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Since Thomas Edison invented the first, commercially practical light bulb back in 1879, our homes have dazzled with the incandescent fruits of his labor, from morning till night. It is rare to find a room not illuminated by some form of bulb or electric light these days, but just how efficient are we really at best utilizing the lighting we have available? If your electricity bills are soaring yet your home remains gloomy and glum, then this article is for you.

So, first and foremost, what’s the point? Why bother improving the lighting in your home? Well, there are a number of benefits to bettering your light conditions. Good lighting increases the contrast and clarity of your surroundings, making it easier to carry out simple, everyday tasks. It makes your home safer, as poor lighting can lead to slips and falls on stairs or steps. In the kitchen, an absence of sufficient light can cause cuts and scalds when cooking, and a well lit bathroom has to been shown to improve personal hygiene. It also enhances the aesthetics of your home; interior designers focus hugely upon where and how best to light an area in keeping with the theme of the room or your entire home. We often overlook the importance of proper lighting, but with a few simple changes, you can easily improve the luminosity in your home.

Increase the Brightness

The most effective method of increasing the brightness in any given room is to illuminate the ceiling and the upper half of the walls. It is often tempting to simply fit a stronger bulb in order to achieve this, but increasing the number of lights, or opting for a multiple arm as opposed to a single pendant fitting, are alternative options that can offer better results. If you’re looking to invest in some custom made lights then chandeliers are a beautiful addition to hallways or communal areas, and produce excellent amounts of light.

Opt for Lighter Colours

Lighter colours reflect more light than darker colours. Opting for lighter fabrics and décor can hugely improve appearance and lighting of a room. White ceilings and walls reflect light around the room and ensure a better, more even distribution of light around the room. Finally, use a lighter shade, although if glare becomes a problem, chose a shade that covers the bulb, or a bulb that is concealed by the shade.

Avoid Patterns

Try to refrain from using heavily patterned flooring or furniture, as these as a sure-fire way to reduce visibility of corners, edges, and inclines and declines. This is especially important on steps and stairs, as you want to minimize the trip hazard in these areas.

Make the Most of Daylight

Nothing brightens up a home quite like natural light; it is the most attractive, readily available light source and best of all, it’s free! To optimise the amount of daylight you get in each room, use white windowsills and window frames wherever possible, rather than darker colours or materials such as stone or wood. Keep windows clean both inside and out, and install curtain hooks to tie back curtains rather than just pulling them open. Avoid using net curtains unless privacy is required, and if you do need net curtains, opt for thinner, lightweight fabrics with open designs; the more light that is able to pass through unabated the better.

These suggestions are fairly simple to put into effect, and, once applied, you should notice an immediate difference to the lighting conditions in your home. Certain rooms will require more effort – bathrooms, for example, need lights that are safe in moist conditions – but generally these suggestions are applicable to all rooms in your house. If you want to improve the aesthetics of your lighting, then why not commission an interior designer to create some elegant, tasteful lighting conditions to bring the best out of your home? Caroline Harrowby’s Harrowby Designs specialize in all forms of design project management, from building a new private residence, to renovating an existing property: and that includes the lighting! If you want to brighten up your day, why not try brightening up your house first?

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