One of the questions we often ask when deciding on a lighting plan is “Is it cheaper to use a desk lamp or ceiling light?” A desk lamp, while not necessary, adds character and charm to a room. They’re also much more affordable than the ceiling lights, they’re often compared to. So let’s take a look at how you can change up the look of your home without spending a fortune. Here are some ideas:
Desk lamps are great for reading, and you’ll appreciate the light when you’re working on your laptop. Most have adjustable switches that allow you to choose the level of light you need. If you’re using one of the many battery-operated desk lights, be sure to check its battery expiration date first. And if you’re using an LED, make sure to keep it charged! Low-cost LED lights will last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’re more brightly lit.
Now, let’s say you’re using a standard ceiling light, which is usually a rectangular box with four vertical light bulbs in its base. Ceiling lights come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re certainly more affordable than your typical desk lamp. But you may not want to put your ceiling light in your entry way, for safety purposes. If so, you can easily change out your bulbs, if necessary. You can use a standard light bulb, or a more energy-efficient LED. You can find compact fluorescent lights that consume 50% less energy than regular incandescents.
One of the nicest things about ceiling lights is their flexibility. You can get them in a huge variety of colors, and you can use multiple lights in one space. You can even get ones that change colors when the light turns on and off!
Imagine putting up a soft pink light in your son’s room one night, and then a strong blue one the next night. It’s easy to switch up the colors, but it also means you won’t have to replace your existing ceiling light with a new one each time. Using an energy-efficient light bulb saves you money too.
When you’re shopping for a new ceiling light, take a few minutes to ask yourself these questions: What do I need the light for? Is it necessary to replace my current light with a newer model? Is it cheaper to simply change out my existing lamps?
In order to use your ceiling lights correctly, it’s important to get a sufficient amount of natural light in the room. The best way to do this is to use a dimmer switch to control the amount of light in a room. Many people don’t realize how much light is available from simple ceiling fixtures. Even if you’re only using a few light bulbs, the average person can dim a room for an entire family of ten very inexpensively.