The main reason for using LED lights is that they’re environmentally friendly since they do not contain mercury or any other toxic or hazardous materials. Additional benefits:
Here are four bulbs that interior designers swear by.
They are your best option when it comes to illumination, because they let you effortlessly adjust the feel of the room for mood or activity. Changing from switches to dimmers is a quick job for one of our electricians. Please note that dimmers are not just for overheads. You can put a lamp on a dimmer or even opt to have the whole room’s “lights cape” – ceiling, table, and floor lamps – all on a single dimmer switch. Dimmers also save energy and extend the lives of bulbs.
Most dimmers cycle the light on and off 120 times per second – faster than your eye can detect. The longer the light is ON versus OFF, the brighter the light output. Likewise, the longer the light is OFF versus ON, the lower the light output and the greater the energy savings. Dimming the light by just 10 percent more than doubles the life of the bulb.
Halogen light bulbs use about 20 to 30 percent less electricity as compared to incandescent light bulbs. Halogen bulbs turn on instantly and are fully dimmable, which makes them adaptable to use with standard dimmer switches. They provide brighter, cleaner light. Halogen light bulbs are environmentally safe as they don’t contain any mercury. However, halogen bulbs get very hot and should not be placed near draperies, bedding, clothing and hanging plants, which increases the risk of fire.
Depending on how hot it is wrongly wired, it might appear to work or appear not to work. There is a severe risk of electrocution whenever switches are incorrectly wired. One of our licensed electricians will be able to check it and rewire it properly.
There are two rules of thumb: You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambiance, and you need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, sautéing, getting dressed). Below are tips for five key areas. Just click on area of your interest.
We’re compiled few of our recommendations. Obviously, it’s all a matter of personal preference and settings should be adjusted accordingly. Below we highlight few areas and provide our input on particular specifications.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) are intended to last for up to 10,000 hours, which is almost 10 times longer than incandescent lights. A fluorescent bulb produces less heat – approximately 70% of electricity that fluorescent bulb consumes is used to generate light and only about 30% is used to generate heat. For that reason, CFLs are much more efficient and are cheaper to operate in long run while at the same time they are environmentally friendly.
One disadvantage of the fluorescent lights is that they produce less light in their later lives, it’s estimated that “economic life” of a fluorescent lamp is only about 60 percent that of its actual burn time. The lamp grows dimmer and loses color. However, even in spite of this fact, as electricity costs continue to rise, the savings of using fluorescent lights as opposed to incandescent will grow accordingly.
You need to have an outlet every six feet. This is common for living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. Outlets in these areas should be placed 18 inches from the floor. In the kitchen and bathroom, a few additional outlets will be needed for the appliances.
A smoke detector should be placed on every level of your home, including the basement. It is also important to install a smoke detector within 15 feet of sleeping areas. Wall mounted units should be placed within 4”-12” from the ceiling. For ceiling units, they should be mounted at least 4” from nearest wall. Be sure to include a smoke detector on a wall near dryers, washers and furnaces. If the smoke detectors are battery operated, test the battery regularly. For hard wired units make sure that they have a battery backup. It is imperative to periodically clean smoke detectors. Diligence with maintaining detectors in peak operating condition at all times ensures reliability of the unit and ultimately save lives.
Swapping an existing fixture for a new one is an easy job for one of our electricians. If you don’t have outlets where you need lamps, consider hiring one of our skilled electricians to install floor outlets. This is no small job; it can take about five hours and means removing a small section of flooring.