Seasoned Las Vegas Electricians, such as those from Callidus Electric are among the best sources of useful information when it comes to a home’s lighting system.
More than just install lighting fixtures, electricians are also the first to test and see how they work. While lighting designers may have an edge when it comes to aesthetics, they still rely on electricians to help them turn their designs into reality.
If you are thinking about changing up the lighting system in your home, you are better of heeding the advice of electricians.
5 Tips on How to Light Up Your Home
Here are 5 practical tips from electricians on how to light up your home.
Switch to LEDs
Just in case you have not done so, it will be a good idea to switch to LEDs and replace your existing incandescent or CFL light bulbs. LED lights to use significantly less energy than incandescent and CFL bulbs while giving off more lumens (or brightness) at the same time.
Switching to LED lights can help you save hundreds on your electric bill. In case you prefer the warm amber glow of incandescent bulbs or the cool white CFL lights, LED lights also come in these and other colors.
Lighting in Layers
Lighting up a room involves more than just installing an overhead light source for the entire room. You need to understand the difference between ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting, which is the first layer of light, refers to overhead lights.
Task lights, as the term implies, are task-specific lightings such as a pendulum lights on a kitchen counter or a table lamp beside a reading chair. Accent lights, such as sconces and wall art spotlights are generally decorative.
Using multiple layers of light will give the room more character. You can also change the mood in a room instantly by using just one or two layers of light at the flick of a switch.
Add Light to Darker Areas
Once you start planning your home’s lighting in layers, you’ll also want to make use of either task or accent layers to brighten up any dark areas in your home. For instance, you may want to install wall sconces in places that both outdoor and ambient lights fail to reach.
Decorative floor lamps, on the other hand, are very useful when lighting up dark corners. Installing a track with multiple directional lights will help illuminate dark areas easier.
Let in More Outdoor Light
During the summer, one way of lowering your electric bill is to let in more outdoor light. You can do this by using window treatments that allow more light into a room. This will delay your need to turn on your ambient indoor lights on by at least an hour or so.
If you are concerned about privacy, you can use two or more layer of sheer curtains to obscure the views from the outside effectively.
Use Dimmer Switches
Most LED lights are dimmable and you should use this to your advantage. With dimmer switches, you can dial down the intensity of the light to what a room actually needs. Increasing or reducing the intensity of lights is also an effective way of changing the mood in a room.
The most important benefit, of course, when using dimmer switches is that such devices can help you lower your energy consumption.
These five useful tips should be able to help you plan your home’s lighting system better. However, you can always consult with an electrician as you go about your project for even better results.