Let in the Light (or Not): Smart Ways to Control Light in Your Home

Let in the Light (or Not): Smart Ways to Control Light in Your Home

It’s a funny time of year and getting plenty of light into your home is essential if you don’t want to be squinting in the dark all the time. You need lots of light so you can read, see what you’re doing, or just prevent the dreary weather outside from making you feel miserable. However, sometimes you have the opposite problem, and there is too much light coming in from outside. Whether it’s sunlight, moonlight or a streetlight, you need to block out the annoying light that’s sneaking into your home. You need control over the light in your home, whether you want to increase or decrease it. You have a few options for doing just that.

Curtains or Blinds

The usual choice for blocking out or welcoming light from outside is a pair of curtains or a blind. They’re readily available in different sizes, styles, and colours, easy to install, and easy to use. Curtains generally give the option of light or no light, as well as offering privacy. You can also use net curtains if you don’t want to block out the light completely. Blinds come in a few more options, from roller blinds to Venetian blinds. You can have a bit more control over the light you choose to let into your home. I particularly like vertical blinds as you can choose how much light to let in, or pull them back completely. The front of our house is close to a footpath so I have these in my lounge and my bedroom, as well as curtains.

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Shutters

If you’re not sure about curtains or blinds, there’s another option you can consider. You can use them in addition to or instead of a blind or pair of curtains. Most people think of external shutters, perhaps on a cute rustic home in France. But you can also have internal window shutters in your home. As well as helping you control the light, they also make an excellent decorative feature. Shutters are an interesting thing to add to your windows inside and can look particularly good in a light and airy kitchen. I really like the look of these. 

Explore Different Types of Lighting

As well as playing with natural light, you can also look at different types of lighting to use in your home. In fact, this is essential if you don’t get a lot of sunshine. The way to have more control over your lighting is to use different levels and colours for varying effects. Use overhead lights, floor lamps, table lamps, and more. Lights that you can adjust to different brightness levels are excellent too, as are different levels of warmth from your lightbulbs. You can adjust your lighting to suit the time of day or the occasion.

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Make Your Lighting Smarter

One of the great things you can do now is use smart technology to have greater control over your lights. You can install smart bulbs that you can control from your smartphone or tablet. It gives you control over which lights are on or off, as well as lighting levels. You can also explore smart systems that allow you to control the temperature of your home at the same time, as well as other things.
Take control of your home by finding ways to adjust the lighting levels. You can light things up or reduce the light whenever you want.

 

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5 Comments

  1. 1st February 2017 / 3:51 pm

    This are some creative ways to let or control lighting in the house! the great part about using smart lighting is that not only is it convenient with the use of a phone but how much energy and money it could save!

    • Jaki
      2nd February 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

    • Jaki
      2nd February 2017 / 8:53 pm

      With the amount of gadgets we have these days I could spend a small fortune!

  2. Steve Reeves
    2nd February 2017 / 5:07 pm

    There are indeed many cool things you can do with smart lighting. You should check out the Amazon echo. You can turn on and off lights, dim them and if you have color bulbs change it to any of millions of colors… all with your voice!

    • Jaki
      2nd February 2017 / 8:51 pm

      I could spend a small fortune!! 😄

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