Lighting a Home - Potential, Influence, Risks

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX CREST REALTY WESTSIDE
Home lighting is more than just a light fixture hanging from the ceiling.  Lighting, when creatively used, can go a long way in not only making the home “visible,” but in also setting the mood of a room, ensuring that a buyer will “fall in love” with it, enhancing style, comfort and … ultimately, lead to a faster Vancouver home sale.
 
Here are some useful ideas from TeamYVR.  Layered lighting is a good lighting theme to consider for your home. You can use four layers to light your Vancouver home. And, at the end, a home with bad lighting is harder to sell because the he feel of doom & gloom in a dark house is what nobody wants.
 
So what do we mean by layers?
1. The first layer would have direct light that comes from an overhead bulb fixture, pendant lamps or windows.
2. The second layer is creative lighting that is meant to highlight decorative pieces in your home such as a carving or a wall hanging. Track lights and spotlights work well for this purpose. This light can also be targeted to light specific areas such as a reading desk or a cabinet. Use low wattage bulbs to highlight your decorative items and bring out their color.
3. The third layer the light itself as a decorative aspect of your Vancouver home. Free standing glass lamps, chandeliers or sconces are good for this purpose
 
For some good examples, here are some other useful tips from TeamYVR on how to use light creatively for a Vancouver home sale.
 
a. Up lighting - When light is placed to face up, it can create a beautiful effect that is not overbearing. Light fixtures can be placed behind furniture items and faced upwards or in beautiful moldings to highlight a given area of the home.
 
b. Get Professional Help – If you have a large lighting project ahead of you, get professional help to give you sound advice and carry out the electrical work. Shops that sell light fixtures will give you these services for free if you buy from them. 
 
c. Natural Light - Consider using natural light creatively as part of your lighting scheme. Use large window to allow natural light to come in.
 
d. Cost Effective Lighting - Use led light bulbs to conserve energy and save money. These bulbs last for many years before needing to be changed.
 
e. Outdoor Lighting - You can consider using recessed light that does not draw attention to itself outside. Spotlights also work well to provide lighting outside.
 
f. Dimmer switches - These switches are an inexpensive way of lighting that help to set the mood of a room. Less energy is required to power a dimmer switch and bulbs last longer.
 
g. Use Layered Lighting - Layered lighting is good for areas and rooms that are multi-functional. Different lighting can be used for different sections of the room and for different functions.
 
Go ahead and get creative as you light your home.  For more suggestions contact us at TeamYVR to get some good ideas on lighting and how we have used lighting effectively before.  Remember to use light to enhance the positive features of your home.  Conversely, if you’re buying a Vancouver home, look for good lighting practices that are already in place as you do your house shopping and ask your real estate team what we think of the lighting work in the properties we look at together.
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