Beginning of the Enlightenment
It is a sad fact but true: People often forget to take into consideration the interior lighting when it comes to designing their homes.
There are times when it is perceived that concentrating on colours, furniture, and home layout is far more important than interior lighting. But, the one thing that gets lost is the way an interior lighting affects the overall feel of your surroundings.
If your home is not well-lit – irrespective of whether it is through lack of natural or artificial light – it will appear cold and uninviting.
On the contrary, with the help of good interior lighting, it is possible to enhance your home’s features and create a warm and easy-going environment for you and your family.
In the forthcoming sections, we will highlight certain ideas that will give modern look to your house within 45 days.
We promise that after reading this write-up you will be able to adopt several interior lighting ideas which will give a fresh appeal to your home.
But, we look at the ideas it is important to divert our attention to the different types of artificial interior lighting that you can utilise to give a modern look to your home:
Use Ambient / “Mood” Lighting to Set the Mood of your Room
Ambient lighting as the name connotes is used to set the mood of your room.
You can utilize dimmer switches, wall lights and lantern and the type of light received by a particular room to create the look and feel as per your requirements.
For example, if you are planning to watch a movie in a home theater, you will require less light to have that theater effect.
In the same way, if you have smaller rooms you can use bright lights that reflects on the wall to give you an optical illusion of being in a spacious environment.
Use recessed lights if you want to direct light towards the floor rather than the wall.
Use bright light at the center of the room to provide ambient illumination of the entire area. This is perfectly helpful if your room is naturally dark.
Use accent lighting to bring into focus particular features of your home like walls, artwork, entryway etc.
Accent lighting also known as directional lighting is particularly helpful when it comes to directing your attention to specific sections of your house like walls, artwork, entryway etc.
Track lighting is a perfect example of this form of lighting.
Since these lights come with adjustable necks, it is possible to concentrate specifically on particular home features.
For example, you can use use track lighting to highlight your chandelier which can work as an ace for your interior designing efforts.
Use functional or “task” lighting to highlight areas where majority of day-to-days tasks are carried out in your home like dining table or pool table
Functional lighting is used to carry out a specific function.
It is used for areas in your home where you complete day-to-day activities.
This can be lights over your dining table, pool table or even an indoor alfresco which aids in enhancing the functionality of the space.
This type of lighting is particularly helpful in providing excellent illumination to concentrate on a specific area of the house and not necessarily an entire room.
Always try to use natural light in conjunction with your interior lighting for best results.
That you are aware about the different types of artificial interior lighting and when to use them as promised it is time to look at the different interior lighting ideas that will give modern look to your house within 45 days.
Let’s commence the list.
Idea No. 1 – Use Chandeliers in the Center of your Living Room to Spread Light Evenly Throughout the Hall Without Worrying About the Shadows from the Corners
Do you know that using chandeliers is one of the best ways to spread light evenly throughout your hall without worrying about the shadows from the corners?
Are you aware of this fact? The chandelier is observed to be one of the most classic interior lighting fixtures of your living room.
It is generally positioned at the center of the room directly over the main seating area.
With its help, your living room illuminates quickly which ensures that you have successfully completed a work of art.
The sculptural shapes of the chandeliers ensure that there is no space left between the ceiling and the living space.
The twinkling effect of the chandelier in the form of candle-shape bulbs ensures a multi point illumination that softens the shadows from the corner and ensures that your living room sparkles with glory.
With the addition of dimmer switches, it is possible for you to vary the light level using the chandelier’s lighting circuit.
Let us now look at some of the steps to install a chandelier and dimmer switch in your living room:
Things that you will need:
- Chandelier (Should include all the hardware required)
- Ceiling medallion (optional)
- Dimmer switch
- Tape measure
Step 1 – Turn off the power to ensure that you do not end up getting shocked
The breaker box should be turned off and not simply switched off.
This will ensure that you are safe and do not end up getting shocked.
