If you're looking for a great and simple way to change up the feel and style of your home atmosphere, you’ll find that updating an old ceiling light fixture is a perfect place to start. The quality of lighting in a room is an important, yet often overlooked, component of establishing the style and mood of a given room. Since lighting is so subtle, it is often hard to imagine what a difference it can make in the overall feeling of your home. What’s more, you will not require an electrician when updating your light fixtures, as the wiring is already in place.
Because of recent improvements in track lighting systems, they are now a viable and stylish option for updating the lighting in your home. In the past, styles have been limited to unseemly black or white canister style lighting, but now there are a variety of eye-catching colors, finishes and styles that can help you add to your home decor. One huge advantage to track lighting is that it does not require you to rewire your entire kitchen, as it can be installed to target whatever areas most require lighting. A good way to go is to decide on which fixtures are ideal for your needs, and then select a corresponding track.
One thing to be aware of with track lighting is that you have the option between low voltage and line voltage in choosing your fixtures. The difference between the two is that line voltage draws current straight from the track itself, while low voltage converts the current from a 4-inch box at the base. If you're concerned with going green, CFL bulbs with line voltage fixtures are the most energy efficient option. If you desire intent light focus on a single area, the use of a CFL flood lamp as a spot light. It will emit a significant amount of light without becoming extremely hot like halogen or incandescent bulbs. An equally effective option is to place numerous lights at intervals along the track, and therefore illuminate the entire area, eliminating the need for spot lighting.
If you have vaulted ceilings, do not fret, there are track lighting kits that allow for suspending tracks from the ceiling, providing you with many options for your lighting design. The suspension devices themselves can often have an eye-catching effect that can lend itself to improving both the design and the efficiency of the room. The wonderful thing about track lighting is the versatility that they offer. No matter what sort of design direction you are going in, you can mold track lights to suit your vision. Another great idea if you have high ceilings is to replace a nondescript ceiling fixture with a chandelier, adding a much more elegant air to any room.
There are numerous directions you can go with the updating of older light fixtures. Oftentimes, the updating of a light fixture does not require that you completely remove and replace the entire fixture. There are lots of kits that will allow you to simply add on and change the look of a fixture, without necessitating its removal. These products are intended specifically for this purpose, to be used on older fixtures with the intention of updating, to allow you to change the decor or move in new directions with design ideas.
Another great way to update your ceiling light fixtures that won't empty out your wallet is doing a little simple painting to improve the appearance of your fixtures. Often all you need to radically change the design of a room is a shift in the color scheme, and painting your light fixtures can have just that effect. For the cost of a can of spray paint, you can create a brand new atmosphere in your kitchen or dining room.
If your light fixture has a ceiling fan attachment, another good way to update the fixture is to replace the fan blades. Often this does not require the removal of the entire apparatus, and you can simply remove your old blades and add new ones with a fresh new style. Even something as simple as this can change the feel of a room.
No matter what sort of design you are going for, you might be surprised at how a simple update to a light fixture can completely transform a room. Changing the lighting is a cheap and effective way to make a significant change to the way your home looks.