Whether you're thinking about how to light your remodeled kitchen, or designing a brand-new lighting scheme for your entire home, you'll want to be aware of the latest trends and technology in home lighting.
Upgrading your lighting not only brightens up your home - it can also save you money on your energy bills. Let's take a look at five lighting upgrades that will help modernize your home.
Upgrade #1: Install Layered Lighting
If you're like most people, there are rooms in your home that only have a single ceiling fixture or a few table or floor lamps for lighting. By using the concept of layered lighting, you can highlight particular aspects of the room while still providing enough ambient light. Here's a quick rundown of the three different types of lighting:
- Ambient Lighting - This provides the room with general light coverage. You can accomplish this by several different types of fixtures, such as chandeliers and recessed can lights.
- Accent Lighting - This is used to highlight any architectural details in the room or any decorations like paintings or sculptures. Wall sconces and track lights are commonly used for accent lighting.
- Task Lighting - This is lighting intended to help you complete a task. Two examples are a table lamp for reading or a bathroom vanity light.
Layered lighting not only ensures you have plenty of light for daily activities; it also adds another layer of depth and nuance to your home.
Upgrade #2: Install Energy Efficient Lighting
If you're still using old incandescent light bulbs, remodeling is a great time to upgrade them to energyefficient LED or CFL bulbs. LEDs are a particularly green choice; they use about 80% less energy than incandescents, which lose up to 80% of their energy to heat.
LEDs also come in a variety of colors and light temperatures. If you're looking to produce a particular effect, the chances are that you can do it with LED lighting.
Upgrade #3: Install Smart Lighting
Smart light bulbs connect to your home network and the internet. You can control them from your smartphone, or even from a voice-activated speaker. Smart lighting gives you a high degree of control over the lighting in your home, with advanced automation and features like color-changing bulbs.
As a bonus, smart bulbs are easy to install. Some bulbs have a separate hub that hooks up to your internet router, and some directly connect to your home internet via standard wifi. In either case, it's nothing the average do-it-yourself type can't handle on their own.
Upgrade #4: Install Dimmers
One of the easiest ways to improve the lighting in your home is to install dimmers in each room. This greatly increases the amount of control you have over the brightness level in your home. In fact, if you have a smart lighting system, you can program your lights to change their intensity based on the time of day.
If you're comfortable with light electrical work, you can easily install dimmers yourself - just make sure you turn off the power to the fixture that you're working on first. If you're not the DIY type, you'll want to call an electrician.
Upgrade #5: Replace Your Lampshades
This is about as simple as it gets. A new lampshade can do wonders for a boring old table lamp. Replacing shades is a quick and easy way to change up the lighting in your home without spending much money.
To save even more, head down to your local resale shop and look for used lamps and lampshades. Sometimes it only takes a little dusting to bring a vintage lamp up to snuff.
Whether you're completely remodeling your home, or just making a few upgrades, changing up the lighting in your home can work wonders.
For all of your electrical repair needs, contact Mega Air Conditioning, Heating and Electric. We can help you plan out your new home's lighting.