Step 2 – Remove the existing fixture by considering installing a ceiling medallion with your chandelier
Remove the existing fixture.
In case, you find that the ceiling of the existing old fixture hung is damaged or unfinished, consider installing a ceiling medallion with your chandelier by following these steps:
(Read more: How to Install a Ceiling Medallion)
Step 3 – Measure the length of the support chain to hang and thread the fixture’s trim ring and optional medallion onto the chandelier’s chain
Always remember the supply wire should be slightly longer than the chain.
In case, the fixture’s trim ring and the optional medallion on the chandelier’s chain is longer, trim it.
Step 4 – Connect the wires in the electrical box by pushing the trim ring up against the ceiling and then secure it in a place with a lug nut
Get a threaded tube to connect the fixture into the electrical box.
Once you do that: Create electrical connections with the help of wire nuts.
Push the trim ring up against the ceiling and then secure it in a place with a lug nut.
The chain hook should just sit below.
Step 5 – Secure the trim ring up against the ceiling and place it with a lug nut
The final step is to secure the trim ring up against the ceiling and place it with a lug nut.
Then the chain hook should simply sit just below.
(Note: Use the instructions mentioned in the purchasing manual to attach the dimmer light switch to the chandelier.)
Idea No. 2 – Use Floor Lamps to Light Up a Particular Section of your Living Room Without Spending A Lot of Money
Want to light up a particular section of your living room without spending a lot of money?
If yes; look no further than the floor lamps.
Floor lamps can give a new dimension to the atmosphere of your living room and add great lighting to space.
There are a wide array of options available when it comes to sizes and shapes of floor lamps.
Select the one that matches your requirement of decorating your living room at a reasonable price.
There are certain really beautiful vintages available in the market with unique shapes that can liven up your living room without burning a hole in your pocket.
Now, the question is: what is the best way to assemble floor lamps in your living room?
It is extremely easy to assemble to floor lamps.
The beauty of the floor lamps is that they can be set up within minutes without any additional types of equipment.
Floor lamps are ideally a value addition to any room of your house, but especially the living room.
While selecting floor lamps it is important to get torchiere floor lamps if your living room where there is a lack of space as they provide adequate light without taking too much of floor or tabletop space.
Take care of this: Select tall floor lamps if there are narrow corners of your living room that get overlooked often.
By placing a floor lamp or table lamp in such narrow corners will assist in dispersing light in the room and ensure illumination in an otherwise dim space.
Let us now look at some of the steps to assemble the floor lamps in your living room:
Step 1 – Fasten the upper lamp post into the middle lamp post.
Step 2 – Fasten the middle lamp post into the bottom lamp post.
Step 3 – Screw the lower lamp post into the lamp post base.
Step 4 – Fasten the lampshade by initially pushing the light bulb protection ring onto the light bulb connector. Then do the same with lampshade protection ring and the lampshade holder ringer. Keep the lampshade onto the lampshade holder ring brackets and tighten the screw.
Step 5 – Screw a light bulb into a light bulb connector.
Idea No. 3 – Use Recessed Lighting in the Ceiling to Illuminate Specific Parts of your Room Thereby Changing the Mood of your Entire Room Within Couple of Seconds
Do you want to illuminate specific parts of your room ceiling as per your requirements?
If yes, you can do that with the help of recessed lighting.
Recessed lighting is a great idea for your living room as it allows you to illuminate only those parts of the room ceiling that need lighting at a specific period of time.
Normally this form of lighting is in the form of fluorescent, incandescent or halogen bulbs.
It is even possible for you to use dimmers to increase or decrease the brightness of the light in any given part of the living area ceiling.
This way you can change the mood of your entire room within a couple of seconds.
Replacing existing ceiling lights with recessed lighting can create a positive effect on your living room.
Recessed lighting can make your room sound more spacious.
You can fit each recessed light canister with floodlight or spotlight as per your lighting requirements.
