How To Use Inexpensive Lighting
Lighting is the one, single most important means of affecting the atmosphere of any room. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you improve the lighting and appearance of your house, its value will also increase. Lighting enhances any decor. However, you do not have to use expensive lighting, budget or discount light is just as good in many cases.
There are thousands of types of lighting, at least one of which will suit the type of decor that you have. Lighting is best kept understated. Up lighting, down lighting and back lighting are fantastic ways of lighting up objects in a room. The days of a single pendant lamp hanging from a rose in the centre of the ceiling are long gone but if you do have to have one, at least put a dimmer on it.
Using many lights in place of one powerful light does not have to be more expensive. Typically, the one powerful light was a 100 watt bulb, so you could have four 20 watt wall lights and still save 20% on electricity. Or you could use one 40 watt bulb in a standard floor lamp or table lamp for reading or working and save 60% on your lighting bill.
Apart from the savings, a wrought iron floor or table lamp is far more beautiful that a hanging light. How about candelabra? You could make use of candelabra to startling effect, whether you use candles in them or small light bulbs.
Candles have made a big comeback too. Many people use candles for subsidiary or even back-up lighting and candelabra are one of the hottest latest trends. Interior designers are buying them up antique shops and painting them bright colours. You can see them in the photos of the houses of many celebrities. A lot of people use candelabra in conjunction with aromatherapy too.
Another aspect of lighting is security. A well-lit house is less likely to be burgled than a dingy house. Outside lighting can also play a key role in security measures. External lighting that is controlled by movement or heating sensors to switch them on are the best means of discouraging burglars.
External lighting is the best deterrent, but it can also be beautiful. Back or up lighting on a water fall, a pond or a striking arrangement of plants or bushes is stunning in the dark. Spotlights have a role to play in lighting up garden plants as well.
If you want to give your fish free, organic meat to eat, put a floodlight or even an ultraviolet light at the pond side. If you switch it on for a few hours after dusk, hundreds of flies, moths and mosquitoes will be drawn to it and fall into the water, where your fish will be waiting for them.
You can have a lot of fun with lighting and the possibilities are endless. Both indoor and outdoor lighting can increase the beauty of your home and garden, but they also have functional uses: they permit you to see what you are doing and what other people are doing, which is why they are a good deterrent. Good lighting also makes anyone living alone feel more secure.