Have you considered changing how your house is lit lately?Even just changing the types of light bulbs you are using? You might wish toswap your normal lighting for down-lights in the kitchen or spotlights in thebedroom, or finally do that loft conversion you’ve been talking about foryears. Some of you, might want to just put a little lighting in the garden shedso you can potter in peace no matter the hour.
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Luckily, there is now an online guide on how to approach DIY lighting projects in the home. This guide hasbeen divided into three sections covering rooms, light bulb types and generaladvice. Today we are going to consider how you should consider your DIYlighting project and why you should be considering LED light bulbs.
Why LEDs? Quite simply, they are the most energy efficientbulbs on the planet, saving on electricity costs and cutting our impact on theenvironment. They are also easily the most flexible and diverse lights,allowing you to truly revolutionize your home lighting.
Now, let’s look at each room:
StandardRooms: These include bedrooms, kitchensand living rooms where you’re likely to have existing wiring, junctions andswitches. You can choose plug and play lighting, recessed lighting, andspotlights.
LoftConversions: Lighting these spaces iscomplicated by a lack of wall spaces for wiring, limiting you to two end wallsrather than 4 all around. Relying on underfloor wiring means ensuring they arewell insulated and ceiling lights may prove difficult. Most conversions utilizespotlights.
GarageWorkshops: Most garages will havepre-installed sockets and will house the building’s main fuses and circuitboard. This makes installing lights relatively simple, so you will need apowerful main light but if you are running electric tools or workstations, youmay want focused spotlights to improve visibility for you work.
Sheds: Distance from the house means you need to lay downcabling. Otherwise spotlights and traditional lights.
In terms of types of lights, these include:
Down-lights – recessed lights, require the mostwork to install
Spotlights– need screwing into position, wiringin walls
TubeLights – need a good fixture and ceilingwiring
Floodlights– external security lights
High Bays: same as above
Bulkheads: requires screwing a fixture into the wall
A quick word on health and safety. Prepare carefully beforeany DIY, use appropriate clothing, safety equipment, and hire an electricianfor the installation of new wiring.
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