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4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home's Lighting Scheme

If your home often feels dim, or you find yourself groping the hallway for that hard-to-find light switch, you may want to consider how you can improve your lighting design. Below are several suggestions from

Plug it in. Add a plug-in nightlight to bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways to provide safe footing in the dark with no surprises. For a permanent installation, add an electrical receptacle with an LED (Light Emitting Diode) that is controlled by a photo sensor. It turns on in the dark and off in daylight automatically.

Raise outlets. Make it easy to plug in electrical outlets by installing them 24 inches from the floor so you can reach them without bending down.

Rock it. Replace a standard light switch with a "rocker" style switch. Other types operate with a touchpad that responds to your finger: slide it up and the light goes on; slide it down and the light dims.

Motion controlled. At stairs leading to an attic or basement, install a motion sensor onto the switch to light the way hands-free.


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