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DISCOVER THE SECRETS TO A WELL LIT SPACE

All American Electric Services LLC specializes in residential lighting installation and can help with practical and aesthetic projects for the home.  The right lighting can put the finishing touches on any room in your home, but there are a few important factors to consider when making this decision.  Let us help you choose the right lighting for your space by reviewing a few items: type of fixture, bulb type, and energy savings.

Lighting Fixtures

  • Recessed lighting—Recessed or “can” lighting is installed in ceilings either before or after the  drywall phase to offer a sleek, nearly seamless lighting solution. These lights sit flush against the ceiling and can be arranged in a number of ways depending on the construction and design of the room.

  • Track lighting—Track lighting usually consists of multiple hanging lamps connected to a single track or cable. These lamps can be aimed in multiple directions depending on where light is needed.  This style of lighting is a fantastic way to highlight wall art or family photos.

  • Under-cabinet lighting—Under-cabinet lighting can help set a calm, sophisticated mood in the kitchen as well as serve a functional purpose by lighting the counter top work space.  Some under-cabinet lighting can be plugged into an outlet, but hard-wiring the lights provides a more polished look and enables them to be operated by a dimmer switch. Most under-cabinet lighting is low voltage, meaning that it uses a transformer to step down the voltage coming from the designated panel circuit. Transformers are either integrated into the light’s design or can be hidden from view.  For years, All American Electric has been installing the Seagull LX Collection with interchangeable LED modules to suit different cabinet styles. This under-cabinet lighting is both reliable and highly customizable, making a great option for homeowners.

  • Pendant lighting—Pendant lighting can be installed over kitchen counter tops, dining room tables, or foyer entryways to add a soft light and a look that elevates the design of a room. This lighting is hardwired to a designated lighting circuit and can be controlled by a dimmer switch.

  • Wall sconces—Wall sconces are affixed to walls for support and are most often installed above bathroom mirrors to project lighting down toward the face.

  • Security or flood lighting—Flood lights are excellent at providing an added level of safety and home security.  These lights are often mounted on the corners of homes and equipped with motion detection to either guide homeowners safely to the doorstep or deter a potential home invasion.  

Bulbs

There are numerous options when it comes to the bulbs used to light up a home. Choosing the right bulb comes down to 3 factors:  color, energy efficiency, and heat.

  • Light-emitting diode (LED)—LED bulbs emit a bright, white light and give off little to no heat.  They are extremely energy efficient and tend to last 25-50 times longer than halogen bulbs. However, the price point of these bulbs is often higher than traditional non-LED bulbs.  While some LED bulbs are not dimmable, others can be dimmed using an electronic low-voltage dimmer.  Be sure to check the box to see if the LED bulb is dimmable, before purchasing.

  • Xenon, Halogen, and low-voltage bulbs—These bulbs emit a warm yellow light and radiate a considerable amount of heat.  In fact, halogen bulbs used in under-cabinet lighting can produce enough heat to melt peanut butter in the cabinet!  These bulbs provide a cheaper initial investment but do not match the extended life span or energy savings of LED bulbs.

Energy Savings

Dad was right...turning the lights off after leaving a room actually does save energy. Here are a few other ways to avoid burning bulbs and breaking the bank.

  • Switches—Using multiple switches might not sound advantageous however, placing a switch near the entrance of a room and another switch near the exit can help minimize usage.   Another good idea is to connect specific patterns of lights to specific switches. This is a common way to wire recessed lighting so that only certain portions of a room are illuminated, which can help reduce energy costs in the long-run. Motion detecting switches are another type switch that can greatly decrease unnecessary energy usage.

  • Reduce wattage—Dimmer switches allow owners to control the amount of wattage used during certain activities. Wattage can be increased whenever maximum light is needed, or decreased to create a soothing ambience for relaxation.

Expert advice

If you’re updating the lighting in your space with new light fixtures, additional lighting, or need new installation, give All American Electric a call. One of our expert electricians will visit your location and provide you with a free, accurate, competitive estimate for the project.


Give us a call to set up your free estimate today. 410-479-1277