6 ways to upgrade the lighting in your home or business

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6 ways to upgrade the lighting in your home or business

Are you looking for ways to upgrade the lighting in your home or business? There are many ways that you can improve the way the lights look and operate. Many updates cost very little and are easy to implement.

You can buy lamps, light fixtures, bulbs, etc., at any hardware store or even online with a simple click of a button.

This article will show you some different ways that upgrading your lighting can have an impact on your space while being budget-friendly. You might be surprised at the difference a smarter lighting solution can make.

switch to LED light bulbsSwitch to LED light bulbs

For starters, LED lights are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, which you may still be using.

One of the most significant advantages to LED light bulbs is that they use less energy & as a result save you money on your electricity bills. When choosing an LED light bulb, it’s important to check if they are dimmable or non-dimmable.

Some LED light bulbs allow you to change the colour temperature of the light. Many come with the options of Warm white, Cool white or Daylight.

The ability to dim and change the colour temperature of an LED light can dramatically affect the appearance of a room.

Upgrade to smart light bulbs

A smart light bulb (which includes many LED bulbs) can be controlled via an app on your phone. As a result, you can get more control over the lighting while also saving electricity.

Instead of looking for a light switch on the wall as you enter your home, you may activate a smart bulb by tapping a button on a smartphone app as you pull into the driveway.

Incorporate coloured LED light bulbs

Coloured lighting has the ability to affect our emotions, improve our health, and enhance the design of our homes. Most multi-colour LED light bulbs are also smart, allowing you to select hues via a smartphone app.

install dimmer switchesInstall dimmer switches

Dimmer switches in your house not only allow you to adjust the ambience of a room, but they also help you save electricity and money by reducing the wattage & lumens of the light.

Because this simple installation can make a significant difference in your quarterly electricity bill, an increasing number of Australian households and companies are deciding to have them installed.

Can I install a dimmer switch on any light?

A dimmer switch can be installed anywhere that an existing light switch is in place. Replacing the current light switch with a dimmer switch will allow you to change the lights’ brightness, so long as you are using a light bulb that is compatible with the dimmer you have chosen.

You may be tempted to save money by installing dimmer switches yourself, but keep in mind that all electrical work in your house or business must be done by a qualified electrician.
Lucky for you, we install dimmers so you won’t have to. Feel free to contact us and we will organise one of our professional electricians from CMC Electrical to install the right dimmer switch for you.

Add motion sensors

Many homeowners without motion sensors just leave their exterior lights on all day and night.

While this approach provides more safety, security, and convenience than having no illumination at all, it also consumes a significant amount of energy.

Motion-activated outdoor lighting eliminates the need to keep your lights on all the time, lowering your household’s energy consumption dramatically.

Use timers

You can use timers in a variety of ways within your lighting system.

The most common uses are:
-To light up an outdoor area in the evening without the use of a switch eg. 6 pm-12 am
-Entrance & Exit lighting so your family or staff at work always have lighting to safely enter & exit the home or business
-Carpark lighting- fully automated through a timer

Timers are a cost-effective way to automate your lighting & modernise your home & business.

install a smart lighting systemInstall a smart lighting system

It’s all about set-and-forget convenience and expression with smart lighting systems.

The following are some of the more prevalent smart light features that make life easier:

• Individual and group lighting control, including dimming and colour temperature.
• Turning lights on and off at a certain time when you get up and when you leave the house
• As soon as your phone is within range of your home, the lights will switch on.
• Using “vacation routines” to turn lights on and off at random intervals to give the impression that you’re at home while you’re not
• To automate both your home lighting and audio demands with one device, use a two-in-one globe and speaker smart lights.

Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is required to link smart lights to a home network. They can then be controlled with your phone or tablet using the light’s included app. All you need to do is power on the light, find it in the app, and you’re ready to go.

It’s crucial to think about the technology behind your smart light. You won’t be able to manage it when you’re away from home, for example, if it uses Bluetooth’s limited range. A Wi-Fi-enabled smart light, on the other hand, can be controlled from anywhere as long as it and your phone are both linked to the internet.


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