We all have those little personal reminders that the days are getting shorter. For me, it starts with the early morning dog walks, torch in hand, and quickly progresses to shadowy walks to the station and the daily ritual of opening curtains onto dark windows before I leave the house.
From early October, artificial lighting plays an increasingly important role in our daily routines. And, while it’s easy to wait until lighting needs become urgent (e.g. a blown bulb or flickering light), planning ahead and anticipating your lighting needs for the darker months ahead, can open up a wealth of possibilities.
In our home, planning ahead has meant organising an electrician to address a faulty fan and fitting in our upstairs bathroom, checking torch batteries and correcting how our outside lighting sensors interact with each other.
Aside from functional benefits of good lighting, like deterring burglars and keeping everyone safer by identifying trip hazards, LED lighting can also substantially improve energy efficiency, create welcoming spaces and help people wake up refreshed.