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Want to learn ways to improve your home lighting without an electrician?

Here are some simple measures to upgrade your interior lighting

1. Replace your existing light bulbs

How long have you been using these? Are you still using some horrible old fluorescent bulbs?  They should all be dumped (in an environmental way). It may be tempting to hold onto them – after all they last for years – but you really don’t want to be living with bulbs that give out worse and worse light as they age.

Replace all bulbs with fresh new LED bulbs/lamps with a warm temperature colour – I prefer 2700°K – and preferably a high CRI. The CRI (colour rendering index) of your bulbs is important. Try and get as near to 100 as possible – this is the purest daylight. Over 90 CRI is good.

2. Add Floor and Table Lamps

Introduce floor and table lamps to provide additional lighting where overhead light fixtures are inadequate. They can also add to the décor.

Check out these plug in uplights that are great at creating atmosphere and help to give the visual impression of heightening a ceiling.

3. Install Smart Bulbs

Use smart bulbs that can be controlled via smartphone apps or voice assistants. You may think that these are only for the tech-savy but they are surprisingly simple and you can easily follow instructions on YouTube.

Light bulbs often come with adjustable brightness and colour options and you can even adjust the temperature of the light for the time of day, which can help you sleep and also assist you with waking up in the morning.

4. Use Rechargeable Lamps

If you don’t have an electrical socket near an area where you need additional light then it’s a wonderful opportunity to use one of the fabulous new rechargeable lamps on the market. These can also double up as additional lighting in the garden when you’re entertaining.

5. Use Battery-Operated Lights

Install battery-operated LED puck lights or stick-on lights in dark areas like closets, under cabinets, or in hallways. The quality of light can sometimes be a little cold but they’re useful as functional lighting.

6. Place Mirrors Strategically

Use mirrors to reflect light and make spaces appear brighter. Position them opposite windows or light sources to maximize natural and artificial light.

7. Update Lampshades

Swap any old or dark lampshades for lighter, more translucent ones that allow more light to pass through.

8. Lighten the Interior Decor

Paint colours and interior décor can have a huge effect on the feeling of light inside a home. Try doing some or all of the following:

  • Paint walls and ceilings in a light neutral colour
  • Avoid dark furniture that can literally eat light
  • Select light coloured flooring that will help reflect light back up into the room
  • Rearrange furniture to allow light to flow

9. Window Treatments

Lighten window treatments using light coloured or translucent fabrics, or use simple blinds that will give privacy without darkening the room.

Velux blinds and plantation shutters (in light colours) are an excellent way of accomplishing this.

10. Use plug-in dimmers on sockets

If you don’t want to use any lighting apps such as Philips Hue then you can buy plug in dimmers for your lamps. This can give you the adaptability to dim your table lamps and floor lamps in the evening but put them at full brightness on a gloomy day.

NB You’ll need to ensure you buy dimmable LED bulbs to use this feature.

Claire-PendarvesClaire Pendarves originally qualified as an interior designer and is now a lighting consultant with over 20 years’ experience

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