Avoid Screen Glare
For general illumination, install deep recessed downlights. A hanging chandelier or pendants will reflect off of your television screen, creating a glare. Wall sconces will form a non-reflective pathway, as long as the fronts are opaque. Similarly, table lamps with opaque shades can be used for tasks, like operating the remote control or eating popcorn.
Where to Place Lights
Recessed lighting is the best for overhead illumination because they will not be directed at the television screen. However, you can get more creative with your accent and task lighting. If you want your home theater to resemble a real movie theater, consider track lighting slightly above the floor and extending around the entire room.
Also, don’t forget to install lighting around your home theater system. While you may not want it on during your viewing, it will help you to search through DVDs or connect external cables. Under-cabinet lighting provides the source of light you need, where you need it, without overpowering the space.