Do you have a room that you wish could be brighter? If you do, then the following four tips may solve your problem:
Confirm You Have the Highest Wattage
Sometimes brightening your room may be as simple as replacing the existing bulbs with a brighter one. Maybe you didn't buy the right bulb from the start or someone replaced a damaged bulb with a lower rated one. For LED lights, focus on the lumens (amount of light given off by bulbs); higher lumens are better. For incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs, the wattage (amount of energy used by the bulb) indicates its brightness, with high wattage being brighter than low wattage.
Don't Let Accent Lights Be Your Only Lights
Accent light fixtures are meant to light up specific objects or parts of the house. For example, you can use it to highlight flowers on your corner stands, paintings on the wall or a bookshelf on one side of the room. This means you have a problem if your room only consists of accent lights as some parts of the room will remain dark. Therefore, add general purpose lighting fixtures to light up all parts of the room.
Put Lights in Strategic Places
Even if you have the right type of light fixture and it is bright enough, they may fail to light up your entire room if they aren't properly placed. This may be the case, for example, if you have large pieces of furniture that are blocking the light or your room design prevents the existing lights from reaching all corners. In such a case, you need an electrician's touch to redesign the light installations so that all parts of the room are lit up. For example, instead of having one overhead light, you can place multiple lights on the perimeter of the room.
Ignore Colored Bulbs
Lastly, you may be better off ignoring colored bulbs if brightness is your primary concern. White light is brightest since it contains all the colors; when you use colored light, you are only getting a narrow range of light colors, which means your room won't be very bright. Alternatively, you can use smart lighting bulbs that can change their hues; that way you can switch to white light when you need to brighten the room and opt for colored light at other times.
You may be able to change a light bulb on your own, but don't hesitate to contact a professional electrician like Cole Electric Inc for more complicated projects. Don't create more problems for your house in the name of saving money (via DIY electrical projects); let a professional handle the tough tasks.