Lighting installation on a residential property comes in many forms. From the inside of your home to outside in your garden or walkways, there are a ton of options to think about.
Interior Lighting Installation
When thinking about indoor lighting, you need to think of the interior design of your home. How can you truly make your house feel like your home? In addition to making you and your family feel comfortable, the consumption of energy must also be taken into account. Lighting accounts for a significant part of all energy consumed worldwide so it’s important to pick the most energy efficient light fixtures and bulb types out there.
When working with an electric at CLD Electric, we will walk you through all the steps in deciding what fixtures are best for the inside (and outside) of your home. The first step is understanding the difference between the types of lighting available. We’ll go over 7 popular types of lighting below.
Recessed lighting is installed above the ceiling and lays flush with it. There is a minimum of 6 inches of clearance needed above the ceiling in order to install. Insulation is also a must to make sure condensation does not leak into the fixture.
If you’re looking for ambient, task, or accent lighting in your home, recessed lighting is the way to go. It is mostly used a the primary source of lighting and can be used with warm or cool lights.
Track lighting is mounted or suspended from the ceiling. It consists of linear housing that contains several heads which are easily positioned along the track. The heads can also be positioned in different directions.
Often used for task or accent lighting, track lighting is usually found in a decorative or aesthetic setting rather for primary use.
Under-cabinet lighting is usually found in the kitchen underneath the cabinets. It is usually linear or puck shaped.
This is perfect for people who need extra lighting in the kitchen for preparing meals. If paired with a dimmer switch, it can also be used as ambiance lighting for when no one is using the kitchen.
Pendant lighting is hung from the ceiling and directs the light downward. This type of lighting is found in kitchens or dining rooms to help illuminate table tops or islands. Many homeowners choose pendant fixtures to further enhance the theme of a room.
The goal of pendant lighting is usually to keep the light focused on what is in the middle of a room, whether it be Thanksgiving dinner or poker night.
Perhaps the most famous of all light fixtures, the chandelier is used primarily as a focal point of a room. From grand fixtures with hundreds of pieces to more simpler models, a chandelier is often used to create a “wow” factor in a room.
Chandeliers were once very popular but have been going out of style due to maintenance and space issues.
Wall sconces are a great way to add a low cost lighting upgrade to your home. Sconces can direct light upwards and downwards and add a stylish touch to any room or hallway.
These light fixtures are often used for ambient or task lighting and can be found in a variety of different materials such as bronze, wrought iron, and gold plated. It’s a great way to add the finishing touch in a room.
Ceiling lighting is a fixture that is mounted directly to the ceiling. It differs from recessed lighting as it down not lay flush with the ceiling. This type of lighting usually contains a plastic or glass shade that covers the light bulb. The shade helps to filter the light to make it wider and create a greater ambiance.
Outdoor Lighting Installation
Outdoor lighting or landscape lighting can help you get the most out of your backyard. From pool lights to deck lights, there are a bunch of designs for every inch of your yard.
Undertaking an outdoor lighting project may seem like a daunting task, but CLD Electric is here to help. We are with you every step of the way, from design to implementation. Our electricians will walkthrough your needs and help you create the backyard of your dreams.
Here are a few things to ask yourself:
What do you want to light in your landscape?
Take a look at your backyard at night and imagine how you want it to look. Is the pool a bit too dark? Do you have a great tree you would like to feature? Once you have a good picture of how you want everything to look, then you’ll have a good place to start.
Do you know what type of lighting you want to used?
This can be the tricky part as there are many different types of lighting. Once you have a picture inside your head of how you want your yard to look, work with an electrician or a design to figure out what lights will work the best. Here are just a couple options:
- Path lighting
- Postmount lights
- Step lights
- Bollard lights
- Flood lights
- Well lights
- Pond lights
- Hardscape lights
There are lots of choices available. We’ll work with you to find the right ones.
How do you want to light up your landscape?
With your picture in mind, how do you see your yard lighting up? Go outside with a flashlight and start beaming it at the elements you want enhanced. Does that tree look good with lighting coming up at it? How well is your pathway lit with lights off to the side? Once you see it in action, you may have a better idea of how you want the landscape lit up.
Don’t feel overwhelmed with the process. Our electricians will be with you every step of the way. We are happy to provide a consultation on your lighting installation needs. Just give us a call!
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