Replacing and adding light fixtures and changing out bulbs can make a significant difference in your indoor and outdoor aesthetic. While you could spend a lot of money on expensive and upscale light fixtures, there are also affordable lighting upgrades that are easy to implement. Check out some of our ideas for both the indoor and outdoor areas of your home.
Affordable Lighting Upgrades for Outdoor Spaces
Curb appeal matters at night as much as it does in the daytime. You can illuminate your property through porch light fixtures, motion-sensor lights, and pathway lights.
There is probably already a light fixture installed near your front door or over your front porch. Do you like the style of this fixture? Is it in good condition? Your porch may benefit from a new, modern light fixture. Luckily, outdoor light fixtures can be found for around $100 and come in a variety of styles, so you can easily find a new one that will look great on your home.
Motion-sensor lights are functional in more ways than one. They turn on when they sense someone walking by, which makes your property safer by preventing falls. Also, adding motion-sensor lights is a great home security measure. Burglars want to sneak onto a dark property where they can’t be seen, but when a light detects motion and turns on all of a sudden, it will likely deter them. Install motion-sensor lights near steps and by entrances on the side and back of the house.
Pathway lights are attractive and very affordable. They are solar-powered and the sharp tip is simply driven into the ground. They come in multiple colors and styles and are so affordable and easy to install that you can purchase a lot of them to put all over your property. Use them to line pathways and put them in garden beds to show off your landscaping.
Affordable Lighting Upgrades for the Indoors
The lighting has a big impact on each room of the house, and different types of lighting are appropriate for different rooms.
Kitchen and Bathrooms
Rooms like bathrooms and kitchens require bright lighting since you’ll be doing things like using knives and applying makeup. Track lighting fixtures are popular for both rooms as they provide bright overhead light that can be pointed at different angles to create dimension. In the bathroom, it is also beneficial to have a light that is hooked up to a ventilation fan to help reduce humidity and prevent mold. For kitchens, pendulum lights that hang down over an island or sink are also a great choice to provide extra light in a workspace.
Affordable Lighting Upgrades for Living Areas
In living rooms and bedrooms, bright light can be harsh and uncomfortable. Indirect light from lamps, as opposed to overhead light fixtures, is preferable in rooms that are meant for rest and relaxation. Use soft white bulbs for lamps instead of those labeled “daylight”. You can wire your outlets to light switches to make it easier to turn on and off lamps.