Things are looking bright around here! I finally got a real light in the office. This may be surprising, but in some homes, especially newer builds and rentals, many rooms don’t necessarily come with overhead lights. In fact, in our house, three bedrooms, an office and the entry way don’t have light fixtures. We finally got fed up and went on a hunt like no other to find the perfect light.
And, by golly, I am so happy I could sing! But don’t worry, I’ll spare you.
Ok, let me back up a moment to show you just how crazy my lighting problem was. You may be used to seeing the above photo of my office space. If you want to see the rest of the DIY makeover we did, you can find our craft room post here. I am so lucky to have beautiful, natural light that floods and bounces around the room during the day.
At night though, it’s a different story…
It’s a cave with work being guided by three separate task lights. Other than working on the computer, there was no crafting or working in the room at night. Sad DIY girl…actually all of us. The big guy’s office is on the opposing wall so he also feels the pain.
Standard Disclaimer: This post is not a substitute for advice from a certified electrician. We present our ideas for entertainment purposes and only you know your capabilities and your home. Definitely turn off the power from the breaker box before doing any electrical work and don’t attempt something beyond your ability.
In our home, the light switches dead end into an outlet. We checked before cutting anything by removing the wiring to that outlet. We were also lucky that the wire was already fished across the ceiling from the light switch to the outlet, so we cut the 14-guage electrical wire around the area where we wanted to install the light (with some excess to be sure). Fish tape is extremely helpful, but you may also need to cut a hole in the drywall to get around tricky corners.
Best Light Bulbs For Task Areas
Of course, I had to purchase light bulbs to put in said new light. This is actually where it gets funky because I am super picky about my light bulbs… with good reason. What’s the point of decorating and functioning in a room with ugly lighting?
First, I made sure my light fixture took classic-sized light bulbs. No one wants to store five different kinds of light bulbs at home. Nope. No, thank you. We need a standard shape that will fit anywhere and be used every day in the home, and I keep a few extra on hand.
Second, I also don’t want my electric bill to spike now that we are adding at least four additional lights to the house. These light bulbs can also save you about $60 over the life of the light bulb when compared to standard incandescent. They also last an estimated 13.7 years on average! That means hubby won’t have to lug the ladder around the house all the time. I bet he appreciates that.
Third, the color tone of the white light is super important to both of us. Since this is a task-oriented space, I want to mimic natural light, which can help one feel energized and focused. In the office, I chose the Daylight option for this reason. However, for living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, I would probably go more with the Soft White.
Buy the LED Light Bulbs Here in Both Color Options:
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