There are many creative ways to use lights and lighting effects in your home, some more popular than other and some more tasteful than others too.
But what if you are thinking about installing some mood lighting or ambient lighting in your home? What might you need to know before you buy and what kind of lights are out there to help you achieve the desired effect?
Downlighters vs. Uplighters
Many houses here in the UK have transitioned towards ceiling downlights and spotlights in many rooms around the home. Although these lights give a modern and generally wide covering of light at floor level, depending on your ceiling height and the size of your room could mean costly things for your bank account when you start to think about installing spotlights.
Requiring light bulb holders some spotlights also require individual drivers to power the bulbs making each spotlight fitting cost around £100 when all is said and done, yet to cover a room which is about 10 foot by 10 foot you will need at least 8 if not 10 ceiling spotlights spread over 2ft away from each other (check this app to see if you have enough bulbs to light a room).
For the same room, you might only need two uplighters to cast enough light at the ceiling, hence spotlights do look great in some houses but can be an costly form of light fixture so be sure that you are happy with this style for many years to come – swapping out the present spotlight bulbs with LED spotlight bulbs is one way which over time you can begin to recoup the cost of installing this style of light fixture.
Table lamps vs. floor standing lights
When it comes to choosing between table or floor lights the question and debate really lies in the decorators’ preference as well as existing features of a room. Floor standing lamps can take up a bit of room and as such don’t provide a surface to put thing on which a table lamps table might. As well, floor standing lights can have a variety of bases which may make them unstable on thick shag piles and carpets. Table lamps are often cheaper than floor standing lights and the variety of designs can create some outstanding home improvements and desired looks to a room.
Again using LED bulbs in either table or a floor light is fine as the bulbs you buy to fit should be direct fitments for the base type of the lamp in question often E14 in table lights or E27/ B22 fitting for floor lights.
Now you know more about the type of lighting you can use in your home its time to start shopping around and getting an idea of the style of light fixtures you want, then it’s a simple case of swapping over to LED light bulbs to save even more money over the life of your new stylish addition.