Are sick of flipping on your lights and still not being able to see? There are lots of reasons why your existing light fixtures may not be able to brighten up the room, and dim lighting can have a number of consequences. Eye strain from low light can cause migraines, blurring or fading vision, and it may not even save you money on your energy bills, especially if you’re using inefficient lightbulbs.
If you’re tired of dealing with this problem, there are a few things you may be able to do to fix it and improve your in-home lighting, which we’ll discuss on this blog. If these solutions don’t work, you should contact a Dallas electrician from Arrow Electric to perform an inspection on your system and figure out whether the power source itself is the cause of your lighting being so dim.
Bulbs with higher wattage ratings are generally brighter and can improve the lighting in your room substantially. If you’re struggling to see with 40 watt bulbs in your lamps and light fixtures, consider upping to a 60 or even an 80-watt bulb.
But won’t that burn more electricity? Generally, yes, higher-wattage bulbs pull more current which means your electric bills will go up, but they don’t have to! Energy-efficient lightbulbs, such as LEDs, use a mere fraction of the energy, so a 20-watt bulb may have the same light output as a 60 or 80-watt incandescent lamp. Generally, the box will give you the brightness equivalent when purchasing an LED bulb, so consider giving this highly-affordable technology a try.
Darker colors absorb light, which can really make a space feel dimmer, even when the bulb power may be exactly the same. If you’re tired of your room feeling dim and your walls are painted a dark color, consider swapping over to a lighter shade that’s more reflective of light. Not only will this make your room feel bigger than it is, but it will also seem brighter since your lightbulb’s light will be utilized more effectively. The same can be said for furniture and accents like pillows or rugs: while darker colors might look good and meet your aesthetic goals, they do make your room feel darker.
You’d be surprised how many times we get complaints of lights being dim and the result is simply that someone has their room arranged in a way that doesn’t allow the light to fill the space. You might have a bright bulb in a fixture, but if that light fixture is obscured in such a way that the majority of that light can’t actually reach your room, then you’ll likely be straining your eyes nonetheless. This can be even harder on your eyes as well when you consider that there will be stark contrasts between the well-lit and shadowed areas in that particular space. Arrange your room in a way that really allows the light fixtures to shine brightly and you’ll see a drastic improvement.
What To Do About Low Voltage
If these simple solutions don’t work, then there’s a chance you may be dealing with low voltage getting to your lights. Low voltage is when your light fixtures aren’t receiving enough power to allow them to shine at their brightest, and is usually a sign of an aging electrical system or a problem elsewhere in the home. Figuring out which is which can be immensely difficult if you don’t have the experience or training that a professional electrician can offer you.
Generally, low voltage or voltage decline (lights that are progressively growing dimmer) are caused by some form of resistance elsewhere in your electrical system. Resistance is some form of a barrier that doesn’t allow electricity to flow easily, which usually results in energy loss that both drains money out of your wallet, and potentially places your home in danger. This is because resistance usually causes energy loss in the form of heat, and too much resistance can cause things to melt or catch fire.
Over time, all electrical equipment will wear out and gradually increase in the amount of resistance it has. Even the most conductive of substances has at least a small amount of resistance, and over time, the flow of electrical charge can cause these substances to change, increasing their resistance until they eventually wear out. Copper, the most common type of household electrical wire, is generally strong and resistant to this change, which is why it’s such a popular choice.
If your wiring system is more than 20 years old, odds are you’re probably going to need to have it replaced fairly soon. Some systems can last longer than this, but when you start noticing signs like dimming lights, struggling circuit breakers, and other inconsistencies, you shouldn’t hesitate to let a Dallas electrician inspect your system to determine if you’re dealing with a minor issue or if you should schedule a full overhaul.Don’t wait! Contact Arrow Electric today by dialing (214) 516-7440 for more information.