Light Fixture Replacement: A Good Idea Anytime
While light fixture replacement may seem like a simple do-it-yourself project, it can be tricky - or even dangerous - for someone who isn’t an electrician to complete this project safely. This is especially true in older houses where the wiring to older fixtures and their switches can vary from room to room and light to light.
The consequence of a bungled light fixture replacement can be as serious as fire, electrical shock or even electrocution. In older areas of Atlanta, electrical circuitry may not have been upgraded for decades. Older houses that have ceramic light sockets may also have aluminum wiring that has deteriorated over the years, which causes a risk for short circuit or shock. These are things that a professional electrician is trained to deal with. Moreover, if you’re hoping to add a rheostat or dimmer switch, a motion detector or a system to control multiple lights with a single switch, a pro can do the job much more efficiently and safely than most weekend DIYers.
Why to Upgrade Light Fixtures
Upgrading light fixtures is a project that can be done at any time and for any number of reasons. New fixtures can brighten and improve the look and feel of a space. Adding focused lighting - such as recessed cans - to light up corners and accent furniture can actually make a room look and feel bigger. Upgraded fixtures can combine with mirrors to open up a space without changing any other element in the room.
While there are many aesthetic reasons to change or replace a light fixture, remember that lighting can account for up to 25 percent of your power bill, according to the Edison Electricity Institute. These days, one of the best reasons to replace your older fixtures is to upgrade to newer, more efficient models that put out the light that you want and save you money at the same time.
Any job that involves electrical work holds a potential risk for a homeowner. If you are at all uncertain of your ability to do a wiring job - even an often-simple one like changing a light fixture - don’t hesitate to call a professional electrician. Not only can electricians do the installation, they can offer advice on selecting the right fixture for the space and proper location to maximize the lighting effect on the room.