Did you know?
It is possible for you to get rid of the single ceiling light fixture and install recessed lighting in a finished ceiling in a variety of places around your room.
Let us look at some of the steps to install recessed lighting in a drop ceiling:
Step 1 – Search for the right lights as too much of heat can burn around plastic surfaced or fibreglass panels creating a fire hazard
The biggest concern while selecting a recessed light for your ceiling is that it generates too much of heat that can lead to a fire hazard.
It has been observed that LED recessed light fixtures are cooler than other light sources so opt for them.
Also select lights that come with adjustable mounting arms or heavy duty clips that can attach to support wires or bars above the ceiling.
Step 2 – Plan for the location for each recessed light meticulously for best results
Employ graph papers to draw your rooms so that it becomes easier for you to plan for the location for each recessed light.
You should space them out on the basis of your ceiling height, any focal points that you want to add, and the level of brightness you want your room’s ambient light to be.
To learn more about creating a layout for recessed lighting, click here.
Step 3 – Give extra cushion to the drop ceiling by installing extra wire supports over the tile to hold the light
It is well-known that drop ceilings are too delicate to support the weight of recessed lights.
Also, as your structure settles and shifts, the drop ceiling is bound to move.
The best way to ensure this does not happen is by providing an extra cushion to the drop ceiling by installing extra wire supports over the tile to hold the light.
Use one wire for each of the four corners of the light.
You can even use support bars or blocks with an additional frame that rests on the ceiling grid.
Ensure that you are able to mount the light.
Step 4 – Calculate each tile on the ceiling where you are going to add the recessed light and cut the first hole out of keyhole seesaw or utility knife as a safety measure
On every ceiling where you are adding the recessed light, calculate each tile.
Do this from the exact center of the tile and double check if the opening size is according to the light’s installation instructions.
Cut the first hole from a keyhole seesaw or utility knife.
Dust off any dust particles and set the panel back into the opening.
Step 5 – Place the light over the cut panel and attach it with the support and position it over the hole
Take out a solitary panel next to the panel you just cut.
Place the light over the cut panel and attach it with the support.
Position it over the hole.
Step 6 – Wire the lights to power using a professional electrician to avoid any disaster
In case you are not sure about wiring the lights to power, use the services of a professional electrician.
The electrician will connect the light into your home’s main electricity panel and inspect the circuit.
If you are not aware of conducting this process please do not try it for safety reasons.
Step 7 – Turn on the lights and the recessed lighting will be installed in a drop ceiling
If required, install the light bulbs into the cans and turn the trim ring onto the housing.
Turn on the lights and the recessed lighting will be installed in your drop ceiling.
Idea No. 4 – Use the Soft Light of Wall Sconces in your Living Room to Give a Simple Yet Elegant Appeal for a Modern Feel
Do you want to give the countryside feel to your living room?
If yes; put on sconces on your living room walls.
The great thing about wall sconces is that they come with shades or glass diffusers that provide a soft light to your living room.
You can even get a pretty, chandelier-style sconce that provides a vintage effect to your living room.
Alternatively, you can select a simple yet elegant metal style that provides a modern feel.
The great thing: It is very easy to install wall sconces.
Let us try to decode these steps:
Step 1 – Turn off the power of the circuit breaker to ensure your maximum safety from undesired electric shocks
As with the different electrical installation projects, it is mandatory to turn the power off at the circuit breaker for the room where you are doing the installation.
Remember, merely turning off the wall switch can be a risky proposition.
Try to find which circuit breaker goes with which room and then label them so that your future electrical repair work gets simplified.
Step 2 – Use an octagonal or round junction box and its relative to find out the screw positions to be installed for the sconces
There are certain lights that are asymmetrical and can be mounted in any rotated position, but mostly they are in true top and bottom.
The screw holes rarely line up for a direct install which totally is contingent on the way the original box was mounted.
