Your Lighting Needs Change with the Seasons
While it may seem obvious that your indoor lighting needs are different during the winter, itandrsquo;s not just due to the shorter days. It can definitely feel like sunlight in the winter is weaker than it is during the summer. This is because, with the earthandrsquo;s tilt, the angle at which the sunandrsquo;s rays hit the earth is different. They are shallower and consequently, less of the sunandrsquo;s energy is hitting the earth. Therefore, we have colder temperatures and seemingly weaker sunlight.
So, what should you do to enhance your indoor lighting in the winter? Below we offer four tips for improving your indoor lighting this winter.
Tip #1: Add Table and Floor Lamps
Increasing the amount of lighting in your home is the first step to improving the overall feel of your home. Not only does this make your house brighter, it also allows you the creative opportunity to select unique fixtures and design pieces to enhance the style of your home. Decide where you would like more light and select fixtures accordingly.
Not sure youandrsquo;re ready to purchase new table lamps? Try moving lamps you already own to new locations. This will help you determine if adding a new fixture will solve your problem, as well as give you an idea of the type of lighting fixture you want.
Tip #2: Change Your Lightbulbs
Another way to get improved lighting is by changing out your existing lightbulbs for brighter ones. Many of your low-wattage incandescent bulbs can be swapped for brighter, energy-efficient bulbs. Just be sure you are selecting a bulb with an appropriate wattage for the fixture and the color temperature you prefer. Similarly, if you want brighter or warmer light, changing bulbs for the same wattage but in a different color can give you the change you need for a very low cost.
Tip #3: Consider Adding Task Lighting
With the sun setting earlier in the winter, you may find that everyday tasks need more lighting than they did during the summer. This is especially noticeable if this is your first winter in a new home. If you consistently need more light in certain areas, installing permanent task lighting may be a good option for you. For example, under-cabinet lighting can make preparing dinner easier, while a pendant over your favorite reading chair can make the space feel cozier.
Speak with the lighting experts at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar to discuss your task lighting options. Our indoor lighting designers can help you bring more light to your home in a convenient and aesthetically pleasing way.
Tip #4: Increase Your Natural Light
If youandrsquo;re looking to improve the light in your home, it is important to maximize your natural lighting. Open your curtains and blinds during the day, ensuring that you can take advantage of the daylight hours (for south-facing windows, this can also help boost the warmth in your home without turning on the heater - a win-win!). If you are concerned about privacy, consider using sheer curtains that still provide privacy while allowing light to filter in.
Relatedly, mirrors around your home can also help capture and direct natural light from your windows. Place mirrors opposite your windows to help boost the overall brightness of the room.
Need more help improving your indoor lighting? Give Valley a call for more guidance!Our licensed electricians help with all things lighting, from fixing flickering lights to installing dimmer switches to helping you pick out new pendants for over your kitchen island.