How to Update Your Interior Lighting Plan

Home Improvement

Are you ready to tackle a home improvement project this spring but you want to make sure it delivers maximum results? If so, you may want to think about updating your interior lighting plan. This is a feature that gets ignored far too often but lighting actually plays a huge role in the design, décor, ambiance, and functionality of the different rooms in your house. So, let’s take a deeper look at the steps you can take that make it possible to update the interior lighting in your home.

Determine the Purpose of the Light

A good question to start with is what the purpose of that particular light fixture is. Will it be the main source of light in the room or is meant for specific tasks or just ambiance? You answer will help determine the style of light fixture that makes sense.

Some of the most common light fixtures to choose from include ceiling lights, pendant, chandeliers, recessed lighting, table and floor lamps, wall sconces, track lighting, and linear LED style lighting.

What is the Style of the Room?

Now it’s time to think about the style of the room. What is the color scheme, what type of décor does it have, and figure out how a light fixture can complement the space. You may even want the light fixture to act as a statement piece. This is often the case with pendant and ceiling lighting as well as chandeliers.

How Big of a Light Fixture Do You Need?

It’s also important you don’t get distracted just by the looks of potential options; you also need to factor in size. How big of a light fixture does the room need? Maybe you need more than one in order to light all corners of the room adequately. A good rule of thumb to use is that a room that is 8×10 feet will likely need a light fixture that is 18 inches in width. Any smaller and it may not do a good enough job.

Consider an Energy Saving Retrofit

Another tip is to look at what commercial buildings are doing where lighting is concerned. Many are now embracing complete energy saving retrofit projects in order to cut back on energy usage and, therefore, save money. You can check out companies like to see how they go about these retrofits and then apply them to your home interior lighting choices.

And keep in mind, just because you want to go with an energy savings option doesn’t mean you make sacrifices where design is concerned. It’s all about the bulbs you use, and things like timers, dimmers, and even motion sensors (ideal for outdoor lighting).

A Lighting Plan that Truly Makes Sense

If you’re ready to update the lighting in your home it’s important you take a number of factors into consideration. It’s much more than just picking a fixture that catches your attention, as lighting plays an important and functional role in each room. Taking your time to plan out your design and do your research will pay off.