To counter this position, a “mounting bracket” is used regularly.
It is also known as bridge bracket or “X” bracket depending on its configuration.
Step 3 – The bracket holds the key to successfully installing the wall sconces
Most of the wall sconces are mounted directly to the octagonal box with the help of bracket.
Most times, this “box” is nailed to the stud during the original installation.
Certain lights are installed using an “old work” box, which is elevated to the drywall through a combination of clips that are secured with screws.
These can be elevated anywhere…
The only thing required is power.
In both the cases, the box holds 90% of the load.
There are certain sconces that have large bases that dissipate a certain amount of weight but still, majority is held by the box.
The flat bar is the simplest form of the bracket that has a solitary large threaded hole in the centre.
This hole allows a threaded tube secured with a pair of lock nuts to enable a fixed amount of wire to extend.
The fixture is then elevated on this tube via a finial or acorn-type nut holding the light.
This is even possible with the help of “X” bracket that enables for a pair of lamp mounting screws to be elevated to the appropriate position.
Step 4 – Attach the wire and test the lighting by turning the power back on and voila your wall sconces are ready for lighting
Once the bracket is in place, ensure that the ground wire is attached to the bracket’s green “ground” screw on top of the lamp’s ground wire.
Then connect the white “neutral” to the lamp’s white wire and repeat the same process for the black “hot” wire by connecting them to the lamp’s black wire.
Secure the connections with the help of wire twist nuts that come along with the installation kit.
Test the light at this point.
But, ensure that you turn off the power to complete the installation process.
With the wires now secure and functional, the final step is to neatly tuck the wires into the box and elevate the fixture with the aid of various finials, nuts and screws.
Do not forget to level the wall sconce.
Note: This information is specifically meant to describe the process of installing a wall sconce but do not take it as a guide for absolute beginners. If you have never wired anything in your life, it is best to avail the services of a professional electrician and watch and learn from them about professional lighting installation.)
Idea No. 5 – Use Bedside Lamps to Dim the Brightness To Soften Their Intensity At the End of the Day
Love to read in bed till you drop off to sleep?
If yes; you can opt for bedside lamps to lighten your bedroom.
You can select from wide array of choices like floor lamp or a table lamp.
Keep reading: Use a dimmer to reduce the brightness level of these lamps as per your requirement to soften their intensity.
(Note: Use the installation tips as given in the idea no. 4 of this write-up to install bedside lamps in your bedroom)
Idea No. 6 – Install a Dimmer Switch to Your Chandelier in Your Bedroom to Control Its Brightness as Per your Convenience
Did you think that chandeliers were only for living rooms and dining spaces?
If yes, you will be surprised to know that chandeliers can even be used for your bedroom.
It can give an additional dimension to your bedroom by making it look larger than the actual size and with the addition of a dimmer switch you would be able to control the brightness of the light as per your expectations.
(Note: Use the installation tips as given in the idea no. 1 of this write-up to install a dimmer switch to your chandelier in your bedroom)
Idea No. 7 – Use Sconces in Your Bedroom to Beautify It
Did you think that just like chandeliers sconces were restricted to beautify your living rooms?
If yes, then you will be glad to know this: Sconces can be used to beautify your bedroom too.
The key is to select the right size and shape of sconces to complement the decor of your bedroom.
(Note: Use the installation tips as given in the idea no. 4 of this write-up to install sconces in your bedroom)
Idea No. 8 – Use Ceiling-Mount Fixtures in Your Bathroom Areas That Needs Task Lighting
Do you want to beautify your bathroom area?
If yes; use ceiling-mount fixtures.
The great part?
Place one right in the center of your bathroom or any particular area that requires your attention like the sink.
Idea No. 9 – Install Low-Ceiling Translucent Glass French Windows in Your Bathroom for Natural Light to Do Wonders on It
Do you want natural light to illuminate your bathroom?
