Home décor styles are always changing. One way to upgrade a home’s style is to add new lighting and change out lighting fixtures. While you’re at it, you can also upgrade the electrical system of your home for better safety. Think about how much better your home will look with a new pendant light over the kitchen island, or new lighting fixture both sides of your front entry door, or a new chandelier hanging in the foyer. And today’s new lighting upgrades and fixtures are designed to be more energy efficient, which will lower your monthly power bill.
Lighting upgrades to consider adding to your home include LED lights, dimmer switches, and motion sensor lights. Adding lighting upgrades and changing lighting fixtures is a simple do-it-yourself task most homeowners can tackle. But if live wires are not your idea of fun, you can hire an electrician to come into your home to get the job done.
Installing dimmer switches around the house will save you money on your monthly power bill. The great thing about dimmer switches is that you control the amount of electricity flowing to a particular group of lights. Let’s say you have a few rows of recessed lights in the kitchen. When the kitchen is not in use, but you’d still like to slightly light the space, the dimmer switch gives you this control. You could cut your energy consumption for these lights by 50 percent when dimmed. Or to create mood lighting in the dining room, you can lower the lights with a simple slide of the dimmer. Dimmer switches are also helpful when you’re not home, but want to leave lights on to give the impression that someone is at home. Dimmer switches also prolong the life of light bulbs because the lights don’t always run at a higher temperature.
Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are installed outside a house. These devices are inexpensive and easy to install. When someone or something comes into range of the sensor, the lights automatically come on. The advantage is that on a dark night, friendly people approaching your house will have light along driveways and sidewalks. And on a dark night, when unfriendly people may be approaching your house, the motion sensor light will shine upon them scaring them away.
Energy Efficient LED Lighting
To lower your monthly power bill, you can install new LED lighting fixtures. Compared to the old incandescent lighting fixtures, LED lighting fixtures are up to 80 percent more efficient. Over time, that’s lots of power savings. LED lightbulbs also last much longer than incandescent lightbulbs. So, additionally, you won’t need to replace the lightbulbs as frequently, which will save you money on replacements.
If you live in an older home, you should hire a company specializing in electrical repair in Duluth, GA, to replace the outlets with GFCI outlets in areas where water is used, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Water and electricity are not a good combination and poses the potential for fatal electric shock. GFCI outlets, which stands for ground fault circuit interrupter, solve this problem. GFCI outlets are designed to fail and cut the electrical power if water or something wet touches the outlet. For example, if you dropped a curling iron into a sink of water, the GFCI outlet protects a homeowner from electric shock. In today’s construction, building codes require that GFCI outlets are installed in all kitchens and bathrooms and near all potential wet areas.
For more information on upgrading lighting fixtures and for improving your home’s electrical safety, call the Home Fix-It Divas at 770-367-1818.