When your home just doesn't have enough lighting, you may find that you just can't see well enough when trying to read an instruction manual or perform a little housekeeping. But too much lighting wastes energy and can ruin the ambiance of your house. The key is to find the right balance.
1. Know How Much Lighting You Need
The first step is to determine how much square footage the room has. Measure the length and width of your home and multiply both figures together. Then determine how many lumens you will need based on the type of room you are illuminating.
Not every room needs the same amount of lighting. A hallway requires much less lighting than a kitchen or bathroom. The living room and bedroom typically need lumens that are in the middle. For instance, a hallway will require around 7 lumens per square foot. A living room or bedroom will require 10 lumens per square foot. Kitchens and bathrooms require around 75 lumens per square foot.
2. Choose the Appropriate Light Fixtures for Any Room
Once you have determined how many lumens you will need, the next step is to find a fixture that generates a sufficient number of lumens. You could use one light fixture for a room or choose multiple fixtures that provide the combined lighting necessary for the particular room. By using multiple fixtures, you will be able to evenly distribute lumens throughout the room.
3. Control the Amount of Light Through Adjustable Lighting
The appropriate lumens for a given room can vary. For example, if you are watching TV in the living room, you may not need as many lights. Fortunately, there are many ways to control how much light you have in a particular room.
One option is to have multiple light sources you can turn on or off. For instance, you may only need to use one of two lamps while reading a book as your significant other watches television. Another option is to use dimmers.
Dimmers are lights that can be adjusted based on your current needs. Typically, a dimmer uses a knob rather than a switch. There are also dimmers that have different light settings that you may cycle through each time you flip the switch.
Using a dimmer makes it possible to:
- Change the mood of the room
- Lower the lighting when you have a migraine
- Illuminate the room to make cleaning easier
But there are even more sophisticated lighting control options when you implement timers and digital technology.
4. Turn the Lights Off Automatically
Timers are devices that will cut power to a light fixture to illuminate your home during a designated period of time. They can provide the following benefits:
- You won't waste energy when you forget to turn off the lights.
- Criminals will think you're home when you're not.
- You won't waste energy by keeping lights on during the day.
Timers are available for every type of light, including fixtures that plug into the wall and lights that are integrated into your electrical system. Along with using a switch, you can control your lighting from your mobile device.
5. Turn the Lights Off Manually From Anywhere
When you're away from home, you may wonder if you remembered to turn the lights off. Fortunately, by purchasing lights that are compatible with certain mobile apps, you will be able to turn your lights on and off from anywhere.
If you feel like your home doesn't have the right amount of lighting, request a quote from Langer Electric Service Co. We provide all sorts of electrical services, including lighting.