Common Lighting Mistakes

Lighting Mistakes and Tips

Get the right lighting, avoid common lighting mistakes, and have a more inviting home. We want our home to be inviting, comfortable, and a reflection of our personality. There is nothing that ruins that faster than bad lighting. If the room is blindingly bright, or way too dark, or accenting the wrong things, your house won’t have the feel you are hoping for.

Correct these common mistakes and be comfortably lit.

Too Many Recessed Down lights.

Recessed lights are great in some areas, but are often overused. Because they are very inexpensive for the builder, they can sometimes be seen laid out like a grid, covering a room. However, these recessed lights only get have the output because the light can’t escape in every direction . Up to half the light will be lost, and our walls will still be dark.

Not Installing Task Lights

You want to install specific lights for your kitchen counters, in order to focus on the tasks at hand. Lights can be installed under your upper cabinets, so that the counters are well lit. Or, they can be wall mounted. Make food prep easier and safer with proper kitchen lighting!

Everything that Happens in Every Bathroom Everywhere

What is the deal with bathrooms? Either they have bright lights or dim mood lights, and either way, they don’t seem to be practical for everyday activities, such as shaving or applying makeup. The problem is that most bathrooms have overhead lights (whether above the sink, and/or in the ceiling) and rarely do they have lights that highlight the face. Brighten the bathroom– add some sconces.

Not Having Dimmers

An easy way to adjust the lighting for individual needs is to simply install dimming lights. Not only are they adjustable for the mood or task at hand, but they are also more energy efficient. By turning down the light, you prolong the life of the bulb and decrease energy output.


These are but a few of the most common lighting problems and some quick tips. If you have a lighting solution you swear by, snap a picture, and join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!