For homeowners doing remodeling projects or redesigning your house—whether to increase sale value or simply make your home nicer to live in—the lighting of your home is a key concern.
Safety Note 1: Always Shut Off Home Electricity Before Doing Home Electrical Work
It should go without saying, but we’ll say it: you must turn off the electricity before you work on any electrical wiring, lighting, outlets and so forth in your home. Failing to disconnect the power and touching live wires can result in electrocution or death.
Safety Note 2: Home Electrical and Plumbing are Top Priority to Repair
Electrical and plumbing problems are your priority. Because these are the most internal issues you will address, it seems logical to work from the inside out. Once your walls are already open, it is much easier to tackle general maintenance to wiring or plumbing.
Good Home Lighting is Important—Especially in Bathrooms
It’s always important to check that any new lighting added to bathrooms—or any other room in your house, really—is as bright as you need it to be. It can be easy to lose focus as you incorporate new fixtures and looks. This can make it easy to overlook lighting needs. Put lights around your medicine cabinets and mirrors, or put in ceiling lights with easily replaceable bulbs.
Increase Security and Save Money with Exterior Motion-Sensor Lighting for Your House
For a cost-effective way to make your home more secure, consider installing light fixtures that detect motion. Instead of leaving lights on all night long, motion detecting lights are only on when they’re activated by nearby movement. This keeps intruders away even better than regular lights. Someone who comes to your home with a criminal intent may also be dissuaded from breaking in due to the fact that the lights come on when he shows up—alerting the household that someone is out there.
You should be able to manually adjust the sensitivity of your home’s motion-sensor lights, as well as turn it on without engaging the sensor if you need to.
Of course, a simpler way to save on high electric bills is just to get in the habit of turning off your lights whenever are not home or not in the room.
Invest in Solar Panels to Power your Home
Solar panels can improve your home. Solar panels are a major investment, but you will likely lower your electric bills over the long term. Since most of the energy you use is stored, you can reduce your monthly energy costs. Solar panels are an excellent, natural solution for providing energy to your home.
Point Your Home’s Exterior Lighting Downward
Facing your outside lights downward can accent your lawn and show its attractive elements. Place this lighting along tree branches for a natural lighting effect that will seem like sunlight on an overcast day or bright moonlight. You can use these lights to draw attention to lawn furniture or garden statues.
Home Decor Tip: Look for Affordable Chandeliers
You do not have to have a mansion to have a chandelier. Some chandeliers are not very expensive at all, and can provide a very elegant look in your dining room. If you also want your chandelier to provide bright lighting and really sparkle, load it up with 200 to 400 watts of light bulbs.
When you are fixing up your house to add value and to make it a nicer place to live, don’t neglect to think about interior and exterior lighting. There are a number of lighting decisions you can make that can increase your home’s resale marketability and save you money on bills and maintenance while you live there. And please remember: For any installation of actual wiring in your home, do not be afraid to contact or consult with a professional electrician. It is not worth the risk if you don’t know what you’re doing.