When you walk into a poorly lit room, you notice almost instantly. On the
other hand, when the room is lit up too much it can feel like you're
in a hospital or doctor's office. In order to have the best type of
lighting, be sure to follow these steps.
Use a Dimmer
Rooms that can be used for eating, relaxing, and entertaining should all
have dimmers installed. This will allow you to adjust the amount of light
you want in the room depending on the time of day and mood. As a rule
of thumb, dimmers are needed if the lights are installed directly into
the ceiling. Not only will this give you control, but it will also help
you save money on your energy bills.
Regular fluorescent bulbs can strain your eyes after an extended period
of time, while also making colors seem off. Instead, opt for compact fluorescent
light bulbs (CFLs) or LED light bulbs. Both of these choices look great
and can help lower your energy bills, just know they can be a bit pricier
than their fluorescent counterparts.
Each room in your home should not be lit the same way since they each
serve a different purpose. For dining rooms where you eat dinner, utilize
overhead lighting (a chandelier) with the assistance of a dimmer. If your
living room has track lighting, be sure to not point the lights directly
downwards. As for the kitchen, the best lighting is installed below eye
level. Consider installing lights underneath your cabinets in order to
illuminate your countertop space.
The right type and level of lighting is the one thing that can really make
or break the look of a room. When you're thinking about installing
new light fixtures in your home, contact the electricians at Lancaster
Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule
an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.