5 Of The Most Common Home Lighting Mistakes

We all mistakes. It’s just a part of human nature. But some mistakes can linger far longer than others and when you’re stuck living with those errors in judgment you can find yourself fumbling around in the dark. Such is the case for those among us dealing with home lighting issues

Fortunately poor lighting doesn’t have to be a permanent situation as long as you realize the mistakes that have been made and how to correct them. It’s important to remember how much of an effect that lighting, either good or bad, can have on the overall ambiance and aesthetic of each room in the house. 

So here are the five most common home lighting mistakes to avoid, courtesy of your friends at Richmond’s Bradley Mechanical. Knowing what not to do ahead of time can help you make the right lighting decisions for as long as you live in your home. Not only will you be able to see your way around much better but your interiors will stand out and look a lot more vibrant and robust. 

1. Multiple Light Sources

One of the most common mistakes committed by homeowners when they are designing the lighting in their home is that, well, they don’t really put much of any thought into the lighting design of their home. 

Much of the time, lighting is considered with a focus on overhead light and that’s about it. While you can certainly rely on overhead illumination as your only source it’s not going to do the interiors of the room any favors. Everything will appear flat and bright. Sure, you’ll be able to see where you’re going and that’s about all of the benefit you’ll receive from this strategy. 

However, you can add warmth, charm, and increased functionality of light by considering multiple light sources so as to present a layered lighting scheme. Your additional functionality will come from having the flexibility of controlling the amount of light in the room to achieve the feel you want. 

Overhead lighting is ideal for some situations while a side table lamp, reading light, or wall scones can bring texture and coziness to the room when you want it. 

2. Lighting Fixture Sizes

You see this all the time in homes and the residents within don’t even realize they’ve made a critical error in judgment. When it comes to lighting fixtures, size does indeed matter and too many homeowners are making critical errors installing the wrong dimensions for the room.


In many cases, the lighting that’s been installed is simply too small for the room in which it has been placed. This results in too little light being emanated for merely lighting the area sufficiently enough and you’re left fumbling around in a dark room. 

It’s not just inadequate light that can be an effect of poor sizing, sometimes the fixture or fixtures you’ve selected can have the opposite impact of flooding the room with too much illumination. This can be just as detrimental to your comfort as having fixtures that are too small for the room. It’s not just about changing out the bulbs either, the fixture is the issue in this case. 

3. Ceiling Height

Much like with the sizes of the fixtures you select for your home, you should also be cognizant of the height of your ceilings when you place those fixtures in a room. Good lighting is affected by how high or low your fixtures hang from above. 

You need to consider the height of the ceiling in comparison to the floor as well as any furnishings in the room you’ve chosen to hang overhead fixtures. If that light hangs too low or if it’s positioned too high, it can have a seriously negative impact on the look of the room and the amount of illumination you’re receiving from your fixtures. 

4. Dark or Light Room

Before you place any lighting in a room, regardless of fixture size or ceiling height, you need to consider the décor of the space. That starts with checking out the paint color you’ve chosen for the walls. If the room has been adorned in darker colors and hues your lighting scheme will need to be strategized much differently than if the room is much brighter and lighter. 

Once you’ve determined that the color of your walls are going to require a certain lighting plan don’t forget to consider the type of bulbs you plan to install either. Different bulbs offer different types of glow. Some are warmer, some are cooler. Choose your lightbulb wisely. 

5. Dimmer Switches

The lighting in your home can become more dynamic and functional when you have total control over how much of it you allow to brighten or darken a room. Dimmer switches are the ideal option for affording you this type of control and more homeowners would do well to install them in certain areas of the house. 

Not having a dimmer switch in the living room or dining room is a mistake because it limits your flexibility for illuminating these areas precisely how you want them.

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