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Nursery Lighting: What is Best For Baby?

Written by Haley Burress
Updated August 27, 2015
Take time early in your pregnancy to ready the nursery in plenty of time for your baby's arrival. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Jennifer O. of North Ridgeville, Ohio)

When planning your new child's room, nursery lighting is something to consider.

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Preparing for your baby's arrival is an exciting time and planning for the nursery can be a fun thing for the parents (and even the siblings) to do together. When thinking about your nursery, it is important to consider the lighting for the room. You want to choose lighting options that are not only functional for the parents and for the baby, but also choose lighting that expresses your style and preferences.  

Before you start checking out chandeliers, globes, and other lighting pieces, first think about what you will need in terms of functionality. Remember, babies are up often throughout the nighttime and the last thing a fussy baby or a tired parent wants during a 2 a.m. diaper change is a bright light shining.

Installing a light with a dimmer switch can save your eyes from bright light, and can also give you the light that you do need to navigate around a changing table.  

Next, take a look around the nursery to see where you might need additional lighting. A large light that is able to be dimmed is perfect for the main light source, but you might find that you need a few other lighting sources in other nooks around the room. When you’re organizing your nursery closet, consider adding lighting there, so you can quickly grab a change of clothes no matter the time of day.

Chances are, your rocking chair will also get significant use. You might want to see if there is a place for a small lamp or wall sconce to be added near the rocking chair so that you can read, rock, and feed your baby with the perfect amount of light.

Your changing table will also get lots of use, and as the baby grows, he or she can sometimes get a little restless on the table. Hanging a small chandelier or dangling and colorful light fixture above the changing table can add something beautiful and interesting for your little one to look at and could possible reduce some restlessness when changing diapers or clothes.

In order to stay safe, be sure that any light fixtures that you bring into the nursery are safely secured to the wall and that any cords are out of reach from the child. A light fixture with a cord should not be hung above the crib, as the child might pull on the cord. Fasten all cords to the wall and assure that a curious crawler cannot get to them or pull on them.

Now that you have thought about the functionality of the light fixture, you can start choosing the perfect one for the room. Chandeliers and large globe lights are trendy in nurseries right now, as well as uplit crown molding.

You do not have to feel confined to choosing a light fixture from the nursery section of the store; nursery lighting can look modern and does not have to seem childish at all. If you choose more modern light fixtures for the room, you will not have to worry about changing the fixtures out when the child outgrows the nursery theme; your fixtures can remain in the room as the child grows and preference changes.

Once you have your desired lighting picked out, it is time to call in a professional to install it. If you are planning on adding any new lighting elements to the room, be sure to contact an experienced and recommended electrician to come and install the lighting for you. Communicate with your electrician to be sure that he or she is aware of your needs and preferences, as well as your ideal timeline for completion.

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