We spend a lot of time thinking about our children's work/play/sleep space, and for most families, all these things happen in one room—your child's bedroom. Not only is it important to create "zones" for each, it is essential to have lighting that matches your child's mood and activity, especially when light sensitivity can contribute to sensory overload which is common for children with ADHD and autism.
We recommend natural lighting, whenever possible because studies have shown that natural lighting has a positive impact on one’s mood, perceptions, health, and attitude. But if that is not possible, this is what we suggest:
For playtime: Any games or projects that take place on the floor like block building, Lego, puzzles, overhead lighting with a full spectrum LED bulb in warm yellowish hues is best because research has shown these bulbs help with relaxation.
When it comes to homework or focused tasks like coloring and reading, a desk lamp or table lamp with a full spectrum LED bulb with cool, bluish tones that mimic natural light is best because research has shown these bulbs support academic performance.
At bedtime, a dim red-hued light with an LED bulb in their bedside night-light can do wonders to send your child off to a peaceful night sleep, because the red light will not affect your child's sleep cycles as much as other light hues.
+ Design Tip: Think about using an low-pile area rug in your child's bedroom (if you don't have carpeting already) because some wood flooring and tiles may act as a redirecting surface and that light can be irritating.