Having the proper lighting in your home is essential in more ways than one. Not only can the right lighting improve the way your home looks and feels, but it can also increase the value of your home. So whether you’re selling a home in sunny Miami, FL, or an overcast city like Seattle, WA, you should always consider lighting and the effect it has on your space. Redfin asked Luxury Spaces KC and other experts how installing recessed lighting can enhance the value and appearance of your home.
- Recessed lighting can help your listing receive more views
When you list your home for sale, the competition to attract buyers begins. Though professional photos are a must for driving active buyers to view your home online, those photos won’t be nearly as enticing without proper lighting. Based on the most popular home trends in the U.S, homes with recessed lighting average the most views at 906 views per listing. More views mean more potential buyers, which could potentially help you sell your home quicker.
- Your home may sell above list price
If you’re planning on selling your home, installing recessed lighting may be a great return on investment. Not only is it among the most valuable home improvement trends in the US, but homes with this feature have an average sale-to-list price ratio of 101.5%. So, if you don’t have recessed lighting in your home already, it could be a great project to take on before putting your home on the market. “Recessed lights are highly customizable and easy to install, says Kevin Solano of Nora Lighting. “New technology allows for recessed lighting installation without a housing, keeping costs down for DIY homeowners.
- It can increase functionality and improve the look of any room
In addition to increased home value, installing recessed lighting has many other benefits. This lighting type is perfect for low-ceiling homes because the fixture is built straight into the ceiling. It can also help open up your space and make the room appear larger.
Recessed lighting is one of the most understated design elements in one's home, says Bethani Suter of Luxury Spaces KC. "They're a must-have to set the tone of the home and effortlessly bring in feelings of warmth and vastness. Plus, you can customize them to fit your space.”
Another benefit is that you can incorporate focused light into the design of your home. “Recessed lighting is an excellent general lighting source, but it can also highlight architectural features in a room or accent an important piece of art, such as a family heirloom,” says Brian Kleinberg of Elements Lighting + Decor. “It is an effective way to light a room while keeping the light source hidden and with the advent of new LED light sources, we now can achieve different color temperatures.” Additionally, the spotlight effect is great for modernizing a bathroom, illuminating a home office, or updating a kitchen.
- Installing recessed lighting can elevate outdoor spaces
Recessed lighting isn’t just great for interior lighting. It’s also an excellent option for illuminating outdoor spaces. Whether they’re embedded in the ground or installed to overhead fixtures, recessed lights can add character to your backyard oasis, patio, or other outside spaces. You can also use outdoor recessed lighting to highlight landscaping like trees or other plants when installed in the ground.
- Recessed lighting is compatible with technology
As smart technology becomes increasingly common, homebuyers will likely see it as a necessity rather than a luxury. With that in mind, you can control some recessed lighting fixtures with a mobile device. “The newest recessed lighting technologies give you more options to control the mood throughout your home, says Lauren O’Toole of Maxxima Style. “Wi-Fi downlights are voice and app-controlled and allow you to schedule your lights to turn on or off, dim, or change colors at different times based on your lifestyle. You can also group your lights to control them all together and set up scenes for different areas.”
Pro tip: Homebuyers often demand luxuries in their new homes, and smart home integration is an excellent investment if you want to sell your property. You need a well-thought-out plan to get the best results from your recessed lighting. Your final space should cater specifically to what it's being used for. - BAZZ
- Recessed lights come in various shapes and sizes
Another perk of installing recessed lighting fixtures is the endless options you can choose from to fit your home’s style. For those that want a brighter look, choose recessed lights with a reflector trim to amplify the light in your space. If you’re looking to illuminate a particular area of your home, choose an eyeball trim that will allow you to adjust the angle of the bulb in various directions. And if you’re looking for a more modern look or want to accent a piece of decor or wall art, consider a pinhole trim, which shines light through a small opening for a more narrow beam of light. “Recessed lighting offers great flexibility when installing into new or existing homes, says Ahmed of Four Bros Lighting. “You can wire your recessed lights into different wiring zones instead of a single zone. This offers the ability to turn some lights on while keeping the others off in a single room”.
Regardless of your preference, there’s a recessed lighting option for you.
*Per home listing data on Redfin.com, as of February 2022.
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