Lighting Your Game Room

The lighting in any room can make a huge difference in both functionality and design, and game rooms are no different. Game room light can both highlight your design and affect the playability of your favorite game room products.

No one likes to play a game in a poorly lit room. You need to be able to read your playing cards or see the sights on your pool table when you are lining up a game winning shot. This is why lighting can be so important. At the same time, lighting can set the mood of your game room experience.

How Do I Decide What Type of Lighting I Need?

When deciding what lighting you need, take an inventory of what lighting you already have. Do you have recessed lighting? Are there existing fixtures that cannot be removed? This will be your starting point.

Next you want to make a list of the games you have in your game room.

  • Do you have a pool table, poker table, or a bar?
  • Each of these require what is called task lighting. Task lighting will help you properly play the game or mix the right drink.
  • Do you have arcade games, air hockey or foosball?
  • These games don’t require task style lighting and you can pick your lighting more on aesthetics than function. These can take general lighting. Arcade games need the least amount of lighting and should be back lit much like a television. This type of lighting is called ambient lighting.

What Kind of Lighting Fixtures Do I Need?

Once you have narrowed down what type of light you need; task, general or ambient, you can then decide on your fixtures.

Below are examples of each:

  • Task Lighting
  • Billiard Lights
  • Island Lighting
  • Pendent Lights
  • Table Lamps
  • General Lighting
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Large Scale Chandeliers
  • Track Lighting
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Wall Sconces
  • Table Lamps

How Do I Select My Lights Design?

This is the part of picking out your lighting that is the most fun and truly unique to you and your design. Here are some helpful hints for coordinating your lighting choices to your design.

Traditional Style

  • Use lights with more decorative detailing such as: scrolls or swirls, leaves, floral motifs,  or intricate patterns.
  • Example: Tiffany Style Glass Shades

Transitional Style

  • Use lights that balance out the other pieces in the room.
  • Transitional design is all about a blend so if your furniture is more traditional, choose lighting that is more contemporary. If furniture is more contemporary use lighting that is more traditional.

Contemporary Style

  • This design style is defined by simplicity.
  • Pick simple, geometric shape with uncomplicated patterns.
  • Example: Single pendent lights with solid glass shades.

Now that you have a basic idea of what type of lighting you need for your game room design, keep in mind one thing: have fun! This is a game room and the design should be as fun to put together as the games are to play. Make sure you check out the wide selection of game room lighting at Danny Vegh’s, and please call 1-800-275-9404 with any questions.

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