17. Shine a new light
Lighting plays an important role in home decor. Installing new lights, or even changing the wattage, can change the look and mood of a room.
“After years of work, LED lighting companies have finally achieved their goal of producing a good replacement for the common 60-watt incandescent bulb,” says MIT Technology Review’s article, “How to Choose an LED Light Bulb.” Some bulbs are rated to last 25,000 hours, or up to 25 years, depending on the use.
The article tells how to choose among the various brightness options and select bulbs for shape, function, color and light quality. It says:
For the consumer, the main benefits of LED fixtures are clear: They’re energy-efficient, can last for more than 20 years and, in many cases, give off good light. The prices have gone down steadily as well, as the LED components have dropped in price and lighting companies introduce better designs.
When investing in new LED bulbs, consider changing the fixture itself as well. Look for used fixtures online, at thrift shops and ReStores.
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