I have outdated home lighting, how do I revamp it?
Lighting Advice: You haven't replaced the dark wood light fixtures and bare glaring bulbs that came with your dream home when you purchased the house five years ago. The lighting looks tired (in real estate-speak that's called functional obsolescence) and you're weary of looking at it. You feel like yanking the wiring out of your walls and starting fresh. But before you demolish your home, check out our less-destructive home lighting makeover ideas.
- Old rectangular fluorescent lighting fixtures are out. However, you may not be able to rewire the room easily. Add Kichler task lighting beneath wall cabinets and appliances in places such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
- While Old World Style is tremendously popular, old and failing light bulbs are not. Keep the antique wall sconces, but invest in some recessed Juno lighting.
- Halogen bulbs last longer than incandescent light, so you may have to replace some light fixtures that aren't designed for halogen.
- If you have fluorescent home lighting fixtures, opt for the newer CFL flood-light type bulb or full-spectrum lights, which save energy. Full-spectrum lights give your home a facelift, since objects appear as they do in normal daylight.
Antique-looking homes are wonderful, but outdated lighting isn't. Save your nostalgia for antique and consignment shops.
Lighting Frequently Asked Questions
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I have outdated home lighting, how do I revamp it?
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Tiffany style lamps are fragile, how do I care for them?
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I've heard underlights can burn kitchen cabinets, is this true?
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I have a few 3-light fixtures, is there any problem with mixing wattage? So in one fixture to have a 60 watt bulb, and a 40 watt, and a 50 watt? Does mixing wattage make any diff if you use recessed or floodlight bulbs?
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I want to put a pot rack in my kitchen but I need to remove my ceiling fan ,which has a light fixture in it, and I would like a light that would fit in the middle of the pot rack. Any ideas ? Betty
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What is the basic principle of bathroom lighting?
How can I best light my bathroom vanity?
I plan to include a dressing area in my new bathroom. How should I light it?
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What are some different styles of ceiling lights?
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What kind of light should I hang over the sink?
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What is needed for commercial kitchen lighting?
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How can I install a new ceiling fan?
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What size ceiling fan light should I buy?
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When would I use a battery-operated table lamp?
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What is low profile recessed lighting
What are some things I need to know to install recessed lighting?
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What kinds of pendant lighting are there?
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Can I make my own lampshades?
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What are Lava Lamps?
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What are black lights?
What uses are there for string lights?
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How big a chandelier should I get?
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