Lighting 101


What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a dark room? Flip on the light switch, of course. Even though we take it for granted, surprisingly, there’s much more to lighting than just flipping a switch.

The type of lightbulbs you use, where you place the lighting fixtures and how you wire them are all important parts of lighting your home. We’re here to help you understand it better.


The three types of lightbulbs are incandescent, CFL and LED.

Incandescents have been around the longest, but they also use the most energy. Not to mention, they can get really hot and can make your cooling system work extra hard to overcome all that added heat.

CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) were designed as an energy-efficient alternative to incandescents. CFLs are more expensive up front, but they use about 1/3 of the energy that incandescents use, and they last nearly 15 times longer. CFL’s also are cooler than incandecants bulbs. But, CFL’s can take some time to warm up and reach their full brightness.

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are the newest and most energy-efficient lightbulbs on the market. The initial cost is higher than CFLs and incandescent bulbs, but the energy savings and longevity of the bulbs are worth the investment.

Wiring for Lighting

Whenever you install a new lighting fixture, whether it be a ceiling fan, chandelier or recessed lighting, leave the wiring to the experts. Faulty wiring can pose a fire risk and threaten the rest of your homes electrical system.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is a different beast than indoor lighting. Outdoor lights must be weatherproof and fairly bright, so generally LEDs are the best bulbs to use. BriteBox can help install everything from motion-censored security lighting to landscape lighting and front porch lights.

Smart Lighting

Smart bulbs and switches can connect to a home automation system, giving you control of your lights from virtually anywhere just by using your smart phone or tablet. You can plug lamps into smart outlets or install smart switches in your home, so you can avoid having to get up to turn off the light if you’re already comfy in bed.

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