Proper home theater lighting for the best experience
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Proper home theater lighting for the best experience

You might not think of your home theater’s lighting as one of the most important decisions when it comes to configuring your own little cinema, but that would be a mistake.

A common mistake is to have the room as dark as possible. 

Not only can poor home theater lighting cause eye strain and encourage motion sickness, but it also fails to set the mood of the room and discourages use of the space!

Here’s our best recommendations for the best home theater lighting.

Recessed Lighting 

One of the most flexible and beautiful lighting options for your home theater is recessed can lighting

If you wire the can lights on two separate circuits, you can put them on a dimmer so they can double as task lighting and ambient lighting.

You’ll need the brighter task lighting at times for when you’re getting to the seats, cleaning, and any other times you aren’t playing the movie. 

Not to mention recessed lighting significantly increases the stylish look of your home theater as well as the value of your home.

Cove lighting and other indirect lighting

Cove lighting in home theather

Integrating lighting into the architecture of your home theater room can be both stylish and functional. 

Cove lighting is indirect lighting that is installed into the ledges, recesses, or ceiling valances. It can be used as primary lighting, but it’s normally used as an aesthetic accent for decorative ceilings.

If you have columns or steps in your home theater, you can also add LED lighting to accentuate the architecture of the room as well as a little safety.

Wall sconces

wall sconces for home theater lighting

If using LED light strips to your walls isn’t the look you’re going for, perhaps you’d appreciate using more decorative wall sconces. 

Again, these will be used more as an indirect lighting source that enhances the look and architecture of your home theater.

Hire an electrician to install home theater lighting

If you want your home theater lighting to look the way you envision it, the best route to take is to hire an electrician.

A licensed electrician will be able to design the setup, help you choose the proper fixtures while keeping the style you want, and install them with correct spacing for proper light coverage.

They will also be able to identify any potential wiring issues that will not only affect the lighting, but your TV or projector and sound system.

Not only could improper installation or faulty wiring cause performance issues, it could damage any and all of your components as well as be a safety hazard.

If you’re considering building or upgrading your home theater, give us a call or fill out the form on this page for a quote. 

Bonnivier Electric is likely the electrician your favorite Springfield business uses!

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