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Best Ways To Improve Your Home’s Lighting: Tips From Pros

Best Ways To Improve Your Home's Lighting: Tips From Pros

There’s nothing like a good home makeover to give your place a fresh new look. Unfortunately, lightning is often a neglected area when it comes to home improvement. People figure that they’re good to go if they have a bulb in each room. But there’s more than just the number of light bulbs you have in your home—the quality of the lighting is just as important.

We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best ways to improve your home’s lighting, straight from the pros. So, whether you’re looking for a quick and easy fix or are ready to commit to a full-blown renovation, keep reading!

Install Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches are a great way to customize the lighting in your home. They give you more control over the amount of light that’s emitted, which is perfect for creating ambiance or reading in bed. They’re also a great way to save energy, as you can lower the light level when you don’t need it at its full brightness.

Add Task Lighting

Task lighting is perfect for areas where you do specific tasks, like cooking or reading. It helps to eliminate shadows and provides extra illumination where you need it most. You can add it without a major renovation by hanging one or two pendant lights over your kitchen island. There are also many other different types of lighting to consider for your home, such as recessed lighting to brighten your hallways and other walkways. These additional types of lighting will add a style and a cozy atmosphere to your home.

Switch To LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. They last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, they’re more energy-efficient, and they produce less heat. This means that you can save money on your energy bill while also keeping your home cooler in the summer.

Add Layers of Light

Layers of light are the best way to create ambiance in a room and make it feel more comfortable. You can do this by adding lamps next to your couch, on end tables, or even along the ceiling.

Get Creative With Light Fixtures

Pendant lights, chandeliers, and track lighting are all great ways to add personality to your home’s lighting. They can also be a great way to hide unsightly wiring or cables.

Use Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are a great way to save energy and improve your home’s lighting. They only turn on when someone enters the room, which means you don’t have to remember to turn off lights before leaving for work or going upstairs at night.

Repaint Your Walls in Cool Colors

Contrary to popular belief, improving your home’s lighting doesn’t necessarily limit you to changing out bulbs and fixtures. In fact, you can use color to create more light in a room by repainting it in a cool shade like white or gray. Cool colors reflect light better than warm colors, so they’re perfect for spaces that feel a little dark.

Lighting is an often overlooked aspect of any home makeover, but it can affect how your space feels. Take the time to consider our tips above on the best ways to improve your home’s lighting. From adding dimmers, layering the light fixtures, and even installing a new light fixture—all these steps will help make your home feel more comfortable and welcoming.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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