If yes; install low-ceiling translucent glass french windows in your bathroom.
This way you will get natural light flood into your bathroom giving it a new fresh appeal.
It is extremely easy to install translucent glass french windows in your bathroom.
Simply follow the steps given below:
Materials & Tools Required:
- Carpenter’s square
- Flat-head Screwdriver
- Flush cutting saw
- French door kit with frame
- Hardware (doorknobs, latches)
- Hole saw
- Long level
- Nail punch
- Paddle bit
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Power drill
- Pry bars
- Regular drill bit
- Rubber mallet
- Safety glasses
- Tape measure
- Torpedo level
Step 1 : Remove the old frame around the opening with a hammer and pry bars to install french windows
Remove the trim carefully in such a way that it does not get damaged.
Label the pieces one by one which will make it easier for you to back them up.
Step 2: Use a long level and carpenter’s square to ensure that the opening is true and square
Employ long level and carpenter’s square to make the opening that you create is true by nature and square in shape.
Step 3: Install new frame and fix it temporarily with the help of shims
Drill pilot holes through the frame and shims.
Put nails just far enough to ensure that the frame holds its place temporarily.
Step 4: Test-fit the new windows before securing it permanently
Make necessary adjustments in the window and ensure that it opens and closes properly.
Step 5: Fix the screws and secure the frame permanently
Once everything seems to fit fine, secure the frame permanently with the help of screws.
Step 6: Hang windows and install window hardware according to the instructions on the user manual
The first step is to hang the window and install window hardware and your translucent glass french windows in your bathroom will get installed.
Idea No. 10 – Add Mirror Lighting Either Above or Either Side of your Sink Mirror in the Bathroom to Change the Entire Mood of the Space
Want to make your living space look bigger and brighter?
If yes; add mirror lighting either above or either side of your sink mirror.
The great news is that it will change the entire mood of the space in a matter of a few seconds.
It is extremely easy to install mirror lighting in your bathroom.
Simply follow the steps given below and in a matter of minutes, you will have added mirror lighting in the bathroom.
Step 1 – Following the instructions as given by the manufacturer and attach the light to the mirror using the fixing supplied in the kit.
Step 2 – Thread the retaining nut over the wire from the light. This remaining nut carries the wire in the transformer housing.
Step 3 – Get the wire into the transformer housing and connect the new light to the low voltage transformer.
Step 4 – Gather the transformer housing and put the transformer into place.
Step 5 – Use a long ruler or measuring tape to measure the distance between the mounting holes.
This way you will get a fair idea about hanging the light on the wall.
(Read more : Home Remodeling & Renovation Guide)
Idea No. 11 – Install Sconces or A Pair of Lamps to your Mantel Display to Highlight its Architectural Prominence
Want to showcase your fireplace in your living room but don’t know how to do that?
If yes; install sconces or a pair of lamps to your mantel display.
This way you will be able to increase the architectural prominence of your living room.
(Note: Use the installation tips as given in the idea no. 4 of this write-up to install sconces or a pair of lamps to your mantel display)
Idea No. 12 – Highlight Your Art Collection With Pride Through Lighting Art Options
Want to showcase your art collection but do not know how to best display it?
Use lighting art options including picture lights, wall washers, ceiling-mounted accent lights, and track lighting.
Another great idea is to install picture lights on the bookcases to highlight framed objects, collections and pieces.
Idea No. 13 – Use Dimmer Switch or Soft Wall Sconces with a Separate Switch than the Main Lights for Children’s Room so that the Baby Does not Wake Up During Diaper Changes or Midnight Feeds
Want to choose a lighting form for your babies and small children?
Use dimmer switch or soft wall sconces with a separate switch than the main lights for children’s room.
This way your child will get a good night’s sleep despite night feeds and diaper change breaks.
