Do you find your home a little dreary and uninspiring? Or are you just in the mood for a change? If so and you're on a tight budget, don't fret. There's a fast and affordable way to makeover your home - just get some cheap lights and set them up to create the perfect ambiance for work and relaxation. It's the fast and affordable way to enhance your lifestyle.
The clever use of lighting can work wonders in your home. Just by clicking a switch, you can create the mood you want. After a long day at work you can relax in your living room to the soft glow of shaded floor lamps or skillfully directed track lights on your ceiling. When guests arrive later, a few more flicks of your switch transforms your room into a bright and cosy place to chat and have fun. And the wonderful thing is that all you need for this kind of setup is a set of cheap lights.
If you're building a new home you can plan your lighting system from the ground up. You could install recessed ceiling lights, for example, for a sleek and modern look. Or your might choose to attach wall lights at key positions in the room to provide both task lighting for functional use such as reading, or accent lighting to highlight items such as paintings, tapestries or plants. These lights are surprisingly economical to buy and install but work wonders to make your home into that special place to live.
If you live an established residence, or rented accommodation, or just don't want to indulge in major installation work, you can still use affordable lighting to transform your living environment. Many types of lights can be fitted without the need for major structural work.
You could install track lights on your ceilings to replace your old fluorescent strip, for example. Track lights are spot lights fixed on a track. Each spot light can be directed to a particular part of your room as needed. Thus one set of track lights could function as accent and ambient lighting in your living room. This is a highly economical way to illuminate your home.
Then again, you could replace old, worn out fixtures with modern stylish ones. For example, adding wall lights is a straightforward task. These sconces, as they're known, as easy to fix if you have the electrical supply in place. An even easier method is using table and floor lights to create warm areas of illumination that also function as task lighting.
You might even consider adding a chandelier. These are especially appropriate for the dining room but you could also put one in your entrance hall. These are more affordable than you may think and can imbue your home with a unique cachet.
Another option for a fast, low cost makeover is to fit stylish new lamp shades on your table lamps. You're not limited to traditional white and cream; modern lamp shades come in a wide range of styles and colors to suit every situation.
When it comes to buying cheap lights you also have to consider the type of bulb used. Your main choices are fluorescent, incandescent and LED (light emitting diodes). Fluorescents give off a harsh functional illumination which makes them most suitable for task lighting in rooms such as kitchens. You may be tempted to choose incandescent over LED as they're cheaper. However, LED lighting runs much cooler, uses less electricity and lasts much longer.
Don't neglect the outside of your home. This is the first impression that visitors get of you so it pays to make it look good. You could add some stylish porch lights or wall lights lining the entrance to your home. It creates a great look, makes your home safer, and costs are very reasonable.
You can transform your home from gloomy to groovy and on a shoestring, too. There's no need to spend for pricey furniture and fittings. Just get some budget lights and you're set.