Home Improvement

5 Lighting Maintenance Tips

Keep the quality of your lighting fixtures with these handy hints

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos) Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson (Main Photos)

Lighting plays an important role at home as it not only highlights the look of your space, it also allows you to work efficiently.

To be able to achieve a well-lit home, it's important that you maintain your lighting and electrical features. Be guided by these helpful reminders. 

Read the original article in the December 2013-January 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Update your electricals

Replace incandescent bulbs with eco-friendly and long-lasting CFLs or LEDs. Screw in all bulbs tightly as loose connections may cause overheating.

RL Tip: In most homes, lighting accounts for almost 25 percent of the electric bill. Try converting to CFLs and LEDs to cut down at least 70 percent of the cost.

Organize the wires

Tidy up loose lighting cords using cord organizers! As much as possible, refrain from placing them under rugs or carpets to avoid fire.

RL Tip: If you really can't hide your cords, you can turn it into decor! Click here to learn how. 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Schedule a routine checking

Go around your home and double check if all light fixtures are working. Replace all flickering, dim, or worn-out bulbs in your house. Be ready with a stash of extra light bulbs in case a bulb goes out.

Clean regularly

Just like the other appliances at home, light bulbs need to be cleaned regularly. Use a feather duster to clean out the dust and remove dirt from your fixtures.

Seek professional help

If you're planning to add new fixtures, call a qualified electrician to calculate the load of your electrical panel. Houses that are more than thirty years old may not have enough electric load capacity for an increased number of appliances.

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