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indoor lighting

Use these easy tips to increase your comfort and safety.

Using the right amount of light in each room of your house will make your home bright and welcoming.  But good lighting is more than decoration: it can make you more comfortable by increasing your feelings of security and reducing eye strain and the likelihood of trips and falls.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use several lamps to light a room adequately. Most lamps will light 40 - 50 square feet.
  • Multiply the square footage of a room by 1.5 to get the right amount of light. For example, a 20 X 12 room should have about 360 watts (20 X 12 X 1.5) of lighting.
  • Place lighting fixtures at different heights in the room to provide good lighting for all the different activities for which the room is used.
  • Look for the most energy efficient light bulb to meet your needs — many local retailers offer a variety of options.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the number and wattage of bulbs per fixture.

Be Comfortable

  • At your desk, use a lamp that provides the output of 75 to 100 watt incandescent bulbs depending on your age - older eyes need more light.
  • Watching TV in the dark can cause eye strain and fatigue. Maintain a comfortable lighting level while watching to reduce contrast.
  • When reading, lights should provide the output of 75 - 150 watt incandescent bulbs and should be placed so that shadows don’t fall on the pages.

Be Safe

  • Use timers or other devices to turn on lights when you are away or to welcome you home on a dark winter night.
  • In the bathroom, illuminate your shower and tub areas for safety and ease of access. 
  • Light the top and bottom of stairways for safe stepping.


did you know?

Compact fluorescent bulbs use less electricity and last longer than incandescent light bulbs.  They may be a great choice for some of your lighting needs.