Hannah contacted MadAboutTheHouse to ask about lighting in her bedroom.
Q: I’m thinking of installing bed-side lighting and the contractor who came round to quote for the job said that in terms of the work involved, it would be a lot easier to suspend lights from the ceiling rather than them have wall-mounted. I have one double socket by the bed but there isn’t room for two bedside tables and I would like to have two lamps to make it look even. Have you seen hanging bedside lights before and do you think it can work?
A: Funnily enough I was keen on this look myself and then, as we were having electrical work done on the wall behind the bed anyway, I chose wall lights. But I have seen pendant lights hanging low at either end of a sofa which looks great, and is something I may yet do as we don’t have a central pendant light in that room. The other advantage is that it will free up space on the bedside table (for all those books you may not have got round to reading yet). So yes I do think it can work really well.
Although bear in mind that once you have done it you won’t be able to move the bed, which is usually fine as there’s often only one place it will go anyway but for those of you with big bedrooms, think carefully.
In terms of the price; running a cable along from a ceiling light and branching out to either side of the bed will be a similar price to running a cable up from your existing socket (and branching out to include the other side of the bed). Both jobs will require a little making good of the wall and then painting.
The main thing to bear in mind is that you don’t bang your head on the lights when you get in or out of bed; that they aren’t shining a spotlight on your face when you turn them on and finally (some would say lazily) that you can reach the off-switch from your lying-in-bed-reading position.