Ways to Light Your House on a Budget

You don't have to spend a fortune to upgrade your home lighting design. Image courtesy of Troy Lighting. 
You don't have to spend a fortune to upgrade your home lighting design. Image courtesy of Troy Lighting. http://www.troylightinglights.com/

Lighting your home now comes with numerous options for each individual room. There are different light fixtures, bulbs and types of lighting designs to make your home as elegant as possible.

However, for some residents, this might all sound a little too demanding on their bank accounts. Major home lighting renovations can be a serious investment to upgrade your home's appeal and resale value, but for simple designs, some might just want to work with a smaller budget.

That's completely fine because there are still several ways to light your home even if you're on a tight budget. To get started, you need to know exactly what type of lighting you want to upgrade. It's important to look at your lighting needs in your home so you're best prepared to spend enough money.

Ideas for Decorative Lighting
If you're simply wanting to add a bit of decorative lighting around the home, you need to know how accent lighting can brighten up your artwork, in-house flowers or make dark corners of your home more inviting. Accent lighting is your best option for decorative lighting and this can be done without blowing the bank.

There are plenty of accent lighting fixtures you can choose from, even with a tight wallet. Luckily, with LED light bulbs, you can space out these accent light fixtures across your home to give warm, subtle and delicate lighting. If you spend too much on several accent light fixtures, you will likely add unnecessary light to your home.

Remember, more light fixtures aren't needed to make your home look better, but instead, it's important to know where you place fixtures. Following this rule could save you money.

Make the Switch to LEDs
You might look at the price of an LED light bulb and think it's the exact opposite of lighting on budget. However, LEDs can use up to 75 percent less energy than an incandescent light bulb and they last sometimes a decade longer.

The upfront costs might turn you away from the budgeting plan, but saving money on your electric bill and from buying replacement bulbs each year truly adds up, helping you save for the future.

Adopt a DIY Attitude
Paying someone to install your light fixtures can be costly. However, a lot of light fixtures are extremely easy to install and there are numerous tutorials available online to help guide you along the way. While it's always safest to get professional help if you don't know what you're doing, some installations are easy enough for the avid do-it-yourselfer. Certain fixtures like hanging lights, antique pendants and downlights are relatively simple to install on your own.

Hit the Sales
As with any other commodity, new styles and versions of light fixtures are always coming out. Therefore, showrooms are often left with stock in last year's style. When this happens, sales are a showroom's best friend. Keep up with your nearest ALA showroom and find out when they are having a sale by asking if they have an e-newsletter or social media pages where they announce discounts and special offers. 

You may have your eye on an expensive chandelier now, but keep your mind and your options open by searching for similar models, or models in last year's "hot color." ALA certified lighting professionals will know all the details and can help you find something on your budget.

Again, if you are uncertain how to install your new light fixture, it might be best to get professional help. Otherwise, this could be a run-of-the-mill task for DIY folk looking to upgrade their home.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to americanlightingassoc.com to learn more about affordable lighting options.

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