1. Scale is important when selecting light fixtures.
Light shouldn't be overwhelming, but it shouldn't go unnoticed. When choosing the right light fixtures for your space's needs, scale is important. Here are some guidelines to help you decide the right scale. A chandelier's diameter in inches should be equal to the length and width of the room. If you have a room measuring 10x10 feet, your chandelier should measure approximately 20 inches.
2. Layer Lighting to Create a Balanced Effect
Lighting is best when there are layers. To achieve the best lighting balance, you should aim to have at least three light sources in each space. This includes the foyer or powder room. To make small spaces more usable, you can reduce the size and wattage of your light fixtures. The accent layer is important to highlight any extra details that you have added to your rooms.
3. Use Dimmers Anywhere You Can
Dimmers can instantly transform a room's ambience and help you to save money on your electricity bills. To have more control over the lighting in your home, you can install dimmers in as many rooms as you like and as many fixtures as necessary. Dimmers can be used to adjust the mood or balance artificial and natural light.
4. Unexpected Uses of Lighting
Lighting can be more than just overhead lamps and portable lamps. You can add task lighting to your home, or you can use lighting accents to give it a personal touch. We love lighting outside the box ideas like hanging a pendant on a bedside table or accentuating a bookshelf with miniature lights that highlight artwork and other display pieces. A small spotlight could be hidden next to a large container, and turned at a 45-degree angle towards the plant.
5. Purchase a Lighting Control App
Let's suppose you are watching TV on your couch, and you left the upstairs light on. Or maybe you're on vacation and don't want the house looking empty. You might also want to make sure that the living room lights are on when you return home, so it's not dark. You can control the temperature, lighting, and window treatments in your home with today's simple-to-use tablet and smartphone apps. You can also set your lighting settings with many apps. For example, you can set your lights to wake-up or dinner party.
6. Switch out the lightbulb you leave on the longest
You should consider changing the bulbs in your most used light fixtures, such as farmhouse lighting or those in the kitchen or entryway, to energy-efficient ones. You can make a big impact on your home's energy conservation by using Energy Star-labeled bulbs. These bulbs can help you save between $40 and $135 per year, cut down on energy consumption by around 75%, and produce 75% less heat. A warranty must be provided by the manufacturer to label the bulb as Energy Star.
7. Get a new ceiling fan
When was the last time your ceiling fan was updated? You may not be able to recall when the last time you updated your ceiling fan. Ceiling fan motors that are more modern use less energy and feel cooler than older motors. Modern designs are also quieter than older fans and are available in all styles.
8. Fix Your Media Room Lighting
Television-focused areas require less overhead lighting and more ambient and task lighting such as lamps. This reduces glare from screens. A good task lighting system allows the room to be dimmed, but someone who wants to read can have plenty of lighting thanks to a table lamps. When planning a media space, consider natural light sources and make sure you have good light-controlling window treatments to keep the sun from obscuring your entertainment.
9. Replace the old lighting fixture in your home
It's now easier than ever for lighting manufacturers to replace energy-hogging bulbs and fixtures with ones that last longer and reduce utility bills. Look for Energy Star-labeled products when you visit your local lighting showroom. Old light fixtures can quickly degrade a space's appearance. It can make a huge difference in the look of your home by replacing old flush-mount and chandelier lights with newer models.
10. Choose a new shade
Lampshades are more versatile than their appearance might suggest. Lampshades can diffuse light more effectively if they are lighter in color. Dark shades focus the light and direct it onto a surface. You can also try a new shade before you completely redecorate a room.
11. Replacing a light switch
The switches that work with newer bulbs are more responsive to them. Wireless options, which are usually operated with wireless remotes, allow you to control the light in any room. If you want to improve the lighting in your bedroom, it is smart to use a remote to control the lighting. You don't need to get out of bed to adjust or turn off the lights once you're comfortable.
12. Make sure to measure the height of your dining room chandelier
What is the secret to a stunning dining room? A stunning chandelier is the key to a beautiful dining room. This lighting tip and rule will help you make your space shine. The bottom of a chandelier should be approximately 30 inches away from your table.
13. Switch to LED Holiday Lights
Americans consume 2.22 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to power their mini holiday lights. Switch to LED lights and cut down on your electricity consumption. According to the EPA, LED holiday bulbs can reduce your energy costs and last for about 30 holiday seasons.
14. Get an exterior fixture
While beautiful lighting is wonderful, safety and convenience should also be top priorities for landscape, exterior lighting and barn lights. Install one or more sconces if you have a dark entry, such as a side door or garage door. You will feel less stressed and be able to stop looking for keys.