How to Update Your Home Lighting

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Whether your home is aged and antique or built this year, replacing your light fixtures, chandeliers, and wall mounts can update your home’s style and save you money on utility bills. With the wide selection of decorative lighting available in stores and online, from fancy chandeliers to sleek, contemporary pieces and modern lamps, you are sure to find something that suits your budget and flair. Check out a few of the most popular types below.

Choosing Contemporary Style

Current lighting trends lean toward contemporary designs, so you should keep an eye out for fixtures with shapes and colors that match this style.


Rather than the swirly, intricate designs of the past, contemporary lighting is composed of more edges and lines. This is unlike the retro lighting you can still sometimes find that comes in a bright pop of color with a shiny look to it.

Color and Sheen

Matte fixtures are popular with contemporary style. These colors allow light to be dimly reflected off of a fixture, rather than brightly bounced off of a shiny surface. These modern fixtures, lamps, and chandeliers come in a variety of colors to match your decorative style, but the most popular choices are silver, bronze, and black.

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Many of these fixtures can be installed on your own as long as you follow the proper safety measures and have the appropriate tools.

Choosing Eco-Friendly Lighting

Eco-friendly lighting is growing more popular, and it’s an up-and-coming trend in modern lighting. While many people are aware of the energy savings provided by “green” lighting, most are unwilling to fork out the cash. If you are already redoing your lighting, however, you should update to fixtures made for LED or fluorescent bulbs. They are just as easy to replace as other bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are still the most popular due to their lower cost, but they are expected to fade out of the lighting market over the next decade.

Eco-Friendly Bulbs

Eco-friendly lighting, such as Energy Star lighting, saves energy, costs less to use, and distributes light more evenly. While some of the fixtures, lamps, and chandeliers may cost more at the initial time of purchase, they use about 75 percent less energy than old-school incandescent bulbs in the long run.

An easy way to begin converting to eco-friendly lighting is to replace your light bulbs. Rather than purchasing incandescent bulbs, try some fluorescent ones. Most often they are spiraled and can be found at almost any store that carries light bulbs.

Using Quick Updates

There are a few simple ways you can update your home lighting without rewiring any fixtures or spending too much money.

Replace Your Shades

Replace the shades on your current light fixtures to update your decorative lighting. Many wall fixtures have glass “shades,” much like the shade of a lamp. They come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and styles, and are made of glass, tile, cloth, or paper.

Install Dimmers

Install light switches with dimmers to save energy and reduce the brightness of wired lights. Dimmers can also be used as a form of mood lighting, creating a cozy environment.