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"A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world."

Ira Blake of Light My Space writes the following about the importance of the right lighting; "Good lighting can increase the perceived value of a property and helps prospective buyers and tenants to see themselves living there. Indoor and outside lights can provide a real wow factor at a fraction of the cost of restyling or redecorating and with the latest systems and technology, the running and maintenance cost savings can be significant. Lighting trends emphasise the importance of choice vs. cost If you are thinking of renovating, selling or renting out a property, the results of several National and International surveys were released over the summer and make interesting reading: * Home improvement project spend per household in 2017 is £38.8K, up 7% on 2016 and growing * Lighting is the top planned purchase category for 2017 (at 35%) after painting & decorating * 49% of homeowners in Europe & the UK rated outdoor lighting as an important factor in perceived property value, kerb-appeal and buying decisions. These findings were endorsed by Rightmove UK. * Property professionals rated adequate outside lighting as 4th in a list of garden features that significantly add value to property. * Lighting trends to 2023 show the biggest increase in future consumption will be for eco & low-powered lighting. This is driven by increased environmental concerns and responsible electricity consumption and not by cost. Homeowners are planning to spend money on lighting The findings of these surveys are clear: 1. There is a huge appetite in new and existing homeowners for different and better lighting solutions. It is official...rows of downlighters are boring. 2. Homeowners are prepared to spend a big chunk of their home improvement budgets on lighting. 3. Homeowners are frustrated that they can find the right lighting products and services. 69% or those surveyed said this was their biggest home improvement challenge. If you are not convinced of the cost vs. benefits to make these changes, your buyers will certainly appreciate any contact details you can give them about where they can find the products and services they need to install great lighting. 5 lighting questions that could add value to your property When you look at your lighting or are thinking of making changes to your lighting we suggest you ask yourself the following: * Are your lights an attractive feature or just there to do a job? Downlighters are everywhere and as part of an overall lighting design, they do have a function. But, a house with only uniformly spaced downlighters is a missed opportunity to add a touch of warmth, style or personality. * Do your lights show that any thought or care has been given to selecting them? If your lights show no thought or effort, what does that imply for the rest of the property? * Do your lights give your room the right amount and spread of light? Spotlights, down-lighters and pendant lights are functional, often positioned poorly and leave shadowy areas that can make your rooms look smaller and give the impression there is something to hide. * Do your lights suit the purpose of the room? There are recommended guidelines for lighting levels for different room use. These light values ensure that rooms are fit for their purpose (e.g. task lighting in the kitchen) and can also influence a person impression of how the space could work for their lifestyle. * Is the kerb-appeal as good in dusk or darkness as it is in the daytime? Many viewings take place in the evenings and outdoor lighting is inviting, draws attention to the most desirable features and is valued as a security feature The team at Light My Space can help with all aspects of lighting from design, planning and project management to selection and installation of your new lights. For a no obligation, free chat about your lighting project, contact us at LightMySpace.co.uk Was this guide helpful? You can subscribe to receive new guides and request other available guides here; https://www.lightmyspace.co.uk/watt/"

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