(Note: Use the installation tips as given in the idea no. 4 of this write-up to install soft wall sconces with a separate switch……For installation of dimmer switch use the idea no.1)
Idea No. 14 – Beautifully Illuminate Your Living Room by Getting Fan Lights Specifically Designed to Serve this Purpose
Fan lights are the lights that are specifically developed for ceiling fans.
They work as a great lighting solution for a living room assisting you to beautifully illuminate the areas just below your fan area.
Always ensure that the bulb that you purchase for the fan lights are specially designed for the purpose of providing enhanced lighting effects to the surrounding areas just below the fan by resisting the vibration made by the ceiling fans.
Always remember, regular bulbs will not be able to withhold this feature and might fail prematurely.
It has generally been observed that if a fan comes with a light kit, the light kit will already be attached to the fan motor at the factory.
You will only be required to connect it with the light bulbs and globes.
In case the light kit is not installed, the light kit will be attached to the motor after the motor is elevated.
Wait till the fan blades are installed to ensure that the light does not get into the way while installing the fan blades.
Let us now divert our attention on the various steps that will help you to install the fan light kit:
Step 1 – Remove the switch housing the cover plate from the fan motor.
In case there is a plug in the middle of the cover, remove it off.
Step 2 – Feed the wires from the light kit through the cover plate hole and then fix the light kit firmly to the cover plate.
Step 3 – Attach the wires from the light kit to the two wires in the switch box labeled for “light”.
You will be able to see one white wire and one blue wire.
Match the wire colours and attach with wire nuts.
Step 4 – Push the wires into the switch box and attach the cover plate back to the fan switch box.
Idea No. 15 – Complement your Kitchen Decor With the Help of Skylight
Do you want to make your kitchen decor to stand out from the rest of your house?
If yes; skylights might be the thing that you are looking for.
It can bring a bit of the outdoors to complement your kitchen decor.
Skylights use the natural lights to provide a wonderful lighting solution for a small space like a kitchen.
It is extremely easy to install skylight for your kitchen.
The bonus benefit? It is also one of the most environment-friendly ways of bringing light into your kitchen.
Tools & Materials Required
- Caulking gun
- Plaster Saw
- Power drill
- Safety glasses
- Tape measure
- Skylight kit
Steps to install skylights in your kitchen:
Step 1 – Select the roof location of the skylight where it gets the most sunlight
Select where you would like to put the skylight on your roof.
Ensure it is a place where it gets the most sunlight.
This way you will be able to have the flexibility of selecting the place where natural skylight will be visible.
Step 2 – Place the skylight dome where you want it to be installed and remove a few tiles for the installation process
Once you have decided where the skylight needs to be placed it is important to place the skylight dome at the chosen spot and check the space and outline it.
Mark the tiles that need to be cut for the installation process.
Step 3 – Cut the tile batten and surrounding tiles to ensure that the dome fits properly
It is also important to cut the batten in such a way that the drome sits flush on the roof.
Mark where the batten needs cutting and use a handsaw to cut it.
Wear your safety glasses and earmuffs and cut the tiles to shape with the help of grinder having a diamond blade.
Insert the tiles that you cut back in place and put the dome over them.
You may be required to cut some surrounding tiles to ensure that the dome fits perfectly.
Step 4 – Pull the Mylar tube over the back of the dome and use silver tape to secure it
Before installing the dome, pull the Mylar tube over the back of the dome and use silver tape to secure it.
You will be a side marked “top” keep that side closest to the top of the roof.
Keep the Mylar tube into the roof space and insert the skylight dome in place by thrusting it under the surrounding tiles.
Step 5 – Make the side of the dome waterproof by using a silicone which would prevent any future leaks
Apply fair amount of silicone under the side of the dome to ensure that there is no future leakage.
Next: use a hammer to smoothly shape the flashing across the dome to compliment the roof’s profile.
Smear more silicone throughout the flashing to seal it.
Step 6 – Decide where you want to install the diffuser by marking up the centre line of the ceiling
Before drilling a hole in the ceiling, check where the joists are.
