The lights in our house are a bit hit and miss, we have one literally hanging off the side of the wall (electrician to be arranged when funds allow) and lots of dated industrial looking light fittings! Having once been a business it was all about practicalities not beauty and so we really need to invest some money lighting up our house! We have made some progress, we had the strip light out of our living room and replaced with two separate lights instead.
We also have an attractive ceiling rose which has a big fat light wedged into it... obviously it adds a lot of light into the hallway but it’s hardly the entrance you want when people are first invited inside. I would love to get a chandelier something glitzy and sparkly to make an impact, I am hoping we can salvage the ceiling rose when we made the change.
They can be very expensive to buy so ideally we can use it again. The cornices and ceiling rose add real character to our house, it needs every little bit that remains because when it was used as a business it lost many of its features whilst fire doors, a fire escape and emergency signs were added here there and everywhere...
It’s not just buying the light fittings and the cost of the electrician to install them, it’s the sheer number of bulbs we actually need! Our electricity bill is going up at the rate of knots, my spreadsheet is groaning under all our monthly outgoings! We need to try and be more economical with electricity. One way to do this would be to replace all our bulbs with energy saving versions; they have a few deals over at bulbs2go.
But my main focus is encouraging everyone to TURN THE LIGHTS OFF in the rooms they are not using! Makes sense you would think but sometimes our house may as well be part of the Blackpool illuminations as no one else would seem to agree with my attitude for saving electricity!!! Maybe sensor lights would have got around the problem, with them leaping into action with the slightest movement, but knowing my luck the dog would activate them all whilst she chases round the house like a lunatic or the bigger spiders that seem to pop up lately might activate them as they do the rounds crawling around everywhere (eeek!).
I would love to one day showcase my house to you, but at the moment only tiny sections of the house are really fit for viewing! The rest is a bit of a shambles, rooms where the door is closed until further notice... (so its to be continued!).