As winter sets in, the quality of lighting in your home becomes apparent. During the spring and summer months natural light helps to offset the darker areas of your home. But, when there may be upwards of twelve hours of darkness in a day, dark spots become obvious. These are areas in the home that need to be better lit up for you and your family to maximize the enjoyment of your living spaces.
Now may be a good time to take a lighting inventory of your residence. The purpose of this is to take stock of your current lighting and decide if it meets your needs and wants. You should do this as late evening has set in and no ambient light is available. Be methodical in your approach.
For example, start at one corner such as the kitchen. Stand in different parts of the room and turn on varying lights. Then assess if they offer the amount of illumination you need to utilize the space appropriately. For example, if you are preparing a meal do you have enough overhead light? Or, would it be better if you had under cabinet lighting? Perhaps you already have this type of lighting, but you realize it is not bright enough to serve your needs. Again, look at the lighting fixtures you have and decide if they are the style you like.
Be prepared to perform this same evaluation throughout your home. You may need to do this over several days to ensure you have been accurate and thorough. Perhaps, you have looked at your family’s main gathering area – such as a recreation room or a den – and realize it might be more enjoyable with track, accent or recess lighting. Maybe you would prefer dimmer switches instead of the simple on/off option.
Today many people choose different types of night lights, so the home is not totally dark when someone gets up in the middle of the night. Too, while you are reviewing your lighting, you may want to look at your wiring, plugs and lighting receptacles with a critical eye. Does anything need replacing?
And, don’t forget to perform this same assessment outside the home to ensure the areas of your yard and entryway are well-lit.