Tips for improving your lighting at home
Tips for improving your lighting at home (little changes that make big differences)
Make the most of your eyesight and upgrade your light bulbs and lampshades to avoid unnecessary accidents
In your Hallway and stairs
- Always use light bulbs that turn on instantly and have the brightest light such as halogen.
- Use lampshades that cover the bulb and diffuse the light rather than the conical shape which only lights the space just underneath
In your sitting room
- Use a combination of ceiling, wall and task lights
- Put a desk light near your seat for carrying out specific tasks.
In your kitchen
- Using fluorescent strip lights in the ceiling gives good overall lighting.
- A light over a cooker helps to see what you are cooking!
In your bathroom
- Use a lamp that covers the light fitting so it is safe from moisture getting in.
- If you have a pull cord you can change the cord colour to something bright and cheerful so it is easier to see.
In your bedrooms
- Use a combination of ceiling task lights as you would in your sitting room
- Use a desk light near your bed for reading and taking medication
In your cupboards
- Have you thought of a simple push-button light to use when you open the cupboard door so you can see inside easily?
Outside your property: front and back
- Use a mounted spotlight which lights up when it senses heat and movement, and place it immediately outside the external opening doors. This will show any steps you have very clearly as well as the faces of any callers!
Call us in for your own check and combine it with an overall fire and safety check.
The Thomas Pocklington Trust is an excellent source of more detailed advice