How to Save on Modern Lighting Solutions
Great lighting can improve your home significantly. It can also make it look bigger, smaller, classier, or more interesting. However, good indoor lighting costs money. Especially if you are opting for designer solutions. On the other hand, there are ways to make perfectly good lighting without spending ridiculous amount of money and still get the look and the quality you are looking for. Paying less for lighting is fine, but making compromises with the quality of light should be done very carefully since that means that your health may be endangered.
Consider Power Saving Light Bulbs
If you change 15 old fashioned light bulbs with modern energy saving incandescent ones, you will be saving $50 a year on your electricity bills. At first, these new light bulbs made pretty low light and were frowned upon by people used to strong lights. However, today, you can find these light bulbs in all colors and all strengths, so there is no more excuse for not using them. Besides those, you can also get a far better and far more effective light with less electricity using LED (Light Emitting Diode) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light).
Use Daylight as Much as Possible
This is not always possible, but every opportunity that you can get to do it should be taken. If you have a room on the East side, that means that you will probably have day light only up to noon, and after that, you will be forced to use indoor lighting for your daily activities. One of the best solutions for this is the skylight window. This ensures that you can avoid using indoor lighting for the bigger part of the day. Even during the night, you can enjoy the romantic effect of the moonlight, accented only with a corner lamp.
Use What You’ve Got
Mirrors will reflect the light of your lamp and multiply it. This doesn’t mean that you should pose mirrors all over your apartment, but one or two of them that are carefully positioned can save you one light source, in hallway, for example. The light that you have can be perked up with dimmers. In that way, you can avoid buying additional peripheral lights or stronger central light as you will be able to get the same effect with one light which strength can be controlled.
Colors and Positions
It doesn’t take a designer with a degree to realize that brighter colors on your walls will increase the amount of light that room gets and that darker walls will make the room darker. Therefore, this should be kept in mind when coloring the walls. Besides that, you should carefully plan where the light sources will be in your room. Think about how the light is spreading from that source and consider if it has any obstacles on the way and when it tries to light the entire room. With the unnecessary obstacles removed, the job of two or three lamps will be done by only one lamp.
Also, besides these tips for indoor lighting, you can make sure that there are quite nice and effective lamps available at antique stores, garage sales and flea markets. To have a trendy and amazing light, you don’t have to have a signature piece. Other companies and small businesses make just as effective and just as modern pieces as well.
Author bio: Diana Smith is an author of this article. She is a regular contributor to several home improvement blogs. Useful information for this article has been hindly provided by Lights2You.
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