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Common Indoor Lighting Problems

Indoor Lighting
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Indoor lighting problems usually bring to mind flickering bulbs or switches that shock you if you get too close. Sure, the presence of dangerous wiring and electrical issues is certainly something you need to address with your electrician, but there’s a different type of lighting conundrum that occurs for homeowners. We’re talking about when the fixtures you have don’t provide the quality of light you need. Lighting design is an important part of making your home feel exactly the way you want it to. It can also add to your space’s overall functionality.

Not sure what we mean? Don’t worry, you know we’ll explain!

Here are some common indoor lighting design dilemmas and more importantly, watt you can do to fix them!

Kitchen Lighting Issues

Your kitchen may be well-lit in certain areas, but still create pools of darkness in all the wrong places. This is especially true if there are no windows in your kitchen. If you often find yourself chopping pineapples and mangos in your own shadow, or squinting as you’re making your favorite key lime pie recipe it’s time for an indoor lighting upgrade.

Pro Tip: Upgrading your kitchen lighting not only increases the usability of the space, but it also increases the value of your home. It’s like the real estate experts say, “two things sell homes: kitchens and bathrooms.” 

Solutions For Kitchen Lighting Problems

There are a few different ways of addressing your kitchen lighting woes. Choose your solution based on your personal taste and the aesthetics of the room.

  • Track Lighting

    Adjustable track lighting allows you to position your light sources exactly where you need them. The beauty of this type of indoor lighting is that it allows you to adjust as often as you want to without limitation.

    Alternatively, recessed halogen lights offer directional lighting that can be focused to reach where you need the light.

  • Pendant Lighting

    Have an island in your kitchen? Consider installing or upgrading the pendant lights for a gorgeous solution to an under-lit space. Pendant lights come in a range of shapes and styles to match your aesthetic. For even more light, choose a light fixture with three to four bulbs.

    Does your interior style tend to be more chic? Choose something with an extra flare. If your vibe is more minimalist, go with something simple.

  • Under Cabinet Lighting

    Installing lights under your kitchen cabinets is a great option for increasing visibility and lowering your energy bill since you won’t need to light up the entire kitchen in order to shed a little light on your countertops. The energy saving potential is especially true if you opt for LED lights!

  • Above Cabinet Lighting

    This is an indoor lighting hack that many people don’t consider when planning kitchen upgrades. While above cabinet lighting is considered to be more of a decorative type of lighting, it also serves a purpose in under-lit, dark, windowless, or galley-style kitchens.

    If your kitchen has dark cabinets and features or lacks sufficient lighting in general, installing lights above your cabinets can make a huge difference in the space. Not only that, but your kitchen will also become a conversation starter among guests. You’ll have the whole neighborhood asking for the name of your electrician!

Common Living Room Lighting Trouble

Is your living room colder than cozy? Maybe you have sufficient lighting, but the room feels unwelcoming, or you’d just like the option to dim it all down for some movie watching. Whatever your living room lighting is lacking, an electrician from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric can come up with a workable solution.

Bright Ideas for Living Room Lighting

A living room that feels clinical and cold is common in rooms that are lit only by recessed down lights. While these may provide sufficient illumination, a few added layers of light are needed to create a warm glow.

A quick fix is to angle the recessed lights to bounce off the walls rather than shine straight down. This increases the spread of light while softening it at the same time.

  • Warmer Lights with Dimming Capabilities

    For a long-term solution, rethink your indoor lighting design. To create a cozy living room haven, you’ll need ambient lighting that washes the area in a general glow. Using a warmer type of light bulb and installing dimmer switches will make a big difference too.

  • Install Wall Lighting

    Add another layer of light by installing wall sconces to provide a wash of light at eye-level and task lighting for areas where light is needed for specific purposes. With a combination of light sources, you’ll find your space becomes warm and inviting.

Bathroom Lighting Troubles

Does your bathroom lighting cast strange shadows on your face that make it hard to shave or apply make-up? Do you lack adequate light above your shower or bathtub? You might struggle with lighting that only comes from one side, making it impossible to work with both sides of your face evenly. The good news is, there are some easy ways to address these problems.

Bathroom Lighting Solutions

Some clever indoor lighting ideas can make all the difference. For starters, it’s good to begin with a general wash of light in the room.

  • Vanity Mirror Lights

    To banish awkward shadows, install frosted LED lights on either side of your bathroom mirror. This ensures an even view of your face and reflection. You could also choose to upgrade your bathroom mirror to one that has LED lighting built in. You’ll never have to worry about uneven make-up application ever again!

  • Shower and Bathtub Lighting

    Most bathrooms have lights above the mirror and sink but can lack illumination elsewhere. If you lack sufficient lighting over your bathtub or shower, having an electrician install lights overhead is a great bathroom addition. Ladies (and gentlemen) rejoice! Imagine how great it will be to never miss a spot while shaving your legs, again!

Common Indoor Lighting Problems Solved

Whether your home’s lighting is too bright, too dim, non-existent, or simply in all the wrong places, an electrician from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will help you get it just right. Indoor lighting systems bring all your interior design elements together and showcases your home in a new light! If you’re thinking about upgrading key areas of your home’s lighting, you’re in the right place. 

Feeling enlightened? Contact Art at 1-800-475-1504 for an estimate on your indoor lighting upgrades, today!

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