Changing up the lighting concept is an effective way to tailor your home to your own unique lifestyle. But with so many lighting options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before you buy your fittings, and what to do once you’re ready to install.

1. What’s Your Current Lighting Like?

Start from where you are. Take a good look at the current lighting in each room of your rooms. Identify the problem areas, and then consider your solutions. If you don’t like the look of the fixtures, it’s as simple as swapping them out for ones that match your style and taste. But if you’re replacing your lights because of inadequate lighting, there are a variety of lighting solutions you could explore, from additional floor lamps and table lamps in your living space, to stove lights and under-cabinet light strips in your kitchen.

Before investing in new fittings, consider changing your bulbs to see if that brightens up the space. Cleaning your fixtures can help too, since dust over the bulbs or light covers can reduce the room’s lighting. If you want softer lighting, try replacing the bulbs with frosted bulbs to see if you get better results. If you’re still thinking about drastically changing your lighting, speak to an electrician about the most feasible options for you and your home.

2. What Are the Special Features of Your Space?

Once you’ve decided what you want to change about your lighting, think about where these changes will take place. If you have a kitchen island or a dining room table which serves as the centerpiece of your space, why not highlight it with a pendant ceiling light? A long hall may benefit from a series of soft pin lights. Adding small wall fixtures above your artwork can help make your paintings pop, while dimmer switches can give a multipurpose living space the right ambiance no matter what the occasion. Focus on how the fixtures will complement your space for maximum impact.

Be aware that some homes are better suited to certain types of lighting than others, especially when there’s no overhead wiring. This is something you could talk through with an electrician. He or she may be able to help you have the lighting concept that you want. Don’t worry though, there are always great alternative options if you’re met with limitations.

3. What Are Your Personal Preferences?

Everyone has their own unique design tastes, and you can play this up with your choice of light fixtures. At the end of the day, if you’re going to change your lighting, it should be to something you like. Just remember: the type and style of fixture you choose should reinforce your overall interior design theme.

If you have a modern-industrialist-inspired decor, you might consider rail lights, which allow you to adjust the direction each bulb faces in a simple yet effective way. Sconces add an antique touch to a retro theme, while chandeliers provide eye-catching detail within a classic decor. Environmentally-friendly and tech-savvy decorators might consider photo-sensitive nightlights in areas like the bathroom. These would provide gentle lighting to guide you when you get up at night, and might be a great option for families with young children, too. By using multiple types of lighting, from lamps to ceiling fixtures, in each room, you can introduce layers of light for multiple options and a less specific style.

Installing Your Fixtures

When you know what you want, it’s as simple as purchasing and installing your fixtures. If you’re updating old fixtures, you simply need to turn off the power to that fixture, unscrew the old one, connect the new wires, and secure the new fixture. As a final touch, you’ll add your bulbs and install any trim that’s necessary for the fixture. If you’re adding new lights altogether, be sure to talk to an electrician to ensure the installation is completed safely and properly.

Updating your lighting isn’t hard, but it does take some careful thought and consideration. How will you upgrade the lights in your condo?