improve home lighting

Homeowner Talks: Improving Your Lighting

Ian Mutuli
Updated on
Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Get Smarter On Architecture and Design

Get the 3-minute weekly newsletter keeping 5K+ designers in the loop.

Enter your Email to Sign up


Decoration pieces and other items can make a room stand out. However, these alone cannot finish the job. Your room becomes better with efficient lighting. Lighting can speak volumes when it comes to function and aesthetics. So you cannot have a place in your home without proper lighting systems. So for today’s guide, we will show you how to improve the lighting systems in your home. Let’s get things going!

1. Funky with focal points

You have the option to set your lighting system in any part of a room’s ceiling or wall. However, you have to take note of what we call focal points. Pick a location that does not cause your lighting system to obstruct anything else. It might be awkward to see a chandelier that blocks a painting or two.

2. Hello dimmer, my old friend

It would also be a wise decision to install dimmer lights in your home. Why? These lighting options allow you to make a room as dim as it can get, adding ambiance to the area. Not only that, but dimmer lights also do not consume that much energy. You will get to save money on electricity bills.

3. Winning with windows

Nope, it is not the computer operating system you are using. We are talking about the structures that allow light to come into your home. Windows are your best choice in terms of allowing natural light inside any room. You can improve things by pairing windows with bright-colored curtains, including whites and yellows. Doing so enhances the light entirely – and you do not have to pay a cent for it.

4. Farewell old fixtures

It is paramount that you replace old light fixtures in your home, especially if they are old or damaged entirely. Doing so makes your light and electrical systems safer to use. Not only that, but you can also find new lighting systems that cannot fit with the old fixtures.

5. Switch it, baby

The same goes for the numerous light switches at home. You need to check up on them eventually. Replace any old and damaged ones. New and efficient switches can make quite a difference in safety than old and broken ones.

6. Level up with light control

Dozens of new systems come with light control features. These applications and devices allow you to control your light and other appliances with the click of a button. They may be expensive, but such an investment will be worth it in the long run.

7. Love the layers

You might notice that some rooms have too much or too little lighting. That is because these structures do not have layers. Layers are that which create balance in light. Do yourself a favor and make sure your rooms have light layers. You can get creative with layers by messing around with fixtures and bulb wattage.

8. Lighting up your imagination

Another way you can improve on lighting is by going with unorthodox and out-of-the-box light systems. You are not constrained to just walls and ceilings. You can get creative with how you install lighting in a particular room. Why not give desk lamps a shot? Or perhaps set up a meter-long faerie light system? These creative lighting touches can spark your inner artist.

9. Work with scale

Scale plays a very crucial role when you set your lighting fixture. A wide area requires a durable lighting system and fixture. Your lighting system should also go well with the structure’s overall theme.

10. So LED up

LED or light-emitting diode light systems are the future of lighting in homes and businesses. These technological advances allow rooms and areas to have sufficient lighting without causing that much of an impact on the environment. Not only that, but you can customize an LED light system.

11. Smart with shades

Lampshades provide ambient lighting to any location you place them. But you can improve things by paying attention to a shade. It allows you to find that exact lighting effect that is neither too bright nor too dim.

12. Check online

You can also find new lighting systems, as well as maintenance tips and gear on thousands of websites online like Walters Wholesale. Who knows? You might find a lighting system that fits perfectly with your entire home. Check things out online right away!

It is true that this little guide might not have all the answers to improve how you want your lighting systems at home or in your business. The rest would be up to you. You can take your search to the internet or find inspiration from all around you. Good luck!

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Related Articles
interior design materials

Interior Design Materials That Add Depth and Character

The right choice of texture and materials in interior design holds significant importance as it determines the feel of your ...

Planter Design for Indoor Spaces

Trend Alert: The Latest in Planter Design for Indoor Spaces

Indoor planters are a great way to add life and light to your space. According to Allied Market Research, the ...

Composite Deck Skirting Ideas

Composite Deck Skirting Ideas – Enhance The Look & Functionality

Unleash the full potential of your deck with composite skirting ideas that add style, durability, and functionality to your outdoor ...