In the living room, a room for sharing and relaxation par excellence, the television corner is the cozy space where you like to curl up on your sofa to take a moment to relax and watch a good movie with the tribe or your favorite series alone.
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To benefit from all the visual comfort that this aside of total disconnection requires, lighting plays a key role. We already know that the living room requires three types of lighting: general lighting, called zenithal, ambient lighting and auxiliary lighting by zone. The television corner is thus one of those activity areas in the living room which requires additional lighting with suitable light and a particular lighting solution. Why ? Because watching TV tires your eyes, especially if you're in the dark, due to the strong contrast between the brightness of the screen and the surrounding darkness. The large differences in brightness between the room where you are and the television screen are excessively tiring for the eyes. This is why it is recommended to use indirect light sources that illuminate behind or next to the screen. Lighting that is too strong or reflected in the screen will be really annoying. It is therefore necessary to create a soft lighting, mitigating this famous contrast between the brightness of the screen and the surrounding darkness. But above all, the lighting must be invisible and not reflected on the screen. Zoom on our lighting tips to optimize the lighting of the television area!
1. SOFT LIGHT AT TELEVISION HEIGHT
The simplest and most practical lighting solution to avoid contrast between the bright screen and the dark area around it is to install a soft light at the height of the television, about one meter from the set. By placing a low-power lamp or floor lamp next to or behind the television, you will not create annoying shadows and will benefit from diffused and homogeneous accent lighting with a soothing light beam. Above all, the lighting must be invisible and not reflected on the screen. Opt for a table lamp behind the television facing the wall with a lampshade so as not to dazzle or with a directional arm to direct the lighting, one or more floor lamps next to the television set with a lampshade or diffuser facing the ceiling, equipped with an articulated arm or reading light to change the direction and height of the light source according to your activity and your position.
2. LED LIGHT STRIPS AROUND THE TV SCREEN
Joy of technology, if you do not (yet) have a backlit television screen, today you have the possibility of dressing it with luminous LED strips. They are not only intended to embellish your interior or to immerse you in the sought-after cinematic atmosphere, they are also excellent for your eyes! Led strips or ribbons are an indirect light source that gives a new dimension to television viewing pleasure with an improved visual sensation. All you have to do is glue them to the edges of the screen and install the connection between the power supply, the controller and the headband. Some are equipped with RGB technology which allows you to change colors and create very pleasant light effects using a remote control.
3. LED LIGHTING INTEGRATED INTO YOUR FURNITURE
If you don't want to dress your TV screen with lighted LED strips or ribbons, you can choose to integrate them into your TV cabinet and your wall shelves, or even create other indirect light areas by illuminating your bookcases and sideboards to obtain an atmosphere. cozy and warm even more conducive to a good visual experience. This lighting solution has the advantage of high lighting your interior decoration while creating beautiful subdued lighting ideal for the television area.
4. A COZY AND DIFFUSED LIGHT BEHIND THE SOFA
Discreet and practical, the wall light is a safe bet for creating mood lighting in a living room. If you have electrical outlets at the walls that frame your TV nook, we suggest selecting a set of sconces that will provide lighting precision on the corner of the sofa. Our lighting advice: place the wall lights behind the viewer so that the diffused light reduces the contrast between the brightness of the screen and the surrounding darkness. Prefer wall lights with diffusers so that the light is directed upwards and/or downwards and pleasantly filtered. In addition to being wall decorative objects, they will create very appropriate accent lighting for your moments of relaxation on the sofa, with a beautiful cozy atmosphere.
5. A DIMMER TO ADJUST THE LIGHT INTENSITY
Ultra trendy and very decorative, the suspension that falls from the ceiling to illuminate the television area is a pretty lighting solution but it must also be adapted to this specific area of the living room. As we mentioned above, an area that is too dark for the TV corner tires the eyes, but on the contrary lighting that is too bright and powerful or that is reflected in the screen is just as annoying! It is then necessary to create a soft lighting to soften this contrast. If you decide to install a pendant light in your TV area, make sure it works with a dimmer so you can adjust the brightness to your liking optimally and if you opt for a suspended lampshade, consider combining it with a diffuser to soften the brightness.
6. INDIRECT LIGHTING ON THE CEILING AND ON THE WALLS
From the ceiling, adjustable spotlights with reflector directed towards the objects control the light beam for perfect accent lighting to draw the eye to an object. In this case, this functional and indirect lighting solution provides soft lighting on the ceiling and on the walls on each side of the television so as to frame the screen with a discreet halo. We advise you, for example, to install an adjustable spotlight, slightly offset, so that the light arrives at an angle towards the television.
7. IT'S ALL ABOUT ILLUMINATION...
Minimum required luminous flux (or illuminance) should not be confused with electrical power as different light sources have very different light performance. The choice is to be made according to the type of activity carried out.