In the previous blog post about nursery lighting we talked about safety while planning the lighting, especially over the baby crib bedding. We also mentioned how one can add a shades design, not compromising safety and practicality. Here are some additional tips.
If you are planning to install several recessed lights, you should consider having several switches in order for the lights to be operated independently. No matter if you have one or more overhead lights, you should make sure to install a dimmer switch. This will make it easier for you to check on your baby at the middle of the night, without rousing or waking him up.
Fixtures on walls
While an overhead fixture provides a central lighting to the whole room, sconces and wall fixtures provide more of a localized lighting. They are not as safe as an overhead fixture, but they are safer than table lamps, since they can’t be knocked over. Still, they can be reached by a determined toddler, so if you decide on wall fixtures, you either put them very high, or teach your child to stay out of hot bulbs when it grows up to reach it. In most cases, lights on wall are hard-wired to the wall and there are no loose hanging cords. But if you do have a problem with cords showing, make sure to hang the fixture close to the outlet and to secure the cords in covers. If you don’t have suitable materials to secure the cords, you can use duct tape or masking tape.
They come in a wide range of styles. Table lamps can be designed to match your unique baby bedding, nautical nursery décor, your flower shaped rugs or your white changing table. They can be made of ceramic, painted wood, even crafted from antique toys, and they are decorative, but they can also be very dangerous. Make sure you put them out of reach and on a place blocking the outlet they are plugged into. Make sure to gather the excess cord on a cord winder, and if possible screwing the lamp directly on the dresser or table. Consider floor lamps only when your child grows up.
When using nightlights or dim lights, you should know not to leave them all night in the nursery, especially if your child is less than 2 years old. If you do that, you are risking your child to develop myopia (nearsightedness). Having that said, save your nightlights for the hallway, but keep them away of the nursery. If you still insist on using a nightlight in the nursery, make sure to put it away from flammable materials.