After living in a place for a while, you get to know it’s quirks. Some rooms are quieter, others are cozy, some are open and bright, and others feel a little dark. It’s just the way it is, right?
Well, maybe not. The great room with it’s massive amount of windows has always felt open and airy, and basically the rest of the house has seemed kind of dark. I didn’t know whether it was the lack of windows or the lighting, but the bedrooms and upstairs seemed to lack in the brightness department.
Then the MR started painting the upstairs. Next thing I know, large boxes are showing up on the porch. He’d ordered packs of LED bulbs to replace the ones upstairs and in the guest room.
Holy cow! What a difference that has made. Maybe it was simply getting rid of the old light bulbs caked with dust—we have no idea when they were last replace—but now you can actually see in those rooms.
Who knew changing the feel of a room could be as easy as changing a light bulb? That got me thinking. I’ve shared with you the story of how the fellow who built this place had to buy repositionable lights after turning them on in the great room the first time. It looked like some crazy disco with lights scattered everywhere due to the angle of the ceiling.
Well, sometimes I’d like to knit instead being cozy on the couch, and a little light is essential. So wouldn’t it be nice if we could reposition one of these lights just a little.
A spotlight for knitting seems like a truly good thing. Now we just have to figure out how to reposition that light without having to buy a really tall ladder and without breaking any lightbulbs.
Speaking of lightbulbs, the new LED bulbs can be pricey, but watch for deals. The MR bought them on Amazon and the four-pack which was listed for $140 he picked up for $40. Sometimes your local power company offers rebates and discounts for energy efficient bulbs, so check for ways to save.
I think it’s time to replace the bulbs in the master bedroom next. I do like a bright cheery space.
Any simple changes for big impact at your house?