Putting the spark into your home – Lighting installation tips [Guest Post]Posted: January 18, 2013
Having the right lighting can make a world of difference in your home. Perhaps your home office is a bit too dim for reading those vital documents, or maybe your kitchen’s florescent lights are too harsh and are giving you a headache. Being familiar with the different types of lighting will help you solve this problem.
Ceiling Lights: The Centrepiece
In general, ceiling lights act as the main source of lighting in a room. This means that you have a lot of choice in terms of the brightness and intensity of the light. Different types of ceiling lights can really change the mood of a room, ranging from a soft, relaxing glow to a harsh, direct beam for precise work.
One common type of ceiling light is track lighting, which is most commonly found in home offices or craft areas because of it gives off intense light that is good for close work. Here, light bulbs are set into a metal track in a row and the angle of each light can be changed to light up a particular area.
Another common ceiling light is florescent lighting, which consists of long tubular bulbs set into the ceiling. This type is know for both its efficiency and harshness, so it’s often used in places like basements where the mood isn’t so important.
Additionally, recessed lighting features bulbs that are set in alcoves up in the ceiling and usually line the edges of the ceiling to create a softer glow.
Finally, you can also have ceiling fan lights or chandeliers, which give off a softer light as well as blending well with the style of the room.
Other Types of Lighting
To supplement ceiling lights, many people add attractive floor and tabletop lamps when more light is needed, such as for reading or working on projects where precise work is needed like in cooking or sewing. You can find a wide variety of lamps at any furniture store, so you can shop around and choose a style that suits your decoration style.
How to Install
The first step to installing any lighting fixture is to turn off the electricity to the room where you will be working and use a tester to make doubly sure. If you begin working while the power is still on, you could get a nasty electric shock that can land you in the hospital.
Then, the next step is to have the proper tools to get started. You will need a razor and a screwdriver, as well as a stepladder if you need to reach up high. You make sure you have all of the parts that came with the fixture when you purchased it.
To begin, strip the wires on their corresponding markings. Then, install the mounting hardware using your screwdriver and the included screws. Establish an electrical connection by connecting the ground wires using a wire nut. Then screw in the fixture, the bulb and the globe. Test by turning on the power and turning the light on.
To help you, you can also follow the instructions provided with the fixture. Though the basic process is the same, there may be additional steps based on the type of light that you bought. Either way, it’s easy to install a light and the right one can make a world of difference for the ambiance of a room.