Our Top Lighting Tips for Renters
You’ve just moved in to your new apartment. You’re over the moon about your new place, the building, and the neighborhood. You already have 13 Pinterest boards dedicated to how you’ll decorate every square inch of your new space. There’s just one tiny itch you can’t seem to scratch: a couple of seriously unsightly lighting fixtures that make you cringe every time you walk past them (we’re looking at you, boob lamps). Worst of all, they don’t even do that great a job at illuminating your room. We feel your pain. Scroll on for solutions to make you look past the ugly.
In most cases, great lighting at eye level will be enough to draw your eye far away from bad lighting above. Three lamps dispersed around the room is the golden rule of great lighting, but feel free to break the rule to suit your needs. Use a variety of task lamps, table lamps, and floor lamps around the room.
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If your space is small or your lighting budget is limited, use mirrors to reflect the light from other lamps. Just make sure it reflects a lamp you like, because you’ll see it in double.
Sometimes you just need to replace rental-grade ceiling fixture, no matter the cost. Luckily, there are tons of inexpensive options on the market! Pick something light and simple to assemble so you can easily take with you when you move.
Just make sure you get the help of an electrician to install it, and to remove it at the end of your lease. You can expect to pay between $40-$100/hour for a qualified electrician, which is probably less than hiring a painting contractor.
Do you have any great lighting tips for renters? Share them with us in the comments below.