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Tips for lighting in the home

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Lighting seems pretty simple. You have assorted fixtures throughout the house and when you need light you simply flick the switch. But is that enough or too much?

Homeowners should be concerned with the proper lighting of the home and unfortunately they often rely too much on overhead lighting rather than lighting on the human need level, with table lamps, floor lamps and task lighting.

The bulbs being used need to be considered. Who would think that something as simple as a bulb would play such a huge factor? You don’t want to overuse certain types, including fluorescent lighting. Rather, you want something that gives your home a warm and inviting feeling.

Avoiding a reliance on ceiling lights can make a major difference. Today there are so many options that you can mix in, including many that you can purchase from Bjorkman’s Ace Hardware in McHenry. A nice mix of artwork accent lighting, sconces and lamps can completely change the look and feel of a home and be done without breaking the bank. It’s best to layer lighting in this fashion.

Times and trends are often changing and the same can be said for lighting. Regardless, it makes sense to replace any outdated fixtures you may be using. This is a pretty easy and inexpensive upgrade to the home and you’ll see your home in a much better light after making the switch.

Another consideration that is often overlooked is installing and utilizing dimmer switches. You can then control the lighting from day to night depending on the need. For example, you’ll likely lighten it during a formal dinner but then turn it all the way up for the heated card or board game later in the evening, as well as when the kids are doing their homework and studying.

For household tools, supplies and more, visit Bjorkman's Ace Hardware, 4520 W. Crystal Lake Rd., McHenry. (815) 385-3660.

www.acehardware.com