Use a stud finder for this.
It has generally been observed that the ideal place for a skylight diffuser is between these joists.
Once you have selected the position, measure the width of the ceiling and mark out a centre line.
Step 7 – Cut a hole in the ceiling for the skylight diffuser by using the diffuser as a markup
Use the diffuser as a markup to mark up where you want the skylight to be.
Use a plastic saw and cut the hole.
Next, pull the Mylar tubing from the roof space through a hole.
Ensure that it is of right length.
If required, you may also need to trim it.
Step 8 – Fit the diffuser into the hole using a drill to fix it into the ceiling
Screw the diffuser into the hole.
Ensure that you secure it into the plaster with the help of plastic tabs over the top of the screws.
Tighten the screws till they are firmly fit then insert the screw caps.
Step 9 – Secure the tubing using a silver tape and install the diffuser
Heave the Mylar tubing down to the end of the inside of the template.
Secure the tube with the help of silver tape.
Apply the tape around the inside edge of the template.
Install the diffuser by carefully bending it and fitting it inside the template.
Your skylight lighting is ready for kitchen.
Idea No. 16 – Easily Manage your Kitchen Chores by Illuminating your Kitchen Cabinets by Getting Under-Cabinet LED Lights
Do you want to lighten up your kitchen by illuminating your kitchen cabinets?
If yes; install under-cabinet LED lights.
A dream combination…
It is one of the practical and smart ways to lighting your kitchen.
With the help of the LED lights, you can illuminate the kitchen countertop and spaces below the cabinets which gives you enough scope to concentrate on the tasks to be carried out in a clear way.
It is very easy to install under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen without the help of an electrician.
Let us look at step-by-step guide to install under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen:
Tools & Materials Required:
- Combination strippers
- Lineman’s pliers
- Longnose pliers
- Side-cutting pliers
- Voltage tester
- Cable clamps
- Cable staples
- Electrical tape
- NM cable
- Switch box
- Under-cabinet fluorescent light
- Wire nuts
Step 1 – Ensure that all the power in the cabinet location at your home’s fuse/breaker box are off before starting off the installation process to prevent you from electric shocks
Plan the wiring process and if the countertop backsplash is removable, remove it.
Cut a channel in the drywall or plaster that will be comprehensively covered by the backsplash.
Drill holes in the studs to insert the cables.
Scrutinize each light to determine exactly where you are going to insert the cable and exit.
Cut narrow holes in the wall so that the cables can easily enter the lights.
Ensure that the hole gets covered when the lights get installed.
Step 2 – Cut a hole to the switch box and run the cable into it from the power source to double-check the process
Never connect the cable to power while following this step.
Run cable from the switch box to the hole for the first light, then from first light to second light and so on.
Allow approximately 16 inches of cable to hang from the holes to ensure that you have enough slack to make connections.
Most of the local codes enable fluorescent lights to be used as junction boxes in such a way that it becomes easier to string the wire from light to light. But, also check to make sure.
Step 3 – Attach the light by disassembling the lights and removing the lens and fluorescent tubes
Fix each cable to the light in the same manner as you would fix the cable to the box.
Ask a helper to hold the light as close to the rear wall as possible while your drive screws through the light and underneath the cabinet.
Always make sure that the screws do not poke through the inside of the cabinet.
Step 4 – Plan the process of wiring the lights so that the wires do not come within an inch of the ballast
Marry the wires with the leads inside the light in such a way that the black wire goes with the black and white with white.
Put the wires flat in the base in such a way that they do not get in the way when you add the fixture body.
Smoothly exert pressure to the bottom portion of the light to get into position.
If it becomes very difficult to put in, take it down and realign the wires for a smoother fit.
Do not forget to attach the fixture base.
Step 5 – Wire the switch to restore power
Install a switch box that has cables fixed to it.
Interweave the white wires together.
