Not every house is equal—especially when it comes to natural lighting. The good news is, you don’t have to have a huge budget to improve your light fixtures. In fact, something as simple as changing a light bulb can even help you save money on energy costs over time. From subtle changes like brightening dim spaces to big changes like hanging an eye-catching chandelier, these four creative lighting tips will give your home a bright and cheerful lift.
Eliminate Dark Corners
Walk through your home after dark with all the lights on, evaluating what corners and spaces are still dimly lit. If you often find yourself using a flashlight to look for things at the back of your closet, consider installing a motion-activated light. Not only will it help you find what you’re looking for faster, there is the added peace of mind knowing the light bulb is turned off when the door is shut. Additionally, adding LED lights under your kitchen cabinets is a small improvement that can make a significant difference in your work space.
Enhance Your Mood with Lighting
Consider altering the mood of a room by experimenting with different kinds of light bulbs. Vintage-style Edison bulbs might look industrial on their own, but their soft glow is very romantic. A colorful light bulb evokes a fun and playful feel in a child’s room. If you’re tech-savvy, there are even Bluetooth-enabled bulb, which can be controlled by tablet or smartphone for added convenience. And if savings are what make you truly happy, you may want to consider switching to LED bulbs. Although they tend to be more expensive than incandescent light bulbs, they use up to 90 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer.
Don’t Forget the Outdoors
Instantly improve your home’s curb appeal by purchasing new exterior light fixtures. Swap plastic floodlights out for metallic ones for a more polished, rich look. Install solar-powered pathways and landscape lighting for additional energy savings. And if you hate to go in on a nice night, extend the hours of your next outdoor party or barbecue by installing fun, ambient lighting, such as lanterns or torches, around your patio or backyard.
Add a Dramatic Chandelier
Choose one large, distinctive light fixture to be the centerpiece of your favorite room to entertain in. In the dining room or living room, where people gather often, it’s guaranteed to be a conversation-starter. Chandeliers come in all kinds of styles to suit your taste in creative lighting, from old-school glam to understated modern