An essential element of any room, the right lighting can take a scheme from dark and dingy to cozy and welcoming with the flick of a switch.

Options are limitless, and with the popularity of “smart” lighting, you can upgrade almost any area of your home. One feature we had the fun of installing was a bathroom touch mirror that lights up with different features for your morning routine. Another common installation are Motion Sensor strip lights in the kitchen, lighting the way for those late-night snacks.

Whilst all these lighting choices are aesthetically functional, it’s important to make sure they are practical for your own home, bringing that modern living style whilst improving safety at the same time.

The following is two of our recommended lighting safety upgrades that will provide practical and stylish lighting in every room:

Switches and Controls

Today, the functions of a switch aren’t just restricted to switching a light on or off. There are so many designs and technologies to choose from when it comes to getting a light switch.

If you have basic switches that flick on and off with a crackle and a pop, you might want to think about this as an opportunity for an upgrade. Light switches usually last for decades after they have been installed, so they’re a long-term investment.

Dimmer switches don’t cost much more than traditional toggle switches, but they add a whole spectrum of light levels that can transform the way a room feels. And if you want a sophisticated switch, ask for models with built-in timers or smart switches, which you can program and control from anywhere in the world using your smartphone.

There’s no need to make a big change, but when a light switch is telling you it’s on its way out, there is a need to listen.

LED Lighting

Halogen Down Lights were a popular light fitting throughout the early 2000s, and many homes built or renovated in this era have these fittings. Homeowners looked to Halogen Downlights as practical lighting for the more basic areas of the home; Bedrooms, Bathrooms, and Laundry, or to add stylish features and warmth to Main Lounge and Dining areas.

Many are lead by misconceptions that Halogen lighting is cheaper to install, cheaper to run, and more modern. However, LED’s are a far superior lighting option for use in homes, specifically in terms of safety, energy efficiency, longevity, and reliability. For instance, Halogen downlights are rated to last up to 8,000 hours.

Now, while this might sound like a lot, it isn’t very much when you compare it to the average LED downlight, which is rated to last over 40,000 hours!

LED lighting also opens more possibilities for attractive decorative lighting and better switching options that allow you to better control your energy efficiency and increase the drama of your lighting scheme. They are the perfect replacement for your old-fashioned Halogens and are generally a simple process to install as they come as a unit of light and fitting all-in-one.

Smart lighting choices in your home help reduce your power bill while giving you the look and style you want.

If your feeling like it’s time for an upgrade, book in your job with Moses Electrical. Our friendly electricians can provide helpful suggestions on your upgrade options, and a premium service every time.

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