It's not uncommon for older houses to have substandard lighting, so if you want a relatively fast and easy upgrade that will give you the most bang for your buck, take a look at how you can improve the lighting. After all, no one wants to hang out in a dark house or struggle to see at night! Plus, if you are planning other home improvement projects, updating the lighting is a great way to highlight your decor. Here are a few lighting upgrades our real estate agents say are worth the investment.
- Task Lighting
One of the major areas where most houses fail the lighting test is having enough lighting to comfortably complete a task. Task lighting is focused light in areas where you need it most, such as food prep areas in the kitchen, craft room surfaces, and bedside lighting for reading. For instance, under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen has become the gold standard for providing enough light for food preparation, and track lighting makes a good flexible option for a craft room.
- Dimmer Switches
Just as sometimes you want more focused light, it's also true that you don't always want the room to be lit up like midday. Installing dimmer switches are a perfect way to quickly convert your lighting to a more flexible design. With a dimmer switch, overhead lighting can go from bright and focused, to a soft ambiance in seconds. Dimmer switches are typically inexpensive and relatively easy to install.
- LED Bulbs
Incandescent and even CFL bulbs are so yesterday! LED has everything you need: clean, clear light that's affordable, runs cool and uses next to nothing on your utility bill. LED lights are a favorite for everything from stair lights since they can be left on all the time and not overheat or draw too much power, to task lighting since they produce clear bright light.
- Stair Lights
Dark or dim stairways are a significant hazard, as a lot of falls can happen when you can't clearly see where to put your feet (or whether a cat or dog is underfoot). LED stair lights are a perfect solution for preventing accidents. They run cool, draw very little energy, and can be left on all the time so that no one ever takes the stairs in the dark.
An old fashioned home with poor lighting can feel like a cave, which is certainly the last impression you want to give someone else when they're touring Houma homes for sale! The key to modern indoor lighting is making sure you meet all three criteria: creating ambiance, illuminating tasks, and highlighting decor. Are you wanting a professional to give you the green light for selling your home, or do you need some assistance finding your dream house? Contact us today and one of our agents will be happy to shed some light on the subject.