nursery. You might try coordinating the lamp with the baby’s bedding or find a lamp that has a toy as its base. The only downside, however, is that table lamps can easily tip over and have baby-unfriendly cords. To make lamps safer, position the lamp in the room where a baby won’t be able to reach the cord or the lamp from the crib.

The right lighting in your baby’s room can make the atmosphere soothing and pleasant for your baby. Indeed, the right lighting can help you as a parent do everything from change a diaper to put your baby to sleep.


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