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Increase your home resale value through good electrical and lighting design

02 Jun 2020

Several factors come into consideration when you evaluate the resale value of your house. Sustainability has weighed in into the list of sought-after features as much as maintenance cost and aesthetics.

Energy efficient appliances and utilities have been a standard for some time now, with key features such as good lighting design that saves on monthly bills and are a welcomed showcase addition.

The problem with older or faulty circuits

Apart from older lighting circuits which are not cost effective or environmentally friendly, past renovations have seen the wiring implemented in layers. This makes electricity use highly uncoordinated, inefficient and down-right messy, naturally impacting your valuation.

To circumvent this, certified electricians such as Brady Electrical Contracting team can assess your existing circuit system, provide a quotation and work towards your expectations.

Upgrading lighting circuit systems

Reworking your lighting circuit effectively means aligning it to your layout. Introducing a well thought out lighting design can work wonders for your day-to-day living, not to mention bumping up tremendous value for your home. A correctly done lighting theme will go a long way in luring potential homebuyers.

There are a few details to figure out in implementing good lighting design in any space. Although there are various approaches to having a good lighting system, the basics of it remain the same.

1. Requirements

First, identify what would the lighting be used for. Different spaces for different people have different demands. Some prefer minimal lighting for their bedroom, while some want a brightly lit kitchen. Living rooms are meant for entertaining which may mean multiple lights. In fact, well done lighting can help make a room appear larger than it actually is. Recognising your individual needs for lighting will greatly contribute in determining the mood and energy of the house.

2. Method

Next is examining how the light is to be delivered. What sort of fixture would it be? How would it fit in with your requirement(s) for the intended space? This would be where you decide on what lightbulbs to use (light output), consider aesthetics and compatibility with your electrical system, and how would you go about maintaining it moving forward.

See if there are elements in your space that you would want to focus your lighting on. For example, install feature lighting to highlight kitchen counters and appliances to help enable you to navigate without having to switch on your main lights.

3. Measurements (calculating lighting for a room)

Next is understanding the dimensions of the space you’re implementing your lighting circuit. This is known as the Room Index – the angular measurement of the room against the reflective surfaces, shape, light distribution and output ratio of the fitting. Multiply the width of the room against length x 1.5. Assuming a standard of an eight foot-ceiling, you would get the total minimum of your required wattage.

4. Control

You can determine your control system once methods and measurements are established. The effectiveness your lighting installation is determined as much as the control system as by the light sources and fixtures chosen.

Here are some points for you to consider:

– Have multiple switches. A single switch for all the lights in a large room is ineffective.

– Align buttons for different fixtures to easily control brightness/dimness.

– Place switches near entrances for convenience and switching off lights when exiting.

– Motion sensors are ideal for rooms that are seldom used.

Mood lighting

The type of lighting, placement of furniture, and purpose of a room greatly impacts the atmosphere of your living space and make it more attractive.

Bright and direct lighting is meant for energy, ideal for work and activity such as the living room, kitchen and office spaces. Warm and soothing lighting on the other hand works well for a lighter environment such as watching TV or a bedroom.

You can also opt to layer your lights, which means placing light sources at different heights. This helps accentuate living spaces and create depth for a dramatic effect. Lower levelled lights or table lamps are great options that you can explore.

Brady Electrical Contracting can help you design a plan that will have long reaching affects. As an award-winning electrical company, we have over 30 years of industry experience in sustainable electrical and construction trade. Reach out to us today and find out how we can help you impact your house valuation and more.