When it comes to home upgrades, lighting might not be the first thing that comes to mind. A few lighting upgrades, however, can significantly increase the value of your home and save you money. It’s not just a matter of visibility either, but comfort and security. Your house needs functional lighting; especially for rooms like your kitchen and bathroom, which is why adding a few lighting upgrades can benefit you.
A Variety of Lighting Upgrades to Consider
Upgrading your home’s lighting will depend on what you want, need, and are willing to spend. Lighting isn’t just for strictly practical uses either. By adding a few fixtures, you can accentuate artwork, paintings, and furniture. Adding a few dimmer switches adds ambiance and can save you money on your utility bills. There are a variety of lighting upgrades that can add value to your home and increase your comfort. Here ten different upgrades to consider.
- Under and over cabinet lighting. If you want to increase your home value, then you need a good looking kitchen. Adding some lighting underneath the cabinets is a great way to light up your countertops and prep areas. A LED light bar or light ropes are good options for under cabinet lighting. You also have some wiggle room in terms of style, whether you want it seamlessly hardwired into the wall or plugged in for an easy installation. Adding some lighting above your cabinets can give a very aesthetically pleasing effect.
- Flush mount fixture. For something more on the decorative side, adding a dramatic flush mount fixture to your living room or kitchen can add some lighting dimension to your home. They’re usually easy to install and add some lighting personality to a room.
- Pendant lights. Lighting should complement a room, which is why pendant lights are ideal for islands, bars, or large tables. Installing a few pendant lights can help anchor a room, giving a sense purpose to your furniture choices. The different types of style and color can be endless.
- Puck lights. Handy for hard-to-reach places and dark cramped corners, puck lights help to illuminate tricky places. Puck lights can be hardwired in for a more challenging, but professional looking project. Puck lights that are plugged in or battery operated, however, are much easier to work with. Battery operated puck lights would be the most versatile, as they can be placed anywhere.
- In-cabinet lighting. If your home needs more flair, installing some in-cabinet lighting will help improve your lighting experience. This can be particularly helpful for large or hard-to-reach cabinets, by making everything inside visible. For glass door cabinets, adding some in-cabinet lighting can provide some cozy and romantic lighting for your home.
- Track lighting. For something more practical, track lighting allows you to illuminate with precision. It makes any room look good, and provides light exactly where you need it, by allowing you to redirect each light fixture.
- If you want some dramatic flair in your house, installed a chandelier would do it. It’s important to exercise some caution when installing a chandelier, however, as you’ll want the rest of your lighting to work with it. Make sure to consider your room’s architecture, the rest of the lighting, and where you plan to hang it over first.
- Sconce lighting. To help accentuate that chandelier, one option is installing a few sconce lights on the walls. Sconce lights are generally mounted on the walls and can add some elegance to a room. They also are a great source of light in bedrooms and are usually installed next to the bed’s headboard as a reading light. Traditionally sconce lights do require you ripping out part of the wall for installation, but luckily there are plug-in sconce lights.
- Natural lighting. The more natural lighting you can add to your house, the better. Natural light helps to make your home look and feel spacious and airy. Adding a few windows or skylights can help to brighten and open up a room. A less-expensive option is sun tubes, which work similarly to a skylight, but are smaller in size and funnel in sunlight through a globe-capped tube.
- Outdoor lighting. It’s not just the inside of your home that can benefit from a lighting upgrade, but the outside. Lighting up your pathways, patio, or deck can help boost your home’s curb appeal. Including a few motion sensor floodlights to your yard and garage also adds some security to your home.
Give Your Home the Lighting It Deserves
Any upgrade is beneficial, but upgrading your home’s lighting is beyond stylish, it’s practical. Upgrading older lights to LEDs helps you save money, adding a few dramatic light fixtures can significantly increase your home value, and installing some new and beautiful lighting can also improve your sense of comfort and security. Upgrading your lighting, however, should be done by a professional. Your home’s lighting is complicated and dangerous to work with if you’re not properly trained to do so. A licensed electrician can also help you decide what lighting upgrades will best benefit your home. If you want your house to shine, don’t hesitate to call an electrician today.
Call Jones Electricians today to schedule your in-home lighting upgrade estimate!