Lighting for DIY And Home Improvement

Have you considered changing how your house is lit lately? Even just changing the types of light bu...


Have you considered changing how your house is lit lately? Even just changing the types of light bulbs you are using? You might wish to swap your normal lighting for down-lights in the kitchen or spotlights in the bedroom, or finally do that loft conversion you’ve been talking about for years. Some of you, might want to just put a little lighting in the garden shed so 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 has been divided into three sections covering rooms, light bulb types and general advice. Today we are going to consider how you should consider your DIY lighting project and why you should be considering LED light bulbs.

Why LEDs? Quite simply, they are the most energy efficient bulbs on the planet, saving on electricity costs and cutting our impact on the environment. 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:

Standard Rooms: These include bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms where you’re likely to have existing wiring, junctions and switches. You can choose plug and play lighting, recessed lighting, and spotlights.

Loft Conversions: Lighting these spaces is complicated by a lack of wall spaces for wiring, limiting you to two end walls rather than 4 all around. Relying on underfloor wiring means ensuring they are well insulated and ceiling lights may prove difficult. Most conversions utilize spotlights.

Garage Workshops: Most garages will have pre-installed sockets and will house the building’s main fuses and circuit board. This makes installing lights relatively simple, so you will need a powerful main light but if you are running electric tools or workstations, you may want focused spotlights to improve visibility for you work.

Sheds: Distance from the house means you need to lay down cabling. Otherwise spotlights and traditional lights.

In terms of types of lights, these include:

Down-lights - recessed lights, require the most work to install
Spotlights - need screwing into position, wiring in walls
Tube Lights - need a good fixture and ceiling wiring
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 before any DIY, use appropriate clothing, safety equipment, and hire an electrician for the installation of new wiring.

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