Attach each of the black wires to a solitary-pole switch.
Never use a dimmer with fluorescents.
If you are using a metal box, connect the ground wire to the switch and the box.
Cover the switch body with tape in such a way that the terminals are covered.
Interweave white to white wire and black to black wire and restore power.
Your under-cabinet lighting for the kitchen is now ready.
Idea No. 17 – Use Hanging Lights in the Kitchen to Concentrate on That Portion Which Sees Most Action During the Day
Do you want a good lighting solution for your kitchen to focus on a particular area that is the busiest during the day?
If yes; hanging lights is your solution.
Hanging lights also known as pendant lights are a great lighting solution for your kitchen.
They highlight those areas of the kitchen that require most attention like your kitchen island or dining table.
Hanging lights come in different shapes and sizes including exclusive and vintage-looking types.
The best news: If you add some to your kitchen, it will become a style feature.
There are certain that come with adjustable cables to increase or decrease the level at which they are suspended from the ceiling.
It is extremely easy to install a new hanging light into an existing junction box.
Before beginning the steps it is important to check that the power of your home’s main circuit box is turned off.
Cover the switch with tape to ensure that it does not accidentally gets turned on while you are in the process of installation.
Use a circuit tester to check whether the power is off before you touch any electrical wiring.
Let us look at the steps to install a new hanging light into an existing junction box:
Step 1 – Select a hanging light based on the requirement of your kitchen
It has generally been observed that a hanging light hangs on its own electrical cord making its fixture fairly basic and distinguished in terms of colour and size.
You can choose different lights based on your decor, space or use.
A transparent shade will be more useful to throw more light into a room, whereas an opaque or solid shape may focus on a concentrated area where the task is being performed.
Step 2 – Detect your electrical panel and turn off power to the junction box to ensure no power is running while installation to avoid any sudden electric shock
Ensure that any previously mounted light is removed with care to avoid any damage to the wiring.
You should be able to see three wires: two for power and the third one to be used as an electrical ground.
Step 3 – Ascertain the junction box is sturdy and properly attached without any defect before attaching the mounting bracket
Employ a screwdriver to attach the mounting bracket that came with the hanging light to the box with the help of the provided screws.
Ensure that the bracket is smoothly attached and rests at level.
Step 4 – Before hanging the new light, ascertain the height at which you want to hang them using the set screw and pull the cord through the cover to the desired length
Cut the excess cord with the help of wire cutters.
You can even keep the excess hidden behind the cover when elevated.
Determine the height at which you will want the lighting considering the throw of light and potential head-bumping.
Step 5 – Attach wires to cover and secure ends
Attach the grounding wires with the mounting bracket at the marked screw and connect power wires through colours or as recommended in the user manual.
Twirl the bare ends of the wires together and then use wire nuts to fix them together and secure ends.
Step 6 – Tighten the wiring till the cover rests firmly against the ceiling to ensure that no wires are left exposed
Once the wiring is done, close the junction box using its cover with the help of mounting bracket posts and screw caps.
Tighten the holes till the cover rests firmly against the ceiling to ensure that no wires are left exposed.
Step 7 – Attach shade by ensuring that the hanging light hangs level when released
Unlock the nut on the shade mount over the bulb socket.
Trickle the shade over the threads and replace nut to lock.
Ensure that the hanging light hangs level when released.
If necessary, straighten the cord by which the light hangs by hang.
Step 8 – Select the light bulb for your hanging lights depending on your specific requirements of the kitchen
Look at the wattage, shape and “light” appearance” while selecting a light bulb for your hanging lights.
If you are using a dimmer switch, ensure that the bulb is dimmable and place it with warmer colours for living spaces.
If there is a large space in your kitchen, a single hanging light will not be sufficient.
Now, that you have the interior lighting ideas that will give a modern look to your house within 45 days in front of you it is time to implement these ideas.
You can practice these ideas one at a time and reap rich dividends.
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