Lighting is an important part of any home. It can alter the aesthetic of a room instantly, and plays a big role in setting mood and tone for each room of your home. Chances are, your home already has a series of light fittings, and if you want to make some upgrades, it doesn’t have to be a massive overhaul. Here are some simple changes you can make to existing fittings in your home, that won’t break the bank.
Upgrade existing fixtures
In many cases, you don’t need to remove or change the light fixtures themselves to be able to achieve an upgraded look. You can cover up existing fixtures with a fun new lightshade or drum shade to modernize the décor, and soften the lighting. Lightshades come in all sorts of patterns and colors, so you can choose from a number of options to create the updated look you want.
Or, if you have existing chandelier-type fixture that you like, but would like to update, consider painting it. For example, you can brighten up a room by painting an existing black lighting fixture in a bright white color. This only requires minimal cost for maximum impact. Or you can opt for an even more intricate DIY project to make your lighting fittings truly one of a kind.
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Change out the bulbs
If you’re over your current lighting fittings, it might not be the actual appearance of the fittings that are bothering you, but rather the light they are emitting. If this is the case, then focus your attention on the light bulbs. One option for changing up your light fittings is to soften the lighting in your fittings buy using lower-wattage or ambient bulbs. Or you could install dimming switches to be able to easily modify the level of light in the room.
If you’re having the opposite issue and want to upgrade to brighter fittings, then you can consider updating the bulbs to higher wattage. You can also opt for higher output lamps to achieve the same result. Or you can find tinted bulbs to cast a specific shade of light on the room you’re looking to upgrade.
Another change you can make to your light bulbs to update your light fittings is opt for energy efficient bulbs. Making this change can have a significant impact not only on your level of lighting, but also your energy bills each month. Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, energy-efficient light bulbs (such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps, and light emitting diodes, or LED bulbs) will allow you to use 25-80% less energy, which can end up saving you a lot of money.
If you don’t feel comfortable making significant changes to your home lighting fittings, then you can always find an electrician to help you out. Electricians are relatively inexpensive, and hiring one can give you peace of mind that you’re installing lights properly and efficiently. When it comes to electricity, you don’t want to mess around for safety purposes.
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