Home theaters are a wonderful addition to a home
No light or too little light can result in unnecessary strain on your eyes. However, if your light is uncontrolled, it can produce a glare on the screen or wash out the colors of the movie. Lights in a home theater must be carefully selected and strategically placed.
Wall sconces are great to incorporate into your home theater. Wall sconces are simply mounted on your wall. They add just a smidge of backdrop lighting. They will not flood your room with excess light, but they will add enough light to create the right mood. The light emitted from wall sconces is very subtle.
Floor lamps are another light form you can use. Although they are not ideal for most home theaters, they do work in specific spaces. If you're 'home theater' is actually your living room, consider a floor lamp. Floor lamps typically aren't ideal for designated home theaters because they give off a different style. However, they are perfect if your home theater doubles as a living room or an entertainment room. A floor lamp will allow you to easily convert it from normal living space to a home theater. Floor lamps can add warmth and comfort to your theater when watching a movie. However, the lamp can also add illumination when your home theater is not in use. Floor lamps tend to be inviting fixtures.
Recessed lighting is the preferred method to lighting your home theater. Recessed lights are the traditional theater lighting fixtures. And for good reason-these lights are great! Recessed lights actually fit into your ceiling. They are installed into a small hole in your ceiling, and shine down on the room below it. The light can be directed towards a wall, a sitting area in the room, or another area of the theater. There a lot of simple step-by-step tutorials to install recessed lights by yourself, but you can also hire an electrician to make the job a bit easier. Try adding recessed lights in combination with wall sconces to get an even better effect.
Try to avoid overhead lights such as ceiling fans or ceiling mounted lighting fixtures. Too much overhead light will an unfavorable glare on the screen of the movie. Ceiling lights to consider are recessed lights and track lighting. However, when using recessed lights, make sure they aren't pointing directly your eyes or the movie screen.
Possibly even a more important consideration than the light fixture is the decision to get a dimmer. Every home theater should have a dimmer installed. Dimmers allow you to change the brightness of a light during different times of the day. For example, sitting in your home theater watching cartoons with your kids will require different brightness than watching a horror film at midnight. Dimmers provide flexibility in the space.
There's no 'right' method for home theater lighting. The only criterion is that it creates the right movie watching atmosphere in the space. Whether it's installing recessed lights, wall sconces, floor lamps, or even using candles, make sure it gives your home the right movie watching atmosphere.