Spring is a huge time for home renovations and construction. People are redeveloping their interior and exterior, implementing the ideas that mulled through their head all winter. Since the time for work is now, maybe it’s finally time to change up your home’s lighting design to manage mood, aesthetic, and energy consumption for the coming year.
Especially with indoor lighting, there are multiple options for replacement light bulbs and systems that can be implemented early on. Such systems can dramatically change a room or interior design, which is why an understanding of some of the different techniques is going to be helpful to making the best decision for interior lighting. The following is a breakdown of the pros and cons of a few popular interior lighting renovations, and the impact that they will have on a home.
Recessed lighting pushes the bulb into the ceiling, enabling a softer and indirect light. The installation can be handled by any contracting or indoor light company, and the results add a nice glow and elegance to your room; perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and kitchens.
Pros: Recessed lighting enables a soft, ambient light that relaxes the eyes. Also, as there is no dangling light or chandelier, there is no danger of it getting knocked down in rooms with heavy traffic.
Cons: The installation requires a certain thickness to your ceiling, and must meet building codes of insulation around the recess so that the warm replacement light bulbs do not create a fire hazard.
Light-emitting diode is one of the newest advancements in indoor lighting technology. LED function through energy being accelerated to high temperatures in little diodes. LED technology has been around for years, but only recently got around a temperature barrier that had prevented it from widespread commercial and domestic use.
Pros: LED lights consume minimal amounts of energy to produce the same amount of light. LEDs tend to last long as well, and the color of the light can sometimes be altered to change the mood of a room.
Cons: The biggest con for LED lighting is its price tag. You’ll end up saving on bills in the long run, but installing LED light is going to cost more than a simple light bulb replacement. Weigh your cost efficiency and long term plans for this purchase.
Energy saving light designs have grown by leaps and bounds to offer a responsible and forward thinking alternative to homeowners. Labeled with the distinct ENERGY Star branding, these energy efficient options come in everything from fluorescent light fixtures to fluorescent bulbs.
Pros: Saves money on energy bills while protecting the environment by utilizing fewer resources. Pretty much matches the output of a standard incandescent bulb.
Cons: Not as effective as LED (thought cheaper). Also, some fluorescent tubes are highly brittle and can break easily.