Lighting Tips

The days are getting darker here in YYC with the sun setting at around 4:00 P.M. With so little outdoor light people are forced to turn to alternative sources. Unfortunately, many indoor lighting options are not only expensive, but fail to properly fill your home with an appropriate, comfortable amount of light. Here are some of our best tips for tackling this problem:

Maximize all natural light potentials. Make sure your windows stay clean and clear of snow and dirt. This will allow the most natural light to come seeping in whenever possible. Open up your blinds and move things away from windows that will cast an obtrusive shadow.

Purchase quality, environmentally friendly lightbulbs for all indoor and outdoor lighting. Using an LED light not only gives you more brightness, but it will save you an incredible amount of money in the long run. Go to your local hardware store and assess your options. Remember that sometimes more money upfront will save you money.

Figure out what type of lighting best suits each area of your property. For example, not every room in the house will require bright, white light. Consider the mood you want to set and what lighting will best suit the overall ambiance. Softer lights are good for bedrooms, brighter lights for the kitchen, and bold lights for outdoors.

Consider making some of your lights sensor-activated. Many sensors allow you to decide how long the light stays on after being activated. This will save you a lot of money. These lights are particularly good for outdoors because they turn on so you can see your keys to unlock the door, but turn off once you are safely inside. Again, decide what is appropriate for each area of the home. Your TV room does not need a sensor unless you want the lights going out every five minutes while you watch Netflix.

Be strategic! It will make all the difference.

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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