Room-by-room tips for properly lighting your log home
by Andrew Hanelly
• Replace a few standard incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps. They cost more upfront but can last up to ten times as long as their traditional counterparts, saving you money over time.
• Employ the use of automatic lighting controls. Using dimmers, motion-sensor light switches, and automatic timers allows you more control of your light output and, ultimately, your utility bill.
• Instead of using bright, overhead lights use task lighting (table lamps, under-cabinet lighting, recessed flood lamps) to focus your wattage where you need it.
• Embrace the options provided by a three-setting lamp. Reading requires more light than watching a movie and this type of lamp offers control and flexibility.
• Use light-colored curtains on your windows to preserve your privacy while taking advantage of natural, ambient light.