Whether you want to make your kitchen brighter or illuminate your new garden, installing indoor or outdoor lighting should be a project left to the professionals.
Installing new lighting can be a challenging and potentially dangerous task, so here we’ll explore what’s involved, so you can know what to expect to help your project goes a smoothly as possible.
The first consideration for your new lighting is whether you opt for conventional or LED lighting.
LED lighting has become increasingly popular in recent years as it can offer a much longer lamp life yet lower running costs. LED lighting can also produce some stunning lighting options and schemes.
LED can be used for a variety of applications from the simple and subtle to larger lighting installations. You can also enjoy colour changing effects that look stunning indoors or in your garden.
You will also need to consider where you would like your new lighting to be installed. While our recommended electricians can assist you on optimum placement, it is worth thinking about where you would benefit from more light.
For example, in a kitchen, you may find that you struggle to see your work surfaces when you’re relying solely on a central ceiling light. In this scenario, your kitchen is likely to benefit from installing multiple LED spotlights or even under cabinet lighting. This will allow you to illuminate your work surfaces more clearly to make meal prep easier.
In other areas of your home, you may prefer to have the option of more flexible lighting that allows it to be brighter when you need it, but more subdued at other times.
For example, in a lounge, you may like it nice and bright when you’re reading, but prefer to have lower light if you’re relaxing or watching television.
Since lamps are not always possible, as they tie up power sockets and require cables to be run into the room, you may prefer to have adjustable lighting installed with a dimmer switch or two separate switches to have less or more lighting as required.
The outside of your home can be just as important as indoors when you consider lighting.
With so few bright, clear evenings, without lighting, you may not be able to enjoy your garden for most of the year. However, installing lighting can allow you to sit out even after dark.
There is a wealth of options from general outdoor lighting to architectural lighting. So, you’ll need to think about the ambiance you would like to create.
Do you want powerful lighting that illuminates your patio, or would you prefer more subtle lighting that highlights certain areas of your garden?
Once you have an idea of how you would like to light your garden, all of our recommended electricians can advise you of the most appropriate lighting options.
It is also worth thinking about whether you would benefit from other electrical installations in your garden. While the electrician is planning the work, it may be possible to include additional power points, shed lighting or even pond pumps to enhance the functionality and appearance of your garden.
If you’re in the process of renovating your home or garden and need more lighting installed ask for any electrician to come round and advise you before going ahead. All our recommended electricians offer this service free-of-charge.
If you’d like to speak to them, you can find our recommended electrician in your area here.
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