Want to update the look, control or energy efficiency of your home lighting but don't know where to start? Check out our five brightest ideas for home lighting makeovers and you'll be on the road to fresh, new lighting in no time.
BRIGHT IDEA #1: MOTION SENSORS THAT SAVE ON LIGHTING ENERGY COSTS.
It's obvious that turning out the lights when leaving a room is one of the most basic ways to save energy and money, but what happens when you forget? For those of us who are a little absentminded in the switching-off-the-lights department, Leviton® has developed the Decora® Manual ON Occupancy Sensor, a motion-detecting light switch. It uses passive infrared technology to keep tabs on whether there are people in a room. If the sensor detects body movement and knows that the room is occupied, the lights stay on. If motion is no longer sensed, the switch jumps into action and does the responsible (and energy-efficient) thing: it turns off the lights.
BRIGHT IDEA #2: LIGHT SWITCHES THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEARCH FOR IN THE DARK.
Your days — or rather, nights — of groping through the dark to find light switches are over. With a tiny built-in glowing rocker switch, the Leviton® DECORA® Illuminated Designer Rocker Switches each come with their own night light. The lamp makes the switch easy to find in dark rooms or hallways. It is like a standard wall switch during the day but with a gentle light that will guide you to it in the dark — no fumbling required.
BRIGHT IDEA #3: WALL PLATES WITH A MODERN TWIST.
Whoever said that wall plates had to be the standard white metal covers? There's no doubt that stainless steel is the hottest finish for home appliances, so why not have wall plates to match? With sleek lines and a gorgeous low-profile design, Leviton® stainless steel wall plates made of brushed stainless steel are the ultimate finishing touch for any residential or commercial space.
BRIGHT IDEA #4: A TIMER THAT LIGHTS YOUR WAY INTO THE HOUSE.
If you need to feel more at ease coming home after dark, consider an outdoor programmable timer to help light your way. The UPM-DT523 Outdoor Programmable Timer has a photocell that keeps lights off during the day when it detects the presence of sunlight. Outdoor lights will switch on when it is dark out. There is also a programmable timer to customize lighting time. Either way helps to save energy costs with lights programmed to switch on and off automatically or manually.
BRIGHT IDEA #5: STYLISH FLOOR BOXES THAT PROVIDE EXTRA POWER.
Rather than having a jungle of extension cords running across the floor, Pop-Up Floor Boxes by Southwire® is a convenient power source via a standard, tamper-resistant floor receptacle. Install one of these polished stainless steel boxes in a moisture-free area for a duplex power receptacle away from the wall. It snaps closed when it is not in use to limit tripping hazards and keep outlets covered and protected from dirt or debris.