Finding ways to improve your indoor lighting can be tricky. You want to help improve the look of your home. But you don’t want to put yourself in debt with the cost of more lighting. Additionally, you don’t want your improvements to ruin your lighting’s energy efficiency or purchase lighting that adds little benefit. So how do you get the right indoor lighting for your home?
Fortunately, Salt Light & Electric has the answer! If you’re looking to improve the indoor lighting in your Central Texas home, follow these 4 indoor lighting tips below!
- Upgrade Your Lighting to LEDs
Upgrading your indoor lighting should be coupled with upgrading your energy efficiency. The best way to achieve this is by switching all your bulbs to LEDs.
LED bulbs are the most energy efficient type of lighting available. LEDs use as little as 75% less energy compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, while having a lifespan 25 times longer. So, by upgrading your light bulbs to LEDs, you’re helping to prevent any lighting from driving up the energy bill.
- Lighting Placement
Lighting placement is important. Too much lighting focused on one area wastes energy and can create uneven layers of light in the room. Lighting too spread out can fail to provide sufficient illumination to certain areas of a room. In order to ensure the best lighting placement in a room, it’s a good idea to consider how the room is used and the main areas of activity. There are three main types of lighting: ambient lighting (general), task lighting (area-focused for activities) and accent lighting (to highlight objects or areas). Below are some tips for each room.
- Kitchen – Use task lighting for stovetops and counters. You can also use lighting for under the cabinets but avoid placing them close to sinks or other water sources.
- Dining Room – Make the table area be the brightest part of the dining room. Place overhead lighting over the table, while placing smaller, accent lights on the corners of the room.
- Bedroom – Bedroom lighting should be less direct than the kitchen and dining room. Ambient lighting offers a soft glow that allows function without a harsh glow. Aside from an overhead light, accent table and desk lamps are perfect for this space.
- Living Room – This should be a combination of ambient and accent lighting. The overhead light should offer different light levels for various living situations. Use accent lighting to highlight art and unique décor. Desk lamps are great for additional lighting, especially smaller designs that offer focused light for reading.
- Bathroom – Due to a bathroom having multiple sources of water, lighting placement is somewhat limited. But you can place sidelights to help brighten up the mirror as well as larger overhead lights.
- Choose the Right Curtains for Sunlight
Windows are the usual way sunlight can enter your home. And with the right curtains, you can customize how sunlight is utilized for your indoor lighting.
For rooms you want natural sunlight in, consider using curtains that are brightly colored and transparent. These curtains allow sunlight to pass through easily, while not too much to hurt your eyes. If you want to block out sunlight, use insulated, dark colored curtains instead.
- Upgrade Your Light Switches to Dimmers
To get the best out of your lighting, you’ll want to upgrade your light switches to dimmers. Dimmers allow you to customize the strength of your indoor lighting. Instead of having a simple on/off switch, you can adjust the brightness of your lighting utilizing a slider. This helps to reduce energy usage as lighting isn’t always at full brightness. Dimmers also help reduce eye strain if you use your lighting during the night.
Follow these tips when you plan on improving your indoor lighting! And if you require new light fixture installation or would like to upgrade to dimmers, contact Salt Light & Electric today. Give us a call at (512) 956-7842 for lighting and switch services from Central Texas’ leading electrical experts.