Making the switch from incandescent to LED bulbs is one of the best ways to revamp your home lighting…. But what happens when you grow tired of your LED setup?
The good news is that LED technology is constantly evolving, and there are many ways that you can breathe new life into an old arrangement without having to spend bundles of cash or your entire weekend fiddling around with wiring to achieve a stunning new LED lighting look in your home.
We’re here to share five super-simple steps that will transform your existing LED lighting setup from drab to fab...
1. Upgrade to Smart
If you’re tired of crawling into bed only to remember that you’ve left the kitchen light on, an upgrade to smart LED bulbs is a great way to revamp your lighting. By swapping out your existing LED bulbs for smart alternatives, you’ll be able to control your home lighting from anywhere, at any time, using your smartphone or other connected device.
And smart LED bulbs have other advantages, too. They’re great for creating a security light system, allowing you to turn lights on and off while you’re out, making them an excellent deterrent to thieves and stopping you having to come home to a dark and unwelcoming house at the end of a busy working day.
One of the best things about LED lighting is their energy-saving capabilities, so even if you do opt for smart LED lighting that can be controlled remotely via your smartphone, you won't need to worry about considerable increases in energy bills as they are incredibly cost-effective to run.
2. Add a Splash of Colour
We often hear that LED lights come in all sorts of colours, but what this often means is that there are options for varying shades of white. Cool whites are very bright and clear making them perfect for kitchens and home office spaces, while warm whites are softer with a more orangey hue and are ideal for those that prefer a softer glow in areas used for relaxing including lounges and bedrooms.
Fortunately, real coloured light bulbs are becoming more widely available, and they’re a great way to revamp your LED lighting setup. You can choose from reds, blues, greens, and pinks to make your home bold and vibrant. It’s a great way to add your own personality to your lighting.
Coloured LED lighting is great for special events too, so if you're thinking of throwing a big birthday bash, a Halloween spooktacular or want your living room to give off a festive glow, then you can swap out your existing LED lighting temporarily and choose from a rainbow of vibrant colours to suit the occasion.
Installing new LED lighting is also super simple too, so you can give your home an LED revamp without having to spend the entire weekend fiddling with tricky wiring.
3. Consider Alternatives
The natural choice for home lighting is bulbs and tube lighting, but if you're looking to shake things up a little, why not consider some of the modern alternatives that are available? Rather than table lamps, how about installing an LED strip kit which provides a subtle glow around the area? Typically varying in length from 1m to 20m, LED strips can be placed in pretty much any part of the home, including underneath tables and behind cabinets to create a soft ambience and add atmosphere to the surroundings.
Revamping your LED lighting doesn’t have to be confusing or costly. By simply selecting different kinds of LED bulbs, adding in a pop of colour, and introducing some different types of LED lighting into your home, you can give your existing lighting set up a fresh new makeover, without the hassle of finding an electrician.
4. Illuminate dark spaces
LED lighting is perfect for creating a new light feature, so if you have a piece of built-in furniture that you want to illuminate or a dark corner that could use a little extra light, then LED lighting offers the ideal solution.
From brightening bathrooms with some bright new LED lighting in bright white to creating a new light source on the inside of under stairs cupboards or fitted wardrobes so you can pick out an outfit much more easily, LED lights can be installed pretty much anywhere around the home.
All you need is a little imagination, a few basic household tools and a good quality LED light or LED lighting kit to get started, so it's easier than ever to give those dark corners a much-needed makeover if you have a few hours to spare.
5. Don’t forget the garden!
If the only source of lighting that’s illuminating your garden is a tired old security light, then LED lighting can help transform your outdoor areas easily for less than you might think.
With an array of new outdoor LED lights now available, you can create a real focal point for shrubs and flowerbeds by using LED solar lights that will keep household energy costs low and provide a touch of style to gardens of any shape and size.
Entertaining areas can also be given a lift using LED lighting, with LED decking lighting kits offering an excellent way to breathe new life into these popular garden additions.
Easy to install and available in a variety of colours to suit any taste, installing LED decking lights can help safeguard against slips and trips during the winter months while offering a stylish lighting source that is just perfect for summer BBQs and family get-togethers.
Another way to upgrade your outdoor space is by installing modern or traditionally styled outdoor wall lights that not only add a touch of elegance to external walls, but can also help illuminate pathways and doors outside.
Not only will this reduce time looking for keys to get into the house, but you’ll also be able to see any icy patches that could be a potential trip hazard during cold weather.
Created by Steve Ellwood on 2nd March, 2020
Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct