When you come home after work in the evenings, what’s the first thing you do after putting your keys in the door to your apartment? You shrug out of your jacket and turn the lights on. Apartment lighting can be anything from purely functional to evoking a specific mood. Lighting says, welcome home; you’re safe here; this is your humble abode. Let’s dive into some of the best lightings tricks for apartments. Hint: Outdoor LED lighting is your best friend.
Best Lighting for Apartments
Most apartments have two things in common, a lack of floor space and natural light. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve alternative lighting sources to make your apartment feel like home. Do you need some advice on how to light your space? Coming right up!
Make a Ceiling Statement: You need to use space wisely when you lack the floor space to dot around additional lighting sources. Chances are, you have a whole lot of ceiling space to work with. Make a visual statement with this antique finish pendant ceiling light. Draw visitors’ eyes upward and make the room feel larger while you’re at it.
Add Scones: Having one large light coming at you from the top can feel impersonal and won’t provide enough light to live by in most apartment settings. Wall scones like this one give you excellent indirect lighting without using up precious floor space. This LED fixture is also dimmable, allowing you to choose how bright you’d like to shine. Dimming the light can signal to your nervous system, it’s time to relax and get ready for sleep.
Lower Your Lumens: Do you know how being glued to your phone or laptop at night will impact your sleep? Your sleep is affected due to blue-based light boosting attention and reaction times. That’s good news during the day but less beneficial at night. Look out for bulbs with lower lumens for a dimmer light. If you’re a renter with little ability to alter the ceiling lights, consider investing in a more friendly feeling bulb as a low-cost way to make a huge difference. Stay away from anything labeled daylight for bedrooms and co.
Why Choose LED Lights for Apartments?
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have been around for more than a century now, and these highly efficient balls of light are mighty. No wonder they’ve only grown in popularity. There are two main reasons LED lights are popular for apartments, whether you are an apartment owner or renter.
1. LED Lights are Energy Efficient
Believe it or not, switching to LED lighting in an apartment building can save between 40 to 70 percent of electricity costs. Not only does this make a massive difference to electricity costs, but switching your standard incandescent light bulbs for sleek, new LEDs can also lower your carbon footprint. Friendly for planet earth and your wallet? That’s a no-brainer decision.
2. LED Lights Have a Long Life
Standard incandescent light bulbs are reliant on a filament. This filament heats up and burns out quickly. In comparison, many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. If you kept it burning 24 hours a day (and we hope you don’t do that), that means your little bulb can keep on burning bright for over 2,000 days. They burn 50 times longer than incandescent lights and 20 times longer than halogen. The slightly higher price at the point of purchase more than pays off.
No Ceilings Lights? No Problem.
Your apartment may not have any ceilings light possibilities, but you’ve also not just magically increased floor space. If you need lighting for an apartment with no ceilings lights, tall floor lamps can help you make use of overlooked corners of your apartment. Dimly lit nooks and crannies get a much-needed illumination with this modern and straightforward LED floor lamp. Add an armchair underneath for a cozy space to relax and read a book.
Mirror, Mirror on The Wall
Maximizing your potential lighting sources isn’t always about the lights themselves. It may be time to think outside the lighting box if your home is still feeling more dim than illuminated despite maximizing all possible light sources. How do you make light bounce around the room? By incorporating reflective surfaces into your apartment. Add a mirror across from your standing lights. It will act as a second diffused light source without having to add to your energy bill. Additionally, reflective accessories such as metallic finish trays will make your space look brighter and more inviting.
Lighting for Homeowners Association
Do you live in an owned condo and are part of a thriving homeowners association? Lighting for homeowners associations can come with its own needs and pitfalls. Often these lighting decisions are made based on budget constraints, but that shouldn’t impact safety and comfort.
Front Entrance Lighting: When you rock up to the front of an apartment building, you want the light to be inviting and homely. Unfortunately, the exterior of apartment buildings is often poorly lit or completely dark. Lack of lighting makes for an unsafe and uncomfortable arrival. Wall lanterns such as these can light the way for visitors and prevent safety concerns.
Common Areas: Many apartment complexes have common areas outdoors for residents to grab a breath of fresh air or walk their dogs. Once again, it can be dangerous to allow these areas to be pitch black. LED floodlights can be discreetly placed among shrubbery and come on via motion sensors. Motion sensor LED lighting allows apartment dwellers to be alerted to detect intruders and functions as an effective deterrent to burglars.
LED Lighting for Apartments from Lightingandsupplies.com
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